The Lake Thompson Recreation Area TRACK Trail adventures follow the Prairie View Trail.
The Prairie View Trail is an easy 1-mile loop, with the option of a shorter loop. The trail passes through a tall grass prairie and offers great views of one of the largest lakes in South Dakota.
Originally called Dry Woods Lake by American Indians, the lake was renamed for Jacob Thompson, Secretary of the Interior under President James Buchanan. In the 1930s, the lake was completely dry and used for pasture. In the 1980s, the area was a 9,000-acre marsh. Heavy rains and snowmelt in the mid-80s filled the lake to over 20 feet deep. The lake is so distinct it was designated as a National Natural Landmark.
Have fun as you travel the trail, exploring the park and discovering its wonders!
Adventures for Lake Thompson Recreation Area
Nature's Hide & SeekDifficulty:
Lake Thompson: The Need for TreesDifficulty:
Birds of South DakotaDifficulty:
The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.
The Lake Thompson Recreation Area TRACK Trail was made possible thorugh a partnership formed between Kids in Parks and South Dakota State Parks.