Hunting and Fishing in the Glacial Lakes Region of SD
Facilities at a glance:
The campsites, camping cabins and lodge can be reserved by calling the reservation system at 1-800-710-CAMP (2267).Campsites and cabins can be reserved up to 90 days before arrival. The group rental lodge can be reserved for any time during the year beginning January 3.
History of Lake Thompson.
Lake Thompson is the second largest natural lake in South Dakota encompassing some 15,000
-20,000 acres. Lake Thompson was formed in the glacier age. The lake has depths
around 20' and was stocked with large numbers of several species of adult fish and fry
including Walleye, Northern Pike, Crappie, Yellow Perch and Bass in the 80's. The fishing
has been excellent as the diverse habitat has proven itself to sustain production so well
that is becoming known as one of the country's most popular fisheries. (the tranquil
backwater areas are great for spawning habitat)
In 1997-1998 the Dept. of State Game and Fish in cooperation with the state of South
Dakota and the Federal Government purchased an additional 2100+ acres of land for public
use to include a large lake access state recreation area, wildlife production areas,
walking areas, hunting areas etc.. This state recreation area provides camping facilities,
nature areas, fishing and swimming beach areas, (5.1 miles of combined lakeshore
frontage), boat ramps etc. Initial construction phases started in the spring of 1998
including tree plantings, shoreline clean up, and interior road construction for access to
LT to the first phase located 3 miles west and 3 miles south of the community of Lake Preston. Road improvements and
construction on another boat ramp area 5 miles south and 3 miles west of the community of
DeSmet now provides more access to LT & Lake Henry.
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