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.
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