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Surrounded by multiple glacial lakes, Oakwood Lakes State Park is a cozy natural retreat located just 25 minutes away from the town of Brookings. The park's forest and grassland setting is ideal for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and birdwatching. Mesmerizing natural surroundings and a pristine lake make the park a true oasis, and RV campers, anglers, families, and fitness enthusiasts love spending their time here.

The park's visitors' center showcases a collection of items that were found on the park’s grounds. If you plan to wander around the park, make sure to check out the old cabin that belonged to Samuel Mortimer, who settled here and built it back in 1869. Before the arrival of the settlers, the park served as a gathering point for Native Americans.

Keen to explore the natural scenery of South Dakota? Find an RV rental in Brookings County and book your site at Oakwood Lakes. You can rent an RV near Brookings, or check out the options in Arlington and Volga, as both cities are just a short drive from the park. Once you've set up camp at Oakwood Lakes State Park, get ready to explore the lush woodlands, charming shorelines, and scenic trails.

Getting Outdoors

With almost 3,000 acres of lake to explore, it should come as no surprise that some of the most popular things to do here include fishing, swimming, and boating. During the summer, many visitors rush to Johnson Lake’s swim beach to cool off, sunbathe, or explore the lake from the comfort of their boat. While paddling, you'll most likely spot dragonflies and a few turtles here and there along the shore. If you plan to spend your time fishing, you might want to head to the fishing pier on Lake Tetonkaha, where you can catch bullhead, yellow perch, northern pike, and walleye.

Nice shaded areas in the park are perfect for a family picnic and to play frisbee with the kids. Additionally, the park has a specific area designated for playing disc golf, making it a great spot to challenge your camping crew to some friendly competition.

The hiking trails will take you to all sorts of nooks and crannies within the state park. You'll go from Indiangrass prairies and wooded shores to thick forests and wetlands. You can set out on foot, horseback, or bike. While exploring the wetlands, you'll likely spot waterfowl and other birds, including woodpeckers, purple martins, American robins, and eastern bluebirds. Cooper’s hawk, American crows, and turkey vultures rule the skies here.

Camping at Oakwood Lakes State Park

Oakwood Lakes features three well-equipped campgrounds with 130 spots for motorhome camping as well as equestrian sites. The RV camping sites can accommodate vehicles up to 75 feet long and offer 50-amp electric hookups.

Two of the three campgrounds are set aside for RV campers, while the last campground is designated for equestrian campers. If you're not camping in an RV, the park even offers rental cabins for those who prefer a cozier accommodation option. A water spigot and a dump station are both provided in the campgrounds, and you'll also have access to showers, restrooms, picnic shelters, and a playground.

Exploring the Area

The nearest place to find provisions is the small town of Bruce, where you can purchase supplies, groceries, and fuel. You'll also find a couple of restaurants here, but the variety leaves much to be desired. For more attractions and dining options, head to Brookings.

Once you arrive, you can start your day by visiting the art museum, which is a part of South Dakota State University. In addition to an impressive collection of paintings and multiple exhibits, the museum also offers education in the form of programs and workshops. The museum collects and preserves different forms of visual arts, but also supports local artists by giving them a platform to showcase and sell their work.

Parents who are traveling with their toddlers should also check out the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. This is a massive and interactive playground that inspires and teaches kids through play. The little ones will pick up new skills and learn new things, all while having fun and exploring what the museum has to offer.

Brookings has truly spectacular gardens that closely collaborate with South Dakota State University. Guests can spend their time at McCrory Gardens enjoying scenic walks and relaxing, or they can book a particular garden for a special event. There are over 20 different gardens, some of which are home to hummingbirds and butterflies. In terms of plants, you can see different ornamental grasses, a variety of peonies and lilies, an array of rhododendrons and azaleas, and much more.

RV Rentals in Oakwood Lakes State Park, SD

Oakwood Lakes State Park, SD is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Oakwood Lakes State Park. Outdoorsy's Oakwood Lakes State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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