Oakwood Lakes State Park

Located near Brookings, Oakwood Lakes State Park offers year-round activities for South Dakota visitors. The park is located at the epicenter of eight connecting glacial lakes surrounded by fingers of land. These eight connecting lakes are divided into East Oakwood Lakes and West Oakwood Lakes. Native Americans knew the West Oakwood Lakes as Lake Tetonkaha, meaning “Look here great house.” The East Oakwood Lakes and West Oakwood Lakes have a combined total of more than 3,000 acres of water in which to fish, kayak, swim, and canoe.

Oakwood Lakes was named for the numerous oak trees that surround the shores, providing the shade and vegetation needed for premier fishing conditions for species such as walleye, yellow perch, and northern pike. The peaceful, tranquil waters of Oakwood Lakes are havens for kayak and canoe enthusiasts.

Oakwood Lakes State Park has five walking trails covering 4.7 miles of shady terrain. Settler Samuel Mortimer originally constructed the Mortimer Shoreline Trail in 1869. Mortimer’s log home remains standing at the original site and is a tribute to the early settlers of the area. Scout Island, named for the former Boy Scout Camp at the site, is also accessible by trail.

The site of the park was once a gathering place for Native Americans. Ten burial mounds dating back to the time of Christ and believing to be of the prehistoric Woodland culture have been found at Oakwood Lakes. Pottery, stone hammers, projectile points, and other archeological findings discovered at the site are showcased at the park’s visitor center.

Tent camping, electrical and non-electrical campsites, camping cabins, and wheelchair-accessible campsites are available at Oakwood Lakes State Park. Lodging can also be found in nearby Arlington and Brookings.

While in the area, visitors are sure to enjoy Lake Poinsett Recreation Area, Lake Thompson, and the South Dakota Art Museum.

Park Schedule & Rates

  • Open year-round
  • Camping: 135 sites (130 electrical).
  • Horse Camping: No electricity. Ten sites.
  • Cabins: Four cabins. Sleeps four.
  • Showers. Water. Two dump stations.
  • Contact park for current rates and availability.

Park Contact Information

Categories: Eastern SD, State Parks

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