Fort Sisseton Historic State Park - South Dakota

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Relive the western frontier

Named after the nearby Sisseton Indian Tribe, this historic fort is now a picturesque state park that unfolds the area's past. Walk the grounds where the officers' quarters, stone barracks, powder magazine, guard house, and other buildings that remain from time of the western frontier.

This 1864 fort, atop the Coteau des Prairies (or hills of the prairies), was originally a frontier army outpost called Fort Wadsworth. The site was chosen because it provided a strong natural defense, an ample supply of lime and clay for making bricks, an abundance of lake water for drinking and a thick stand of trees for timber and fuel.

Regarded as a National Historic Landmark, it has been restored and is now open to the public. Guided tours by fort "soldiers" and others in costume are available.


Boat Ramp - Campground - Camping cabins - Canoe/Kayak Rentals - Drinking water - Event tent rentals - Flush toilets/showers - Game Checkout - Picnic Shelter - Visitor Center - Wi-Fi - Snowshoe checkout - Guided walking tours of the Fort available


11907 434th Avenue, Lake City, SD 57247 -- Email:


Glacial Lakes Region: 10 miles southwest of Lake City off US Highway 10

Nearest Town

Eden: 8 miles -- Lake City: 10 miles -- Britton: 18 miles -- Webster: 21 miles -- Sisseton: 32 miles

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