Mina Lake State Recreation Area

State: South Dakota

Address 1: 37908 Youth Camp Road

City: Aberdeen

Zip: 57401

Phone: (605) 626-3488

Open: Open May through October

Number of Sites: 37

Electric: 36

Camp URL: http://www.sdgfp.info/Parks/Regions/GlacialLakes/MinaLake.htm

Full Hook: Yes

Nestled along the wooded shores of Mina Lake, Mina Recreation Area is is a water-lover’s haven with plenty of room for boating, fishing and swimming. When you leave the water, a spacious campground, hiking trail, and several picnic areas will provide hours of family fun.

Camping: Mina Recreation Area has 37 (36 electrical) shaded campsites. Each site has a picnic table, grill and paved camping pad. A modern comfort station provides showers and indoor bathrooms. One wheelchair accessible site. Showers. Water. Dump station.

Mina was one of the first man-made lakes in northeast South Dakota. Its beginning dates back to the 1930s, when area residents sought relief from years of drought.

In 1934, the Mina Dam was completed and the lake was named Shake Maza, a Lakota word for “shaped like a horseshoe.” The name never quite caught-on, however, and it was later renamed in honor of a railroad president’s daughter.

Recreation: Camping. Cabins. Boating. Fishing. Accessible hiking trail. Picnic shelter, two picnic areas. Playground. Swimming. Volleyball.

Swimming: Swimming beach. No lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risk.

Fishing/Boating: Boat ramp. Accessible fishing dock. Well-known as one of the best crappie lakes in northeast South Dakota. Also contains walleye, northern pike, perch, bass and bullhead. License required.