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Hyw 14 & Ingalls Avenue

Rose Vincent Memorial Park

Located two blocks west of Hwy 25 in northern DeSmet, Rose Vincent Memorial Park hosts a basketball court, playground equipment and various perennial and annual flowers. This park was officially dedicated in 1993, and remains a peaceful place for picnicking and playing. The park features a popular, new disc golf course which was purchased through community fundraisers and installed in the spring of 2010.

4-H Park

The 4-H Park is conveniently located across the street from the start of the Laura Ingalls Wilder tour. It is also adjacent to the Kingsbury County Fairgrounds.

This small city park has a picnic shelter and new playground equipment. The building located on the grounds is available for family get-togethers and social events.

Washington Park

The largest city park is located 1 block north of Hwy 14 on 3rd Street and Harvey Dunn Ave. Along with two picnic shelters and a sand volleyball court, Washington Park boasts plenty of annual and perennial flowers. Completed in 1985, the bridge and landscaped area was a memorial project. In 2002, many fundraisers and generous donations helped to purchase the new playground equipment.


Washington Park amenities include RV and tent camping facilities, water, electricity, a bathhouse with warm water showers, lots of shade trees, a sand volleyball court and horseshoe pits.

Camping Rates:
Rate w/ electricity: $20/night
Rate for all others: $10/night
Call 605.854.3731 for more info

Lake Thompson

Located eight miles southeast of De Smet, Lake Thompson is South Dakota’s largest natural lake. This 14,000-acre lake is filled with Northern Pike, Walleye, Perch and Crappies. Bird watching is also a popular pastime at Lake Thompson. Many enthusiasts have spotted Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Marbled and Hudsonian Godwits, Wilson’s Phalarope, waterfowl, shorebirds in migration and Ross’ Geese with huge flocks of Snow Geese.

Lake Thompson State Park offers 103 campsites, four cabins and a five-bedroom group rental lodge perfect for hunters, fisherman or reunions. A playground, beach, boat dock, two comfort stations, dump station and fish cleaning station is also available.

Spirit Lake

7 miles north on HWY 25 and 2 miles west

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Make plans to attend this years Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant!

Make plans to attend this years Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant!

Posted on: 02-01-2024

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