Richmond Lake and Mina Lake Recreation Areas

Three separate areas in Richmond Lake Recreation Area cater to the needs of campers, swimmers, naturalists, boaters and anglers. Campers stay in the South Unit, while the 200-acre Forest Drive Unit is a great place for wildlife viewing. The Boat Ramp Unit provides access to the more than 1,000-acre lake. Nestled along the wooded shores of Mina Lake, Mina Recreation Area is a water-lover's haven with plenty of room for boating, fishing and swimming. When you leave the water, a spacious campground, hiking trail, and several picnic areas provide hours of family fun.

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[07/26/19]   Good morning everyone its another beautiful summer day in the parks.
We have recently learned of some concerns with the recent algae bloom on Mina Lake. The algae bloom is a natural thing that happens this time of the year. The lake is still safe to use for boating and swimming.

Memorial Day Weekend Is Here!

[05/17/19]   If you need a place to stay over the Memorial Day weekend, the Mina lodge is still available for rental. Call 800-710-2267 to make your reservation

[05/12/19]   Summer is finally here!
The water is turned on to the comfort stations and dump stations at Lake Louise, Mina Lake and Richmond Lake Recreation Areas.

The 2019 Park Hopper Challenge Is Here

[04/18/19]   Its boating time! We have put the boat docks in at Mina & Richmond Lakes. Come out and enjoy the great weather this weekend. We have also opened up the gates to Forest Drive. Come out and enjoy a beautiful drive or try out the disc golf course.

Summer is coming. Make plans to explore one of your South Dakota Parks

Hey parents, got a fourth grader? GFP is partnering with Department of Health to give all South Dakota 4th graders and their families a free fun day at any South Dakota State Park! Passes will be coming home from school soon.

This year, South Dakota State Parks will turn 100 years old. In celebration we are giving away tent camping packages to help start new traditions.

[01/23/19]   With the recent snow we have received, its time to get out and try out the freshly groomed cross country ski trails. The trails are in very good shape, just waiting for you to get out and enjoy the beautiful scenery that Forest Drive has to offer. We also have snowshoes to use if you would like to try them out. They are a lot of fun in the snow we have. Call 626-3488 to reserve your set.

If you are in search of a fun rewarding summer job, come be a part of the team and work at Richmond/Mina Lake Recreation Area

Get your 2019 Annual Park Sticker. They make a great christmas gift. They can be purchased at Kens, Kesslers, Runnings, any park office or online.

[10/20/18]   It’s going to be a beautiful day at the park.
Come join us for Fright Night from 3:00-8:00pm at the warming shelter in Forest Drive.

Richmond Lake and Mina Lake Recreation Areas

Come Join The Fun In Forest Drive

Come Join The Fun In Forest Drive

[07/21/18]   It is going to be a nice weekend. The recent rains have greened up the parks and they look beautiful. Come spend the day with us at Richmond and Mina Lake Recreation Area!

For some very enjoyable fun, check out our kayaks, paddle-boards, and we even have a frog pad. Call 626-3488 and reserve a half or full day of fun on the water.

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Go to this site for information on what firewood can be brought into the state parks

[05/11/18]   Spring is finally here at Richmond & Mina Lake Recreation Areas
The facilities are open, boat docks are in.
Come see and use the rebuilt boat docks at Richmond west, Mina, and Mina east.

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We are ready for some camping!
Remember, campsites are available to reserve 90 days out from your arrival date. Here is a quick look at the earliest dates you can reserve your favorite campsite this summer!

Richmond And Mina Lake Recreation Areas are seeking help for the 2018 summer season

[08/31/17]   Come and enjoy the upcoming Labor Day weekend at Richmond and Mina Lake Recreation Areas
Its going to be a gorgous weekend
Stop by one of the booths to rent a kayak or paddle board or just come enjoy the parks and what they have to offer

[06/30/17]   If you are still looking for a camping spot for the weekend through the 4th of July
Fisher Grove State Park has site # 3 available

[03/31/17]   Mina & Richmond Lakes are finally open. We put a dock out at both parks today, so get your boat out.

Great job to all of our wonderful kayakers at Richmond Lake this morning!

Our park visitors all had a blast at our Amazing Nature Race events! We solved word scrambles, word searches, and riddles all over the park to find our next clues, made our way through the obstacle course, and finally, played Guess-the-Fur and North American Furbearing Mammals Jeopardy, all to win South Dakota State Park t-shirts and a few extra special prizes donated by local businesses! Thank you to the following Aberdeen businesses for your generous donations!

Wings and Rings
Ruby Tuesday
Pizza Ranch
Jimmy John's
Burger King
Dairy Queen

Thank you again!

We had a blast at Sunday's Kids Fishing Contest at Mina Lake. Pictured here are all of our wonderful participants.


