Richmond Lake and Mina Lake Recreation Areas

Richmond Lake and Mina Lake Recreation Areas


I found part of someones dock on Richmond while fishing today pm if your missing about 10’ section.
Any houseboat rentals at Richmond Lake?
We have been staying at this campground for 5 nights. It is VERY nice!! The hosts are exceptional. The campground condition is well maintained. We like it here so much we’ve been here longer than expected. Thank you South Dakota State Parks!!!
My husband and I are camping at Mina Lake. We set up camp on May 17 and we are very disappointed that the grass is about 8 inches tall. Last week, there were days when mowing could have been done.
This is the way people leave fire pits in our state parks. Not sure about you but I say unexceptable. Fire pits are not garbage pits.
Hello, we're coming to town and was wondering what the ice conditions are? Thank you
Does anyone know when Richmond Lake is having fireworks this year?

State Park 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.

Operating as usual


Are you looking for something different to do this weekend? How about a "Day-cation?" We are partnering with the SDGFP this Sunday (September 13th) and the first 12 couples or families that come out for a meal at the Richmond Oasis can recieve a free 1 day pass to the park! Hiking, relaxing, seeing nature, or maybe checking out which camping spot you would like to book. Just ask your server! (Or get your meal to go and have a picnic at the park!)

[09/11/20]   Book that last minute campsite. Richmond has five spots left for this weekend.

[09/11/20]   If you have camped at or visited Richmond or Mina Lake Recreation Areas this summer please take a minute to tell us about how your time at the park was at

[08/28/20]   Dont miss out on the late summer camping. The following sites are available for the weekend.

Friday night- sites #6 and #23
Friday and Saturday night- sites #2, #5, and #24

Friday and Saturday night- sites #20, #23, and #36

[08/21/20]   Come join us at Richmond Lake Recreation Area this weekend, campsite #6 is avalable for tonight and campsite #16 is avalable for the weekend.

[08/07/20]   If your looking for a last minute campsite site #2 is still available at Richmond for tonight.

[07/31/20]   The best time of the year is just around the corner to camp. Come spend your late summer and fall vacations camping with us at Richmond and Mina Lake Recreation Areas. We have spots available at both campgrounds at the end of August and into September and October.
If you dont have a camper we have you covered. Reserve one of our cabins, or book our modern cabin at Mina that sleeps 10 people and has a furnished kitchen, gas grill and a deck that over looks beautiful Mina Lake.

[07/31/20]   Campsite #1 is available for Labor Day weekend at Fisher Grove State Park.
To make a reservation visit or call 1-800-710-2267.

[07/31/20]   For those who are looking for a last minute campsite, site #6 at Richmond Lake Recreation Area and site #8 at Lake Louise Recreation Area are available for tonight.
To make a reservation go to or call 1-800-710-2267.

Park Entrance License

You can now purchase your park entrance licenses online at Hunting, Fishing or Camping in South Dakota? The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks' website has the outdoor related information you need. Buy your license, apply for a big game tag and reserve your campsite on-line.

[05/04/20]   Due to Covid 19 comfort stations will be closed until further notice. The vault toilets are open and available for use.

[04/28/20]   Youth camp road is currently closed due to poor road condiitons so please use North Shore Drive to get to the District Park Headquarters and Forest Drive.

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

From our GFP family to your family, we have a message we want to share with you. Stay safe and stay well!

[03/18/20]   State offices are currently closed to proactively help slow the spread of COVID-19. If you need to reach one of our offices, please call 605-223-7660. Our response may be delayed, but we will get back to you.

[02/23/20]   Just to let everyone know the recent article in the Aberdeen American News concerning the removal of the zoned swimming beach at Mina is incorrect. The buoyed swim beach in the park is not being removed.. The zoned swimming area that the department is looking to do away with is at the south east corner of the lake where the M-stations boat dock is located..

[01/16/20]   Good Morning Everyone

Come enjoy the beauty of winter in Forest Drive without having to trudge through the snow. A walking path along the road has now been opened up.

[12/07/19]   Come out and enjoy Forest Drive. The ski trails have just been groomed and are in great shape. We also have snowshoes available if you would like to try some hiking through the snow. Call 626-3488 if you would like to reserve a pair of snowshoes, there is no cost for the snowshoes.

Thank You to everyone who participated in the 100 year scavenger hunt. Please congratulate the winners if you see them out and about. The contest winners photos are from.
Richmond Lake Recreation Area
Miina Lake Recreation Area
Fisher Grove State Park

[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.

[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.

[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.

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