Date of Stay: Monday August 1 – Monday August 8, 2016 (7 nights)
Website: Stokes Thomas Lake City Park
90 South Lake Drive
Watertown, SD 57201
Description: Located on Lake Kampeska near Watertown off I-29 in eastern SD. We stayed on site 1 which is a long pull thru with a distant view of the sizeable lake. There are about 70 non-reservable sites all with W/E (50A), a couple of playgrounds, one dumpstation, a boat launch and an impressive Veterans Memorial. The roads are paved while the sites are dirt/gravel.
Trash and Recycle: A few large trash bins spread throughout the cg with bins for drink cans for Disabled American Veterans.
Activities: Watertown is a nice sized place (22,000 pop.) so we caught up on some shopping at Walgreens, Walmart, Menards and Runnings. We ate out quite often too. There is a bike path around the park that goes into town but it was exposed next to the road and hilly in the other direction. We did ride around in the park though. While checking out the Veterans Memorial, I met Laurel Foss who had the vision and drive to create the nicest memorial in a small town that I’ve ever seen. He is a Korean War Army Veteran and it made my day to chat with him. One day we went to the Terry Redlin Art Center near I-29 in Watertown. It is a definite “must see” when in the area and free also. It displays over 150 of his original oil paintings. A native of Watertown, Redlin (1937 - 2016) was voted America’s Most Popular Artist 9 years in a row for his “Americana” style of painting. We’ve had several of his works as puzzles. There’s more to do in town such as Bramble Park Zoo and Mellete House (last governor of Dakota Territory and first governor of South Dakota) but we enjoyed just hanging out in the park and watching the Olympics.
On site 1
Our view of Lake Kampeska Beautiful sunset on the lake
Map of the park Self check-in
Boat launch Entry to the cg
View from the road View from the parking lot
Thank You for Protecting Our Flag Freedom Isn’t Free
Memorial Wall All Gave Some Some Gave All
AH-1F Bell Cobra Helicopter
Terry Redlin Art Center Original chair and easel
Love the way his art is displayed
The Colors of Spring 1997 Evening Solitude 1989