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Marshall County: Rich History


PIERRE, S.D. – Marshall County, in the state’s northeastern corner, is home to two state parks, numerous natural wonders and rich history. The communities and landscape within this county provide a truly unique experience.

Capture a piece of history at the picturesque Fort Sisseton State Historical Park. Walk the groundswhere the officers' quarters, stone barracks and other buildings remain. Located atop the Coteau des Prairies, Fort Sisseton was originally established in 1864 and served as an active Army outpost until 1889.

The Fort Sisseton Historical Festival is held each year in June. This festival showcases a weekend of history and family-friendly entertainment. Other features at this park include hiking, horseback trail rides and snowmobile trails.  Grab your camera in the fall when the park’s lush greenery gives way to brilliant yellows and vibrant oranges.

Roy Lake State Park is known for its excellent walleye, bass, panfish and pike fishing. Visitors also will find sandy beaches, campgrounds, picnic areas, boat ramps and a variety of trails for enjoying the outdoor scenery.  A resort offers conveniences like groceries and bait, as well as boat rentals and cabins.

Stop at the Prayer Rock Museum featuring an authentic teepee, an Indian Village and Prayer Rock. The museum showcases a North American wildlife display, as well as a rebuilt log cabin, originally located near Fort Sisseton. 

The Uniquely South Dakota series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique aspects and attractions in each of South Dakota's 66 counties. This profile was researched and compiled by Shayla Waugh, public relations intern for the Office of Tourism.


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