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Just over three miles from Madison, tucked away on a small peninsula in Lake Herman, is a charming recreation area that beckons anglers, motorhome campers, and nature lovers. Prior to the arrival of settlers, Native Americans passed through this area on their way to red pipestone quarries.
Today, Lake Herman State Park boasts breathtaking savannas that consist of lush native oak forests and grassy prairies. This natural environment makes the park ideal for long hikes or casual walks, and the shaded area is great for RV camping and picnicking. The woods and thickets harbor diverse wildlife, so if you like observing and taking pictures of birds and mammals in their natural environment, you'll have plenty of opportunities to do just that.
Planning your Lake Herman State Park camping adventure? Book an RV in Lake County and you'll arrive at this scenic natural escape in no time. Search for RV rentals in Colman and Ramona, which are just 20 minutes away from the state park. Alternatively, you can rent an RV in Madison.
Many Lake Herman State Park campers will spend most of their time down by the lake relaxing, fishing, boating, swimming, or playing water sports. A boat ramp is provided at Lake Herman, making it easy to launch out onto the water and play the day away. No boat? No problem! You'll find equipment rentals on-site. If you're searching for an ideal and peaceful fishing spot while paddling around Lake Herman, it won't take you long to find one. Try your luck reeling in yellow perch, bullhead, white crappie, and different bass species.
Hiking at Lake Herman State Park is especially popular among novice hikers, as the trails are easy to traverse and feature insightful interpretive signs. This is a nice way to explore the park and even spot some of the area's animals, like muskrats, deer, coyotes, prairie dogs, and pronghorns. Remember to bring your binoculars if you want to go birding, and find a good concealed place near the shoreline. You'll likely see lots of waterfowl, like pelicans, black terns, great egrets, snowy egrets, and green herons.
Lake Herman State Park's campground features four loops located between Lake Herman shorelines and Herman Slough. There are over 70 sites for motorhome camping that feature electrical hookups with both 30 and 50-amp service. The park also has ADA campsites, picnic shelters, and camping cabins.
Camping amenities include fire rings, picnic shelters, showers, toilets, drinking water, a playground for kids, and a dump station. Guests can make reservations online or via phone. While searching for an RV rental for this camping trip, make sure it doesn't exceed 50 feet in length, as this is the maximum length campsites can accommodate.
The proximity of Madison makes it convenient for campers to go shopping for supplies, food, and fuel. If you also feel like dining out, you'll find a few different options in Medison. The town has a number of markets, gas stations, and restaurants serving up Mexican, Chinese, fast food, grill fare, and pizza. Once you've filled your belly, take some time to explore the Smith Zimmerman Museum, dedicated to preserving the culture and history of Lake County. Exhibits include tools, weapons, and artifacts that date back to the 19th century.
If you love history, or better yet, really interactive history lessons, right next door to the state park is the Prarie Village. Get a glimpse of how homesteaders lived in the late 19th century and explore 40 buildings filled with artifacts and antique items. The village also has RV campsites, so if you had trouble finding a spot at the state park RV campground, this is the closest place to camp in an RV near Lake Herman State Park. Prairie Village also hosts multiple events throughout the year, so check the calendar to know what to expect when visiting.
Just over 40 miles away from the park is a town called Brookings, and if you're visiting around Halloween and happen to like all things horror, you'll have lots of fun here. Brookings is known for its seasonal haunted asylum, which is a must-see attraction for those who like chills and thrills.
Of course, if you prefer a more tranquil type of entertainment, don’t worry. Brookings is home to a lovely botanical garden. Stroll through the 21 acres of McCrory Gardens on your own, or book a guided tour of the formal gardens and arboretum. You can also book the gardens for your special event. Other attractions in Brookings include art galleries, children's museums, and public parks.