The Sica Hollow State Park is located 15 miles northwest of Sisseton off SD Hwy 10. The 900-acre park is between two counties in South Dakota (Marshall County, Roberts County) and is in Sisseton city that has a population of about 2,500 people.
This historic park was named after a story relating to the iron-red tinted water that was seen to be blood according to a famous Dakota Tribe story. The actual word comes from the Dakota word ‘See-Chah’ which means evil/bad. Additionally, the Sioux also have several legends of eerie things happening in this area of the park.
Beyond the Native American lore, Sica Hollow State Park has also gained national attention for its natural landmarks that include Old River Warren and Coteau des Prairies. Additionally, the ‘Trail of the Spirits’ was also designated a National Recreational Trail in 1971.
Besides the historical interest and educational information at the park, you can also enjoy the following popular activities camping, snowmobiling, hunting, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, bird watching, scenic driving and sightseeing, backpacking, and hiking. Some of the amenities that you can find at the park include a picnic shelter, fire grates, tie rails, drinking water, and vault toilets.
The park includes eight miles of marked trail that are popular among horseback riders who can also enjoy the beautiful woodland in the park. Dog owners can bring their dogs of any size to the park at no additional cost. If you bring your dog to the park, standard South Dakota State Park rules apply. Some of the rules that dog owners should be aware of include the following:
Your dog must always be attended to and under your immediate control, on a leash that is shorter than 10 feet, and has to be kept at least 200 feet away from the other park guests. In addition, you cannot bring your dog into any park buildings or designated swimming areas. However, dogs are welcome in camping and tent areas. As usual, you have to clean up after your dog.