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Lake Information for Lake Poinsett


Lake Poinsett is a one of South Dakota’s largest natural lakes with a surface area of nearly 8,000 acres. There are two potential major sources of surface water that may flow into Lake Poinsett. Lake Poinsett is part of a watershed with water flowing into the lake from the west where lakes Albert, John, Mary, Norden, Marsh, Thisted, and Badger are located. The drainage into Lake Poinsett from the west covers a vast area including the western half of Hamlin County, the northeast portion of Kingsbury County, the eastern portion of Clark County, and the southwest portion of Codington County. In the late nineteenth century it was proposed that the Big Sioux River floodwater be stored in Lake Poinsett and a diversion channel was created connecting Lake Poinsett to the Big Sioux River. Thus, during flood events the Big Sioux River watershed north of Lake Poinsett can be a source of surface water.

Historically, Lake Poinsett has been a popular destination for recreational activities including fishing, boating, swimming, water-skiing, and camping.

Facilities and Parks: 

Public access to Lake Poinsett is exceptional with access locations on the north, east, south (State Recreation Area), and west shores of the lake; however low water levels in recent years have made boat access extremely difficult.

Fishing Description: 

Currently, Lake Poinsett is primarily managed as a smallmouth bass, walleye and yellow perch fishery.

Channel Catfish
Smallmouth Bass
White Bass
Catfish Family
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Lake Poinsett
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South Dakota

Businesses Located Nearby

Boat Rental

Vacation Rental

    Siouxland Resort
  • 19555 Us-81 - Arlington, SD
  • (605) 983-5930
    Lakeview Resort
  • 139 S Lake Dr - Arlington, SD
  • (605) 983-5049

Bar and Restaurant

    Bull Pen
  • Po Box 254 - Lake Norden, SD
  • (605) 785-3111
    Fish Tales Bar Grill & Resort
  • 19570 Us-81 - Arlington, SD
  • (605) 983-5920
    Mr T's Sports Bar & Grill
  • 1300 9th Ave Se, #111 - Watertown, SD
  • (605) 886-0688

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