Dalton Lake Campground

  • Historic CCC Campground

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    Between 1934 -1937, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed a dam, campground, sheltered picnic area, and other structures in this beautiful location. The quiet and small eleven site campground overlooks Dalton Lake. The nearby Dalton Lake Trailhead provides access to the Centennial Trail which is open for hiking, horseriding and bicycling (on Centennial trail going north). The Centennial trail going to the south it is open for motorized travel. There was also, at one time, a ski slide in the area that has since fallen into disuse. Many CCC remnants remain here including two stone bridges and a sheltered picnic area, but unfortunately, when a massive flood in 1972 happened, other remnants were washed away forever. Forest Engineers, Archeologists and HistoriCorps are working together to un-cover what materials and tools will be needed to preserve the sheltered picnic area while keeping its historical characteristics accurate and intact and hope to begin work on it towards the end of summer 2024.

Dalton Lake is next to the campground and is a popular little fishing area with populations of rainbow and brook trout. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks manages the fishing here, so prior to fishing consult the state fishing regulations. Shoreline access is good, as is access via a pier. Dalton Lake is approximately 2.8 acres and 15 ft. deep. The Forest Service and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks drained and dredged the lake in 2011/2012.

  • Dalton Lake Campground Layout

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    Reservations are not available for Dalton Lake Campground. Sites are available first come, first served. See the layout of the campground to find your perfect camping site.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Dalton Lake Campground closes each year during the Off Season.
Fees: $21.50/night for single unit
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Nemo
Water: Potable Water available during the peak season only
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Concessionaire Forest Recreation Managment

General Information


To access the Dalton Lake Campground from Nemo, travel north on FSR 26 for approximately four miles. Turn right, or east onto FSR 224, Dalton Lake Road. Travel on 224 for approximately five miles to the campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 11 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites 1 of 11

RV Camping

Dalton Lake Campground has a 45 foot spur length.

Reservation Info Not Reservable
Hookup - Water No
Hookup - Sewer No
Dump Stations No
Pavement Type of Parking No

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