Longest Fish: 17 inch Northern, Brooklyn Bohling
Heaviest Fish: 2 pounds, 12.5 oz Carp, Carter Wright
Tiniest Fish: A tie, both anglers caught 8.5 inch Bullheads, Lexi Pietz and Axel DeYoung

Thanks for coming out, everybody!

We had quite the anglers at Richmond Lake's Kids Fishing Contest today! Pictured here are the winners:

Longest Fish: 13 1/2 inch Walleye, Elijah Lindgren
Heaviest Fish: 11 oz. Bullhead, Rylyn Tellmann
Tiniest Fish: 6 inch Bullhead, Landon Tellmann

Thanks for coming out!

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[01/26/16]   The Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament Date has been changed to Saturday January 30th 2016 instead of February 6th 2016.
Registration is at the Warming House in Forest Drive starting at 11:00am.
3 cans of food is required for registration plus your registration fee
All food donations will go to the Salvation Army

[01/15/16]   Come Brave the Cold and Join us at the Park Saturday the 16th of January at 1pm for a Snowshoe Hike.
Meet at the District Park Headquarters at Richmond Recreation Area at 1pm.

We would like to extend a huge thanks to Kim Weaver of Aberdeen for her Dutch Oven Demonstration at Richmond today. Her cooking tips and delicious award-winning dishes, Chicken and Dumplings and Apple Pie, were enjoyed and very much appreciated by all!

A great big THANK YOU needs to go out to the Richmond Lake Association for the fishing pier that was donated to GFP! The location in the park has provided the campers and day users with a beautiful opportunity for some quality fishing. The folks there this morning were to shy to get their picture taken, but it has been getting used and enjoyed!

We had a good turnout for the Richmond Rumble Disc Golf Tournament this morning. Thank you to the AADGA for being such great partners with the park! We've gotten some nice improvements made over the last 4 years and it's showing with higher numbers coming to the tournaments.

What a great morning for the "Do It In The Woods" 5K and 10K through Forest Drive!

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Happy Friday Folks! I just noticed we had a cancellation at Mina Lake, site 19E is now open for the weekend. If you need a site for just one night, site 37E at Mina is open tonight only.
Richmond Lake has site 6 open for Friday only and 21E open Saturday only. You can reserve online at or call 800-710-2267. SD State Park Reservations

[07/09/15]   We just had another cancellation at Mina Lake. Sites 4E and 5E just opened up for the weekend. Site 18E already got reserved so don't take too long to decide if you want them!

We had a wonderful time making it through five rounds of challenges at the Amazing Nature Race events this past 4th of July weekend! Campers and visitors at both lakes competed to win prizes from our wonderful sponsors! A big thanks to Max and Erma's, Pizza Ranch, Jimmy John's, M & H, Culver's, Twist Cone, and Karisma Boutique for their generous donations and continued support of our community!

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We still have some campsite availability for this weekend. At Mina Lake site 18E is open for the weekend and site 36E is open Friday only. At Richmond Lake, site 6 (tent only) is open all weekend and site 21E is open Friday only. You can make your reservation online at or by calling 1-800-710-2267. SD State Park Reservations

The perfect ending to our Dutch Oven Cookout at Mina Lake this evening: caramel apple cinnamon roll pie!

[06/18/15]   ATTENTION: Both the Trapping and Furs and the Dutch Oven Cookout events at Mina Lake this weekend are being moved. They will no longer be at the Picnic Shelter, and will instead be held in the Youth Group Campground! The locations in the post summaries for these events have been altered, as well.

We're all set up for Feature Creature: Buffalo, going on at Mina Lake Picnic Shelter today at 1 pm and Richmond Lake Picnic Shelter tomorrow at 10 am! Come learn about the history of the South Dakota buffalo! Look at real bones, furs, and tools made from this magnificent animal!

SD GFP | Outdoor Learning | Classes / Programs | Junior Naturalist

Introducing the Junior Naturalist Program!

The Junior Naturalist Program is an excellent opportunity for youth 7-18 years of age to explore South Dakota State Parks and learn about the rich natural and cultural history of South Dakota.

As a Junior Naturalist you will:
-Explore nature and the history of South Dakota.
-Gain knowledge to share with others.
-Protect the valuable resources in the state.
-Be physically active in the outdoors.

There are 3 levels in the Junior Naturalist Program.

Level 1: Attend 5 Game, Fish, and Parks programs and do 3 healthy recreational activities.
Prize: Earn a Junior Naturalist badge.

Level 2: Attend 5 additional Game, Fish, and Parks programs and do 3 additional healthy recreational activities.
Prize: Earn a Game, Fish, and Parks sleeping bag.

Level 3: Create a nature program and present it to the public.
Prize: Earn a choice of snow shoes, a fishing pole and tackle box, a disc golf set, OR binoculars.

For official forms and more information, visit The Junior Naturalist Program is an excellent opportunity for youth 7-12 years of age to explore South Dakota State Parks and learn about the rich natural and cultural history of South Dakota.

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