'Wilder' Wildlife at the Lake
Located eight miles southeast of De smet. Lake Thompson is the second-largest natural glacial lake in South Dakota. This 16,236 acre lake is filled with Northern Pike, Walleye, Perch and Crappies.
Bird Watching is also a popular pastime at Lake Thompson. Many enthusiasts have spotted Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Marbled and Hudsonian Godwits, Wilson's Phalarope, waterfowl, shorebirds in migration and Ross' Geese with huge flocks of Snow Geese.
Lake Thompson Recreation Area offers 103 campsites, four cabins and a five-bedroom group rental lodge perfect for hunters, fisherman or reunions. A playground, beach, boat dock, two comfort stations, dump station and fish cleaning station are also available.
Located seven miles northwest of De Smet, Spirit Lake is 1,259 acres and 11 feet at its deepest point. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Northern Pike, Walleye, White Crappie, Yellow Bullhead and Yellow Perch.
Dry Lake #2
Approximately 25 miles north of De Smet, Dry Lake #2 is one of the hottest lakes for monster Master Angler yellow perch along with lots of walleyes. This lake draws fishermen from many states who often stop in De Smet for supplies. It is a 6,475 acre sport fishing lake with a maximum depth of 15 feet 4 inches with many other lakes in close proximity.