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Watertown: Year-Round Recreation on South Dakota’s Glacial Lakes

Glacial lakes, along with 16 state parks and recreation areas, make Watertown a popular destination for all kinds of outdoors-lovers. Have a picnic or go camping at Codington County Memorial Park. Hit the beach at Sandy Shore Recreation Area. Sitting on Lake Kampeska, Sandy Shore features swimming, boating, fishing and more water recreation opportunities. Pelican Lake State Recreation Area offers multipurpose trails, an archery range, scenic viewing areas and a variety of lake activities.

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Inspiring Outdoor Adventure

Explore the open spaces and friendly places that await in Watertown.

Hunting and fishing are also extremely popular in the area. With public hunting areas and local hunting lodges, Watertown features fantastic hunting opportunities, including some of the best pheasant hunting in the nation. Watertown’s access to the area’s glacial lakes also makes it a popular year-round destination for anglers. Along with these great outdoor amenities, Watertown features all sorts of area attractions. The Bramble Park Zoo gives you the chance to get up close and personal with all kinds of animals. Learn about the regions history by browsing thousands of photos and artifacts at Codington County Heritage Museum.

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Redlin Art Center

Explore the works of famed artist Terry Redlin at the Redlin Art Center. Guests can observe over 160 of Redlin's original wildlife & Americana paintings. Outside, Conservation Park features bridges, gazebos, and more than a mile of walking trails to celebrate Redlin's love of nature and wildlife. Admission is free.

Visit the Redlin Art Center

Lake Kampeska

Lake Kampeska

Whether lounging on the shore or enjoying the water,  Lake Kampeska offers outdoor beauty and fun. The lake has access to six boat ramps, two city parks, Sandy Shore State Recreation Area, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation activities like boating, fishing, swimming and camping.

Check out Lake Kampeska

Goss Opera House

Goss Opera House

Historic charm meets modern elegance in the newly renovated Goss Opera House, a large and vibrant space that's been offering a variety of entertainment since 1889. 

Experience the Goss

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Bramble Park Zoo

South Dakota's second-largest zoo features 800 animals from 130 different species from around the world. The zoo features a number of unique exhibit, offering a truly engaging experience for all ages.

Take in the Bramble Park Zoo

The Redlin Art Center is a popular stop in Watertown featuring a collection of artwork from Terry Redlin.
Plan Your Visit to Watertown

From boating in the summer to ice fishing in the winter, come experience Watertown’s year-round lake activities today.

1 E. Kemp Ave.
Watertown, SD57201
United States

Where to Stay

Relax at a lakefront resort, get in on the action at a casino hotel, or get away from it all on a farm or ranch – it’s all possible here.


Where to Eat and Drink 

There’s a lot on the menu here, from scrumptious café drinks and creative pub fare at a craft brewery to beloved traditional dishes and authentic Mexican food.


What to See and Do Nearby

Go on a self-guided exploration of rich local history, from the ice age to the Old West and beyond.


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