Water Sports | Pools | Lakes

Watertown SD Area Lakes are great for fishing and water sports and activities.  Make a memorable family vacation on the shores of Lake Kampeska and Pelican Lake in Watertown SD.

Lake Kampeska

Lake Kampeska is a large lake approximately 5,250 acres in size west of Watertown.  The public has access to six boat ramps and a few primitive access areas. 
The state park, Sandy Shore Recreational Area has great camping and swimming.  

There are 3 local parks, Stokes Thomas City Park & Memorial Park that provided camping, swimming, and recreation.  Jackson Park is a day use park that provides access to the lake, fishing, disc golf and a play area.   

Pelican Lake

Three public access sites exist on Pelican Lake, two are maintained by SDGFP, the Northwest Lakeside Use Area and Pelican Lake State Recreation Area.  The third is maintained by the
City of Watertown with East-Side Access. At the State recreation area you enjoy boating, swimming, the migrating birds and vast numbers of prairie grasses and wildflowers. Winter enthusiasts appreciate the park's cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing and ice fishing. 

Other Area Lakes

Many lakes north of Watertown provide vast outdoor water recreation.  More than 120 glacial lakes dot the northeastern part of the state. Travel to this rolling farm and ranch country and you will find the lakes range in size from several acres to more than 17,000 acres. 

There are 16 state parks and recreation areas in this area that provide water sports, camping, hunting and fishing. 

Fish year round at Blue Dog, Enemy Swim, Lake Thompson, Lynn, Roy, Rush and Waubay Lakes.