South Dakota May 20, 2020
6 Pristine Hidden Beaches Throughout South Dakota You’ve Got To Visit This Summer
South Dakota is known both near and far for its landmarks, camping, and other outdoor recreational opportunities, but did you know that the Mount Rushmore State is also home to several can’t-miss beaches? It’s true! If you crave a little tropical getaway without the expensive price tag, check out one (or all!) of these 6 pristine hidden South Dakota beaches:
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Sylvan Lake (Custer County)
Whether you dream of napping on the warm sand or splashing around in the cool water, there is no better place to be than Sylvan Lake! Located inside of Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake came to be in 1881 after a dam was built across the nearby Sunday Gulch, making it one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the Midwest!
2. Ravine Lake Park (Huron)
You say you want to go to easy street? Guess what? Ravine Lake Park is literally located along Easy Street in Huron! In addition to its relaxing name, Ravine Lake Park offers a tranquil experience complete with crystal-clear water, a sandy beach, and the Putters & Scoops ice cream shop.
3. Brant Lake (Chester)
Arguably the most hidden and little-known of these beaches is the charming Brant Lake in Chester. Featuring everything from swimming and sunning to fishing and boating, Brant Lake is sure to be your one-stop-shop for all things outdoors this summer.
4. Newton Hills State Park (Newton)
There is more to the 1,063-acre Newton Hills State Park than just hiking, as evidenced by the gorgeous beach area! In addition to the great swimming, Newton Hills is also home to music festivals and other can't-miss events that are sure to make your visit even more memorable.
5. Angostura and Sheps Canyon Recreation Areas (Hot Springs)
Everyone knows Hot Springs for Evans Plunge Mineral Springs, Mammoth Site, and Wind Cave, but until you have also taken a dip in the shining Angostura, you have yet to truly experience this wonderful town.
6. Oahe Downstream Recreation Area (Fort Pierre)
Last but certainly not least on our list of hidden South Dakota beaches is the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area in Fort Pierre, which has one of the largest beach areas in the state! What are you waiting for? Grab your blankets, umbrellas, chairs, and picnic baskets, and we will see you there!
Which South Dakota beach is your favorite? Let us know in the comments! For even more summertime fun in the Mount Rushmore State, check out these
5 Lazy River Summer Tubing Trips In South Dakota To Start Planning Now. Address: Oahe Dam Downsteam Fort Pierre Trail, Fort Pierre, SD 57532, USA Address: Sylvan Lake, East Custer, SD 57730, USA Address: Angostura Reservoir, Northeast Fall River, SD 57747, USA Address: Brant Lake, SD 57016, USA Address: Huron, SD 57350, USA Address: Newton Hills State Park, 28767 482nd Ave, Canton, SD 57013, USA