Shaped by the glaciers that slowly disappeared to the north over 20,000 years ago, the Glacial Lakes and Prairies area of South Dakota is unique in what it has to offer.
Plan a visit to this part of South Dakota and you will enjoy a variety of family attractions, fun festivals and events, breathtaking scenery, expansive parks, hunting, fishing, outdoor activities, and lots of history.
From Brookings to Huron and Aberdeen to Watertown, the Glacial Lakes and Prairies region covers a vast area and beautiful stretch of South Dakota.
Whether you are planning an extended vacation with the family to Big Stone Lake, a weekend hunting trip to Redfield, or a fishing retreat to Waubay, this area of South Dakota has a little bit of something for everyone.
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Most of South Dakota’s state parks and recreational areas are located in the Glacial Lakes and Prairies region, attracting many campers to the area. From the restored Fort Sisseton and Oakwood Lakes State Park to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie, this area of eastern South Dakota is filled with recreational fun coupled with a storied past.
The Glacial Lakes and Prairies region offers a great selection of museums to explore during your visit to eastern South Dakota. Stop by Centennial Village in Aberdeen to see a working pioneer town of the 1880's to 1890's. Tour Fort Sisseton, a beautifully preserved post-Civil War era fort. Check out the Lamont Gallery at the Dacotah Prairie Museum, showcasing contemporary local and regional artists.