Get your swimsuit out now because you are going to need a trip to the lake when you get done looking at these photos! Honestly, these lakes are stunning year-round. From colorful sunsets to jaw-dropping scenery, it doesn’t get any better than a trip to these gorgeous lakes in South Dakota. Ready or not, summer is coming and you are going to want to visit these beauties.
1. Lake Poinsett
Day or night, summer or winter, this lake is truly stunning. The beauty of the lake is only second to the amazing people you will meet in this area. The fond memories of summer camp and growing up around the lake will make you wish you never had to leave.
2. Sylvan Lake
With unbeatable scenery and wildlife in the area, this lake could not be better. The rocks that are the backdrop for this stunning lake add a beauty unlike anywhere else in the state. Spending time at Sylvan Lake never gets old because there is always so much to do and see. Stunning in every season, this lake offers space to rock climb, hike, fish, paddle board and cliff jump.
3. Pickerel Lake
Can you believe these views of the Northern Lights exist in South Dakota?! The jaw-dropping views in these photos come from none other than Pickerel Lake, located in the Northeast corner of South Dakota.
4. Lewis & Clark Lake
Conveniently located on the edge of Yankton, this lake is a unique beauty. With endless motorboats and sailboats, this lake comes alive in the summer. You must visit this lake to truly appreciate the beauty of this community.
5. Pactola Lake
Pactola Lake was created by the Pactola Dam. The town of Pactola is actually submerged below the lake itself. Pactola was an old mining town in the Black Hills. This stunning lake offers beauty along with history in a package you cannot resist. This is your perfect summer getaway.
6. Lake Francis Case
This reservoir is surrounded by 19 recreation areas, giving you ample angles from which to enjoy the beauty of this reservoir. Home to wintering bald eagles, this lake offers unique bird watching opportunities. Other ways to enjoy this stunning scenery include hunting, fishing, picnicking and more.
Which of these lakes is your favorite? What stunning lakes in South Dakota should make our next list?