Deer on Water

HISTORIC NATURE AT OAKWOOD LAKES

A unique combination of historic pioneer cabins, Native American burial mounds, and forested glacial waters make Oakwood Lakes State Park a year-round destination for history and nature lovers. The park is located in eastern South Dakota, 25 minutes northeast of Brookings between Highway 81 and Interstate 29 near Bruce. Camping, hiking, fishing, disc golf, bird watching, horseback riding and swimming are all popular activities at this park. Samuel “Old Spot” Mortimer built a cabin here in 1862, and it still stands in the midst of the eight connected lakes that make up the park.

Oakwood Lakes Cabin
Historic Pioneer Cabin, Oakwood Lakes
Old Candle
Forgotten Candle, Oakwood Lakes
Sign about mounds
Oakwood Lakes Burial Mounds
Family Gathered Around Campfire
Camping at Oakwood Lakes
Assorted Berries
Track Trail Sign
Track Trail, Oakwood Lakes
Disc Golf
Disc Golf, Oakwood Lakes
Fishing on Oakwood Lakes
Fishing, Oakwood Lakes
Boat on Lake
Oakwood Lakes
Oakwood Lakes Swimming Bird
Oakwood Lakes
Boating on Oakwood Lakes
Fishing, Oakwood Lakes
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