Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area
Open: Open from May through October
Number of Sites: 14
Number of Sites with Electric: 7
Like an oasis on the prairie, this area has a 25-acre lake which is surrounded by trees. Whether boating, sailing or canoeing, visitors will enjoy this lake that averages only eight feet in depth. Native and introduced prairie grasses and wildflowers abound in the 206-acre park, and wildlife of all kinds inhabit this unique area.
Located 2 miles east of Burke off US Highway 18 Location map (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.) DOT Road Report
Park entrance license not required
Camping 16 sites (all non-electrical). No showers or water. Vault toilets.
Reservations: None available. First-come, first-served camping.
Recreation: Camping. Boating. Fishing. 3/4-mile hiking trail. Trail great for bird watching. Two picnic areas. Two picnic shelters.
Fishing/Boating: Single lane boat ramp. Wheelchair accessible fishing dock. Northern pike, largemouth bass, perch, bluegill and bullheads.
The 16 campsites at Burke Lake are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All sites are non-electric. This park has areas for tent camping and RV-type campers.
This 25-acre lake is known for its panfishing. Also expect to snag some Northern pike, largemouth bass, perch, bluegill and bullheads. A wheelchair accessible fishing dock allows access for everybody.
Melting glaciers carved the valley of Hiddenwood Creek. Traditionally, this area was home for several American Indian tribes. Early explorers crossed this area on their way between Big Stone Lake and the Rocky Mountains. The first European settlers named the area because no trees were visible on the vast prairie until they reached the crest of the hills overlooking the valley. In 1927, the Department of Game and Fish used a new technique called an earthen dam to make Lake Hiddenwood, one of the first artificial lakes in South Dakota.
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