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Lake Thompson Recreation Area

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Lake Thompson
Lake Thompson
Lake Thompson
Lake Thompson

Lake Thompson Recreation Area, South Dakota

Come one, come all. Take a well-deserved break from big city livin’ (or even small town life), and recharge at Lake Thompson Recreation Area. Wander through the many hiking trails, and get a sense for Read more...
Come one, come all. Take a well-deserved break from big city livin’ (or even small town life), and recharge at Lake Thompson Recreation Area. Wander through the many hiking trails, and get a sense for some of South Dakota’s peaceful landscapes, whether on foot, bike, or horse. Otherwise, cool off on the epic Lake Thompson—at over 12,000 square feet, this is one of the largest natural bodies of water in the entire state. Relax on the beach with the cool, lakeside breeze, or fish for pike, sunfish, and carp in this lake that’s oh so popular with anglers. Did we mention that long ago Lake Thompson was the chosen home for Laura Ignes Wilder, author of Little Home on the Prairie? As one of the most iconic American books, you can imagine just how darn picturesque Lake Thompson is. What are you waiting for?
Lake Thompson Campground
Get on the water at Lake Thompson while the getting is good! This lake has an interesting history with...
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