The Pelican Lake Recreation Area’s TRACK Trail adventures are for use on the park’s ObservationTower Trail, a 1 mile trail (2 miles round-trip) through open grasslands and mixed hardwood forests
Enjoy a nice view of Pelican Lake, shorebirds, and waterfowl in an observation tower located along an inlet to the lake. Pelican Lake is a popular stopping point for migrating waterfowl. Each fall, geese and ducks use the lake's open waters as a resting area. A variety of shore birds spend their entire summer in or near the park.
Most noticeable are the large white pelicans that frequent the lake. Pelicans were so numerous when the region was first settled that the lake was named in their honor. An observation tower on one of the hiking trails gives visitors a bird's-eye view of the area.
Adventures for Pelican Lake Recreation Area
Nature's Hide & SeekDifficulty:
Need for Trees: Pelican LakeDifficulty:
Birds of South Dakota: Pelican LakeDifficulty:
For directions and more information, please visit http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/pelican-lake/
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 Pelican 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.