Lake Kampeska Water skiing

The Trails and Flowing Waters of Watertown Photo Essay


With a name like Watertown, you might assume it to be a city where recreation is a top priority. You wouldn’t be wrong. With Lake Kampeska to the west, Pelican Lake to the south, and the Big Sioux River running right through town, there are plenty of places and ways to enjoy the water.


Parks, fishing ponds, a hiking/biking trail and the Bramble Park Zoo are all located along the river. The shores of Lake Kampeska feature numerous parks with camping, swimming beaches, a disc golf course, the Cattail Crossing Golf Course, fishing areas and playgrounds. Watertown’s east side contains the grounds of the Redlin Art Center, a nature-lover’s paradise where trails wind between fishing ponds, streams and wildlife areas. 

Kayaking Lake Kampeska
Playing volleyball at Lake Kampeska
Redlin Art Center
Frisbee Golf in the park
Watertown aquatic center
Jetski on Lake Kampeska at sunset
Dad and sons fishing near the Redlin Art Center
Watertown Park
Biking in Watertown
Fishing on Lake Kampeska
Boating on Lake kampeska
Little girl at Watertown Aquatic Center
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