Pickerel Lake Recreation Area

Map of TRACK Trail at Pickerel Lake Recreation Area

The Pickerel Lake Recreation Area TRACK Trail adventures are for use on the Glacial Mounds Trail, a moderate 1 mile hike.

Experience the power of glaciers that shaped this land thousands of years ago while hiking to the breathtaking view of Pickerel Lake.

Noted for its cool, spring-fed waters, Pickerel Lake is one of the deepest natural lakes in the state. The 955-acre lake bears a Native American name meaning "where you spear long fish." Excursion boats were common until the early 1900's. A fish hatchery was built in 1929 and abandoned in 1979, when a new facility was built at Blue Dog Lake. 

Track an adventure here
Collectible sticker for Pickerel Lake

Location Details

Recreational Features: Canoe / Kayak, Camping, Picnic Tables, Fishing, Interpretive Programs, Birding
Amenities: Restrooms, Lodging Cabins
ADA Compliant: No
Seasonality: Open all year

Adventures for Pickerel Lake Recreation Area

Nature's Hide and Seek brochure
Hiking

Hide and Seek: Pickerel Lake

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.00
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.
Need for Trees brochure
Hiking

Need for Trees: Pickerel Lake

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.00
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.
Bug Out brochure
Hiking

Bug Out: Pickerel Lake

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.00
The "Bug Out" brochure is an investigation into the creepy crawlies of the forest. This adventure will help kids learn how to tell the difference between insects, spiders and other arthropods... as well as identify some of the more common bugs along the trail.
Birds of South Dakota
Hiking

Birds of South Dakota: Pickerel Lake

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.00
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.

Directions

12980 446th Ave
Grenville, SD 57239
Latitude: 45.486200000000
Longitude: -97.259788900000

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