Things to do in Lemmon South Dakota

Lemmon, SD

Find Your Path To Discovery, To Adventure, To Inspiration

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Lemmon is a lively and safe community in South Dakota, with a population of about 1200 people. Embedded in Perkins County, Lemmon is full of career opportunities, plenty of recreation areas and activities to be found; Lemmon is a growing town. Founded by George Ed Lemmon in 1907, the community and surrounding areas are steeped in Western history, from the Native American's times on the plains to the settlers and cowboys that grazed their cattle here.

Petrified Wood Park

Roadside America

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Occupying nearly a full city block of the town of Lemmon, the petrified wood park is a curiosity that will pique an interest in both geology and architecture. With towers up to 20 feet tall, and a castle comprised of petrified wood, and petrified dinosaur and mammoth bones, the petrified wood park will be a topic of family discussion for years to come.

Shadehill Recreation Area

Experience Nature

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Nestled on the shores of Shadehill Reservoir, Shadehill Recreation Area offers opportunities to enjoy land- and water-based activities. The reservoir is one of western South Dakota's few large lakes. The dam, built in 1951 by the Bureau of Reclamation, creates more than 5,000 surface acres of water to enjoy.

Grand River Museum


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This Museum has many displays of life on the ranch, old time entertainments, Native American history, the Bismark Deadwood Trail and the local history. Cowboys and various families have donated artifacts and pictures to display here.

John Lopez


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Sculptor John Lopez was born and raised on a ranch in Western South Dakota. In the midst of a successful career in bronze sculpting, Lopez discovered an exciting new direction: scrap iron sculpting.

Hugh Glass Monument

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The South Dakota wilderness in the early 1800’s was a dangerous place for the countless rugged trappers and adventurers who trekked hundreds of miles away from civilization to reap nature’s spoils, but none of these intrepid explorers likely faced these perils as up close and personal as Hugh Glass who was left for dead after a bear attack hundreds of miles from any settlement and lived.