Newton Hills State Park
Open: Open May through October
Number of Sites: 118
Number of Sites with Electric: 108
Glaciers created this narrow strip of rolling hills and forest that is part of the geological formation called the Coteau des Prairie, which extends along the eastern boundary of South Dakota. At its highest point, the Coteau rises to more than 2,000 feet above sea level. Artifacts and burial mounds found near the park indicate that a Woodland Indian Culture inhabited this region between 300 B.C. and 900 A.D. The area's unique dark forest, amidst a vast open prairie, has prompted many recent legends, including of buried gold, robbers' hideouts and horse thieves.
Camping: 118 sites (108 electrical). Two wheelchair accessible site. Eight tent-only sites. Showers. Water. Dump station. Horse camp: 10 sites (all electrical).
Recreation: Camping. Cabins. Basketball. Biking. Boating. Canoeing on the Big Sioux River. Cross-country skiing. Fishing. Game/equipment checkout. Hiking. Horse trails and camp. Horseshoes. Warming shelter. Five picnic shelters. Playground. Swimming. Volleyball.
Nature Observation: Arboretum trail. Look-out tower. Bird watching area.
Swimming/Beaches: Swimming beach at Lake Lakota, southeast corner of the park. No lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risk.
Fishing/Boating: Boat ramp on Lake Lakota, southeast corner of the park. Boating restriction: no wake. Bass, catfish, panfish, perch. License required.
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