Watertown, SD: Codington County (Our 1st South Dakota County)
We made many stops on an 8 day stretch that went through many regions of the Midwest. A gallivant that took us through Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and eventually back to our Iowa City-HQ. We have explored many miles of Western South Dakota, and we were eager to see the Glacial Lakes in the eastern prairies of this beautiful state. Before getting absorbed by the endless Dakota skies, we were distracted by another Watertown icon.
Dagwood’s Subs & More was just the fresh food stop that travelers can really appreciate. We love the bells and whistles of traveling just as much as anyone; but we also love the simplicity of places like this. A family owned institution with fresh bread, fantastic veggies, and the sliced deli meats landing in the middle of it all. We filled up and then supplied up for lakeside.
Our drive to the campsite on Pelican Lake was filled with these horizons like this. Clouds moving an out like passing leaves in a creek. For a few minutes there would be overcast like this, and then moments later sunny blue skies would dominate the landscape.
The campsite was right on the water and just what we were looking for. The large shimmering lake was in full view with its powerful sky and inspirational splendor. So many times we have only thought of the prairie as rolling hills, grassy terrain, and homestead peppered in the distance. These lakes bring an amazing change to the traditional, joyful prairie and hold a beauty all to their own.
Lake water slapping up against the rocky banks was the constant harmony we heard the entire time at Pelican Lake. This sound is one of the most perfect sounds I can think of to help me sleep when I’m camping. Another way is to have a full stomach from a supper cooked on the campfire.
The stay at Pelican Lake was short but it did the trick. Our campsite provided the outdoorsy respite we wanted. The night dipped in the upper 50s with a light breeze, giving us quality sleeping conditions. The afternoon, evening, and following morning drifted by in a way that only Northeastern South Dakota could show us. This lake within an ocean of prairie is a sight that I hope many more will discover. We have so much more of this region to experience ourselves and we know this is just the small sample size of the Glacial Lakes and their communities. See you again!