Richmond Lake Recreation Area encompasses a total area of 349 acres of land right by the 1,000-acre Lake. The recreational area is separated into three main areas that cater to the outdoor needs of all kinds of enthusiasts. The largest area of the three is a 200-acre area in the South Unit of the recreational area that is set aside for campers. The other areas cater to the needs of naturalists, swimmers, boaters, and anglers. For example, the Forest Drive Unit is great for those that love to observe wildlife.
Richmond Lake Recreation Area has an extensive trail system that covers a total of 10 miles, including both interpretive trails as well as accessible trails. These trails are great for hikers, horseback riders, and bikers. Of course, if you have a tail-wagger, you can bring them with you to enjoy these trails in the beautiful outdoor environment robust with prairie plants and wildlife. The park also features a wheelchair accessible camping cabin, which means that everyone can access facilities without a problem. To get to the park, simply travel 11 miles northwest of Aberdeen, SD off US 281.
A list of all the activities that you can enjoy at the park includes educational activities, wildlife viewing, family activities, boating, camping, canoeing/kayaking, disc golf, fishing, biking, hiking, horse trail, horseback riding, snow sports and activities, swimming, volleyball, and hunting. These activities are easily facilitated by the following amenities; beach, playground, picnic shelter, camping cabins, campground, electric campsites, warming shelter, boat ramp, fishing dock, drinking water, dump station, fishing pole checkout, flush toilets/showers, game check out, snowshoe checkout, and vault toilets.
If you choose to bring your dog with you to the park, just remember that you must follow South Dakota State Park rules. Some of the rules that you should be aware of including the following. Your dog must always be on a leash no longer than 10 feet long. You must never leave your dog unattended and you must always maintain immediate control of your dog. You must not let your dog wander into buildings or designated swimming areas and you must always clean up after your dog. You can bring your dog into camp and tent areas.