Fort Sisseton

Picture of Fort Sisseton

Walk the grounds where the officers' quarters, stone barracks, powder magazine, guard house, and other buildings remain at frontier Fort Sisseton. This 1864 fort, atop the Coteau des Prairies (or hills of the prairies), is a rare reminder of the western frontier. The fort's name comes from the nearby Sisseton Indian Tribe, and it is now a picturesque state park that unfolds the area's history.

Facilities at a Glance

Visitor Center and Interpretive Displays
Campground with 15 Campsites
Boat Ramp
Comfort Stations
Picnic Area, Shelter with kitchen
Guided Walking Tour

Hours of Operation

Fort Sisseton Visitor Center is open daily, June-August. The park is open all year. Park fee. The Fort Sisseton Festival, held the first full weekend in June, is a rendezvous featuring cavalry, fiddlers, square dancing, draft horse pulling, tomahawk throwing, a melodrama, and other excitement. Admission to the Festival.


To get to the fort from I-29, take U.S. Highway 12 west about 24 miles, then Highways 25 and 73 north about another 24 miles. Or, from I-29 take Highway 10 west about 26 miles, then Highway 73 south about 5 miles.


Take in the intriguing sight where the water flow goes separate directions -- going north and south -- at the North/South Continental Divide on Lake Traverse along the South Dakota/Minnesota border. It's southeast within 10 miles of I-29, along S.D. Highway 10.

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