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Roy Lake State Park
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11547 Northside Drive
Lake City, South Dakota   57247
(lat:45.7097 lon:-97.4482) map location

Phone: 605-448-5701
Reservations: 800.710.2267
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Roy Lake is known for its excellent fishing, but you don't have to be an angler to enjoy all this park has to offer. Visitors will find sandy beaches, campgrounds, picnic areas, boat ramps and an island trail to keep them busy.

The earliest known inhabitants of Roy Lake were members of the Woodland Culture, who built large burial mounds. Artifacts dating between 900 and 1300 A.D. have been found near the park. The Roy or Roi family is credited with building the area's first white settlement. Local American Indians called the crops planted along the lakeshore the Roy Planting and the name persisted.
1. Roy Lake State Park offers two designated swimming areas on the shores of its namesake, Roy Lake.
2. Lifeguards are not provided; swimmers swim at their own risk in these natural waters.
3. The park's sandy beaches provide easy access to the lake for all ages and skill levels.
4. Swimming is free with a valid South Dakota state parks entrance license or camping reservation receipt.
5. Besides swimming, visitors can also enjoy boating, fishing and water skiing activities on this 2, 000-acre lake area.

Enjoy fishing in a lake abundant with walleye, northern pike, crappie and yellow perch. Boat rentals are available too.

1. Roy Lake State Park offers numerous picnic shelters with grills.
2. Enjoy lakeside picnics at the park's designated areas.
3. Picnic tables are scattered throughout for convenience and views.
4. The park provides trash cans to maintain cleanliness during your picnic outing.

Cycling enthusiasts can explore a variety of trails, suitable for different skill levels. Be mindful of the terrain.

The park's multi-use trail system is open to bikers. However, caution should be exercised due to occasional rough patches.

Mountain biking opportunities are also available but require careful navigation as some paths may have steep inclines and declines.

Bike rentals might not always be accessible on-site; it would be prudent to bring your own equipment if possible.

Always wear protective gear while cycling in this area - safety first!

Remember that wildlife encounters could occur during rides so stay alert at all times.

Respect other users when sharing the path or track - everyone wants an enjoyable experience here!

Lastly, check weather conditions before setting out since they can affect trail quality significantly.

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