About the Lake


Poinsett yesterday, and Poinsett today.

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Poinsett yesterday and Poinsett today.


  Glaciers formed Lake Poinsett over 10,000 years ago.

  It covers 8,500 acres and is South Dakota's 2nd largest natural lake.

  There are many different species of fish including walleye, northern pike, crappie, bass, perch, just to mention a few.

  The state record 6-pound 9-ounce small mouth bass was caught on the lake in April 08. Several other state record fish have come out of Lake Poinsett.

  The lake is very popular for skiing and other water sports and has the size to accommodate fisherman and skiers alike.

  There are 5 public boat ramps on the lake. Click here to download a map of Lake Poinsett that includes locations of all the boat ramps.

  For current boat ramp availability info visit the SD Game Fish & Parks web site. Youll find the link to the web site under the Links page.

  Its an hour and 15 minutes from Sioux Falls, 25 minutes from Brookings and 20 minutes from Watertown.

  For more details on things do on and around Lake Poinsett visit the area activities page.