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Dakota Nature Park

22nd Avenue South and 32nd Street

Dakota Nature Park is located on the northwest corner of 22nd Avenue and 32nd Street South.  This 135 acre park provides visitors with an opportunity to observe nature.  The site once served as the City of Brookings Landfill.  However, the landfill has since been capped and has fulfilled the environmental monitoring requirements of the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  

Mature trees and vegetation provide a safe haven to birds and animals native to this area.  A series of small connecting ponds adds to the scenic beauty.  Paved and primitive recreation trails loop throughout the park.  A metal bridge provides access across the ponds.  

Enjoying a wide variety of plant life, bird watching, and catch-and-release fishing are favorite activities at this park.  

A specialized dog park is planned near the entrance off of 22nd Avenue.  The Outdoor Learning Center, a precision sports shooting center, focusing on BB and pellet gun shooting and archery, has been designated five acres for a future building site.  The City is contracting with a landscape architecture firm for development of a Master Plan for the nature park.  The Nature Park Master Plan, upon completion, will be incorporated into the Park Master Plan by reference.


Mary Dawson

Thursday, July 5, 2018
I love coming out walk here with my dogs. They like to wade in the ponds to cool off. The only issue I have is the grass next to the path needs to be cut down as my dogs are small dogs and couldn't walk on grass without getting the weeds and grass in their eyes. The paved paths get to hot and they need to be able to walk in the grass. All in all it is always a nice peaceful and enjoyable walk!

Valori Host

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Beautiful trails to bike or walk on paved and crushed rock trails. Peaceful and lovely bridges. Kids liked the activities in the nature center, canoeing, and kayak rentals. We also checked out the mountain bike trails and pump track. Good signage for Mt. Bike trail loops easy vs hard loops. Grandpa & son experienced riders. Lots of cool bumps, and some jumps. Myself and 5yr old did loop in woods and easy track on regular bike. The pump track was fun and to try. There are easy loops for strider bike or kid's scooter, intermediate, and advanced pump tracks. However, no signage to indicate levels or the start point. We found this difficult as newbies. Great course, but city is letting an asset like this go neglected due to poor maintenance and no signs for loop levels or starting point. It also was very difficult to find the entrance to the Mt. Bike area. I suggest parking in the outdoor activity gravel lot them follow the treeline by the baseball outfield to find the entrance. We are from St. Paul MN and did like all the offerings for outdoor fun!

Jessica Bach

Friday, May 25, 2018
This is a wonderful park. I love to go for walks here frequently. They even allow dogs as long as they are on a leash and the owner picks up after their pet. They have places to sit and rest your legs. I love to sit and stare out at the water and take in the peaceful sounds of the wildlife that reside there. You'll find many different birds and plants to appreciate.

Curtis Ahmann

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
We like to ride bikes, walk the dog and fish a little here. Good place to bring the kids to burn a little energy. The bike hills are pretty unique and watercraft can be rented.


Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
It's a very nice park! Walking paths, biking, small boating, dogs allowed on leashes and fishing. Lots of ponds with wild life! Beautiful and peaceful inside the city of Brookings SD.

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