Lake Herman State Park

State: South Dakota

Address 1: 23409 State Park Drive

City: Madison

Zip: 57042

Phone: (605) 256-5003

Open: Open May through October

Open all Year: No

Number of Sites: 69

Electric: 72

Electric Water: 70

Camp URL:

Full Hook: Yes

Located on a peninsula, Lake Herman State Park offers visitors spectacular views of Lake Herman. Melting glacial ice formed this 1,350-acre lake thousands of years ago.

Now, camping, boating, fishing, and cross country skiing are favorite activities at the park. Wildlife observation is aided by the native oak woodlands and prairie grasses that blend to create a lush savanna in the natural areas of the park. Most of the trees are native, while others were planted to provide convenient camping and hiking areas, as well as provide habitat for the variety of birds and animals that live in the park.

Lake Herman State Park is sure to have something for everyone: Those staying overnight can chose among 70 electrical campsites, two tent-only sites and two camping cabins. Visitors to the park for the day can play disc golf, hike, cross-country ski, canoe, play horseshoes or immerse themselves in the history of the area. A wheelchair accessible campsite and fishing dock allow everyone to enjoy what Lake Herman has to offer.

72 sites (70 electrical). Two wheelchair accessible site. Two tent-only sites. Showers. Water. Dump station.

Recreation: Camping. Cabins. Boating. Canoe and kayak rentals available. Cross-country skiing. Nine-hole disc golf course. Fishing. Game/equipment checkout. Hiking trails through grass prairie, wetlands and historic sites. Historical sites/interest: 1871 cabin and cemetery. Horseshoes. Two accessible picnic shelters. Playground. Ski beach. Swimming.

Swimming/Beaches: Ski beach, swimming beach. No lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risk.

Fishing/Boating: Boat ramp. Accessible fishing dock. Bullhead, crappie, perch, walleye. Fishing license required.