"Lake Thompson"
South Dakota

Welcome to a Natural part of South Dakota.
Fishing / Hunting / Recreation Guide

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Waterfront Property for sale on Lake Thompson, SD

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Hunting and Fishing in the Glacial Lakes Region of SD

Overnight camping is available. Most of the over 100 campsites have electrical hookups and a fire ring and picnic table. Two camping cabins offer breathtaking views of the lake. The group rental lodge, a remodeled farm house, is perfect for large group reunions, family functions or hunting trips. The 5-bedroom facility includes a comfortable living room, dining room, kitchen with major appliances, two full bathrooms with showers and nice outdoor deck with gas grill. Nearby space is also available for campers, complete with electrical hookups.  Bring your bicycles the roads are  paved.

Facilities at a glance:
Over 100 campsites!
4 camping cabins!
Modern comfort station with showers
A 5-bedroom group rental lodge
Boat dock and launching facilities
Fish cleaning station
Vault toilets
Playground equipment
Swim beach
Paved roads for bicycling
Tent sites

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.

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Lake Thompson Waterfront homes.
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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)
     Combine this with being located on a major waterfowl flyway and you  add excellent waterfowl hunting. Canadian & snow geese hunting as well as the northern duck hunting is also  some of the best in the United States.
     We think you will find the hunting & fishing around the 4Lakes region of South Dakota excellent!  (Lake Thompson, Lake Preston, Lake Henry and Lake Whitewood)

     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.
       You will find your needed services and more information about this area throughout this web site.  If you have never visited or vacationed in this area before please consider doing so!  Check back for information on area events such as the annual Laura Ingalls Wilder pageant, Kingsbury Klassic Kruisers Car Club,   snowmobiling, special community and Lake Thompson events including fishing tournaments, and of course general fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, camping, etc.


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