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One of the largest lakes in the state, Lake Poinsett was named after Joel Poinsett who served as U.S. Secretary of War. He was instrumental in promoting the expedition of Joseph Nicollet and John Fremont who first explored the region in 1838. The party camped on the north side of Lake Poinsett. Today, the lakeshore still provides excellent camping opportunities, as well as many other recreational activities.
Estelline is located only seven miles from South Dakota’s second largest natural lake, Lake Poinsett. The 7,886 acre Recreational Area offers visitors excellent grounds for hiking and camping, as well as terrific waters for boating, fishing, waterskiing, tubing, and more.