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Mina Lake Recreation Area

Map of TRACK Trail at Mina Lake Recreation Area

The Mina Lake Recreation Area TRACK Trail adventures are for use on the park’s Shake Maza Trail.

This flat ¾ mile trail winds through woodland areas and along the shore of Mina Lake. Enjoy seeing a variety of native trees, grasses, flowers, and birds.

Nestled along the wooded shores of Mina Lake, Mina Recreation Area is a water-lover's haven with plenty of room for boating, fishing and swimming. When you leave the water, a spacious campground, hiking trail, and several picnic areas provide hours of family fun.

Mina was one of the first man-made lakes in northeast South Dakota. Its beginning dates back to the 1930s, when area residents sought relief from years of drought. In 1934, the Mina Dam was completed and the lake was named Shake Maza, a Lakota word for "shaped like a horseshoe." The name never quite caught-on, however, and it was later renamed in honor of a railroad president's daughter.

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Collectible Sticker for Mina Lake

Location Details

Recreational Features: Canoe / Kayak, Camping, Picnic Tables, Fishing, Interpretive Programs, Birding
Amenities: Restrooms
ADA Compliant: No
Seasonality: Open all year
Trailhead sign with brochures
Group of kids hiking on trail
Family exploring by lake
Kids hiking trail with brochures

Adventures for Mina Lake Recreation Area

Hiking

Nature's Hide & Seek

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
0.75
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.
The Need for Trees brochure
Hiking

Need for Trees: Mina Lake

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
0.75
By following the picture and text clues found in "The Need for Trees" brochure, kids will discover six of the more common trees found along the trail. During their adventure, kids will learn about the need that people and other animals have for trees and about the roles trees play in the forest.
Birds of South Dakota brochure
Hiking

Birds of South Dakota: Mina Lake

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
0.75
The Birds of the South Dakota brochure shows kids where to look for different birds along the trail. The brochure contains illustrations of some of the more common woodland birds and information on how to identify them through various clues.
Hiking

Bug Out

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
0.75
The "Bug Out" brochure is an investigation into the creepy crawlies of the forest. This adventure will help you learn how to identify the difference between insects, spiders and other arthropods.

Directions

402 Park Avenue
Mina, SD 57451
Latitude: 45.443883300000
Longitude: -98.737500000000

For directions and more information, please visit http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/mina-lake/ 

Partners

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 Mina Lake Recreation Area TRACK Trail is made possible through a partnership between between the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's Kids in Parks program and the South Dakota State Parks Department.