Bring a spirit of discovery

… and enjoy what our natural playground has to offer! There are a number of ways to explore the quiet waters of Lake Herman, or if you prefer to stay dry, the beach and large grassy area are ideal for sports activities or for lounging on a quiet evening. In the off-season, the changing landscape continues to provide opportunities to discover adventure and be refreshed by the beauty of creation.

SUMMER ACTIVITIES

Boating

Seize the opportunity to explore the 1350 acres of Lake Herman by paddleboat, kayak, or canoe, and explore the natural habitat unique to the Glacial Lakes region. The pontoon boat may be rented out on an hourly basis from the Camp Office.

Swimming

Camp Lakodia beach features an enclosed swim area. Children must be supervised by an adult while at the beachfront, on docks, or in the water. On cool or rain days, drive in to the city of Madison for a swim in the their state-of-the-art outdoor aquatic center or Family Community Center with an indoor pool and waterslide.

Fishing

Camp Lakodia is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Herman. Bring your fishing pole and enjoy the early morning waters or afternoon sun out on our fishing dock.

Biking

Guests with bikes may bike around Camp Lakodia or enjoy a leisurely ride on over 5 miles of groomed bike trails in and around the Madison area.

Yard Games

Kids will love playing together on the playground, and with plenty of open fields, we invite you to play your favorite yard games like croquet, soccer, football, tag, relays, tournaments, horseshoes, or bocce ball (a limited selection of games are available for check-out in the Camp Office).

Bonfire

Enjoy an early evening bonfire on the beachfront or by your cabin for private setting. A large bonfire area for larger groups can be enjoyed behind cabins 8, 9, and 10. Bundles of firewood can be purchased from the Camp Office.

Hiking

Hiking is a popular option with our guests who want to explore the wildlife and nature of Camp Lakodia. You can explore the acres of woodland and prairie surrounding Camp Lakodia or hike the three miles of foot trails at Lake Herman State Park.

Golf

Madison Country Club, just two miles North, welcomes guests of Camp Lakodia. Just a few miles West of Madison is The Lakes Golf Course.  And at nearby Lake Herman State Park, disc golf enthusiasts can enjoy a challenging 9-hole course.

WINTER ACTIVITIES

Cross Country Skiing

Enjoy the beauty and wonder of winter in South Dakota while cross-country skiing the trails at Lake Herman State Park. Trails open at the park on December 1st.

Snowshoeing

Get into the great outdoors with your snowshoes and explore Camp Lakodia or nearby at Lake Herman State Park.

Snowmobiling

Bring your sled and ride the 78-mile Siouxland Snowmobile Trail that starts just outside the city of Madison.

Ice Fishing

Avid fisherman can be found on Lake Herman all year long. Check-in with the front desk for ice-fishing location information and guidelines.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Lake Herman State Park

A short 5-mile drive, or a quick paddle across the lake, Lake Herman State Park is located on a peninsula and offers visitors spectacular views. Melting glacial ice formed this 1,350-acre lake thousands of years ago. Fishing, hiking, and cross-country skiing are top activities at the park.

Prairie Village

Located 2 miles west of Madison, Prairie Village has over 40 antique-filled buildings reliving the days of an active turn of the century main street. Open daily from Mother’s Day to Labor Day, visit the Lawrence Welk Opera House, sod and log houses, country school, churches, saw mill, steam tractors, and much more.

Community Center

The Community Center  in Madison features an indoor pool, two gymnasiums, racquetball courts, walking track, fitness center and more. With all these amenities, it is easy to stay active year-round.

Smith-Zimmerman

Located on the campus of Dakota State University, the Smith-Zimmerman Museum allows you to explore Victorian furnishings in four period rooms along with early forms of transportation. The parlor has original furnishings and a unique souvenir cabinet along with a dining room setting, a 1920’s style kitchen, and 18th Century bedroom. The Museum is open year-round with free admission and donations welcome.