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Roy Lake State Park is known for its phenomenal fishing. In northeastern South Dakota, 25 minutes from Sisseton, one hour north of Groton, and 45 minutes south of Gwinner, ND, Roy Lake State Park rests right on the edge of Roy Lake. Anglers and outdoor enthusiasts visit from all over to enjoy the scenic beauty and aquatic game of the area.

Humans have called Roy Lake home for hundreds of years. Evidence of the earliest settlers in the area date back to around 900 AD. As a result of westward expansion, the Roy family were the first non-native people to build a settlement, and the area was subsequently named after them. In 1946, the lake and local area were bound together by the state to land under the protection of the state park system.

If outdoor activities are your thing, you’re going to love camping at Roy Lake State Park. Whether it's land or water sports, soaking up the sun, or sightseeing, you’ll be happy you made this park your destination. Get started by booking an RV in Marshall County and see where the vacation brings you.

Getting Outdoors

The major draw to Roy Lake State Park is undoubtedly the angling. Fishing at Roy Lake is one of the most popular activities due to the size and accessibility of the lake. There's an ADA accessible fishing dock that gives you access to this 2,000-acre lake. Its maximum depth is 25 feet, and these waters are chock full of walleye, bluegill, pike, small and largemouth bass, and perch. And don’t let the seasons stop you. Roy Lake State Park anglers enjoy their ice fishing just as much as their warm-weather fishing. The state of South Dakota requires a fishing license, and you can acquire yours online.

Don’t forget to bring your hunting gear if that’s what you’re into. Roy Lake State Park provides easy access to around 55,000 acres of Marshall County hunting land. Roy Lake hunters can try their luck with pheasants, turkeys, and waterfowl. Hunting licenses for South Dakota are also available online.

When it comes to hiking trails, Roy Lake doesn't have a lot to offer. The Roy Island Trail makes up for its short length of one-third of a mile in beauty and accessibility. The trail is gravel and limestone paved, making it a good option for those with mobility issues. It’s not a difficult trail to navigate, so it's nice for hikers of all ages. The trail leads to a bridge where you can look down into the water and see tons of minnows and painted turtles living their happy little lives.

Camping at Roy Lake State Park

There are two campgrounds within the park for Roy Lake State Park campers to use. West Roy is the larger of the two, while East Roy is more secluded. There are over 100 campsites available to park visitors, which include 88 with electrical hookups.

The park’s amenities are fruitful to say the least. There's a white sandy beach with a boat ramp, kayak rentals, fishing dock, and picnic area. Vault toilets are available for those camping at Roy Lake State Park. Dump stations, drinking water, and a fish cleaning station are also provided. ADA-accessible campsites are available, and the picnic shelter and fishing dock are also accessible by wheelchair. If you're a fan of disc golf, the park has a complete nine-hole frisbee golf course located inside the park, and it's free for Roy Lake campers.

Exploring the Area

Just outside the park in the small town of Aberdeen, you’ll find the Dacotah Prairie Museum. This museum is dedicated to preserving the memories and cultures of the prairie through its history. Its main focus is education and growth. Learn all about the native people who lived in the area before the Europeans settled here. Additionally, through talks, art, performance, plays, and artifacts, you can discover the stories behind prairie life throughout the last few hundred years.

An hour and a half south of Roy Lake State Park, the Bramble Park Zoo awaits you. The zoo boasts over 500 species of animals that are native to South Dakota who call this place their home. Get up close and personal with bears, elk, mountain lions, otters, and coyotes. Learn about these animals and interact with them in a safe environment. Bring the whole family and see all that Bramble Park Zoo has in store.

If you want to see a great art museum, take a two-hour drive south to Brookings and visit the South Dakota Art Museum. In addition to the many amazing exhibits you’ll find, the museum is also a major hub for performance art. Check the schedule online and see what kinds of events are happening in the theater.

When your Roy Lake State Park camping trip has reached its natural end, it will be time to grab some food and get your camper rental road-ready. Within 30 minutes of the park, you’ll find a handful of local cuisine including pizza and diner food. The closest gas stations are around a 30-minute drive away, so keep that in mind when it’s time to go. The closest major road is Highway 10, which can lead you to I-29. From here, head north towards North Dakota or south into the heart of America's Midwest.

RV Rentals in Roy Lake State Park, SD

Roy Lake State Park, SD is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Roy Lake State Park. Outdoorsy's Roy Lake 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?

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