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About Watertown

South Dakota’s Rising Star

Watertown, South Dakota, is a growing city of 21,000 located on the Big Sioux River and bordered by Lake Kampeska and Lake Pelican. Experience the vibrant seasons of this unique prairie city. Swim or relax in nearby lakes and parks; join the sportsmen and women in year-round fishing tournaments for world-class walleye, bass, and northern; or head out into the fields for incredible pheasant, duck, deer, and turkey hunting. Watertown is a growing city with so much to offer. Whether you like to snowmobile, play ball, jet ski, hike, shop, eat, or check out concerts and art galleries – there is something here for YOU!

Indoor/Outdoor Recreation

LATC students get free admission! The Rec Center features an olympic-sized swimming pool, saunas, whirlpool, handball/ racquetball courts, weight rooms, Nautilus equipment, indoor track, and gymnasium. The Watertown area also offers other fun options like: BASEBALL/SOFTBALL • 30 MILES OF PAVED TRAILS FOR CYCLING AND JOGGING • BOATING/ FISHING • BOWLING • MINIATURE GOLF/GO-KART RACING • GOLF • HUNTING • INDOOR/OUTDOOR ICE SKATING ARENA • SNOWMOBILING • SLEDDING • ICE FISHING • STOCK CAR RACING • OUTDOOR POOLS • BEACHES • INDOOR/OUTDOOR WATER PARKS • TENNIS COURTS • MOVIE THEATRE




BRAMBLE PARK ZOO is home to more than 500 mammals, reptiles, and birds and features a Discovery Center, gift shop, picnic area, park, playground, and outdoor band concerts! MEMORIAL PARK is located on Lake Kampeska and offers swimming, a boat launch, camping, and concessions. STOKES-THOMAS LAKE CITY PARK is located on Lake Kampeska and features modern camping, swimming and a boat launch. LAKE PELICAN RECREATION AREA is located on Lake Pelican and offers fishing, camping, swimming, and boating. In the winter, a warming house is available for ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. SANDY SHORES STATE PARK on beautiful Lake Kampeska features water sports, a boat launch, picnic area and camping.

The Arts

REDLIN ART CENTER, a 52,000 square foot monumental brick building at the junction of Highway 212 and Interstate 29 in Watertown, is home to more than 150 of Terry Redlin’s original oil paintings. GOSS OPERA HOUSE, an historic three-story building in uptown Watertown, features world-class entertainment, art galleries, coffee house, and a gourmet restaurant.


Whether you have a craving for burgers, pizza, subs, or wings – Watertown has it all and everything in between! The food choices in town are incredible as are the venues. There are many fine-dining establishments for special occasions, restaurants for the whole family, fast-food chain options, and a variety of ethnic-specific restaurants. Would you rather dine-in? Several restaurants deliver to your front door. Watertown’s food establishments welcome LATC students to our fine city and look forward to serving you.

Festivals and Events

Watertown Winter Farm Show – Crazy Days – 4th of July Celebration – Cookin’ on Kampeska – Winter Wonderland