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“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” ~Oscar Wilde

Once the leaves change into a shade of shimmering gold and red, it’s time to enjoy the crisp air and indulge in all things fall. Read on to learn more about things to do in the Lake Poinsett and surrounding area.

Snap a fall photo .

We spend most of our time looking out at the water, but if you still have your boat on the lift, consider taking your camera or phone along on your next boat ride and turn its lens on those towering cottonwoods turning their leaves!

Throw out a line

Most people avoid fall fishing as temperatures start to drop, but this can actually be the perfect time to catch some big fish. If you are a fisherman you already know that the “Fall Feed” has begun, and there’s no place better to catch walleye, pike, and perch than Lakes Poinsett and Albert!

Go apple-picking

What’s a better way to spend your day outdoors in the fall than apple-picking? Lake Norden is home to Prairie Blush Orchards. Discover farm fresh apples, pumpkins, squash and enjoy wagon rides from 2-4 every Saturday. Homemade pies and SDSU ice cream await you!

Purchase fresh goods from the local farmers market

The Watertown farmers market is open each Saturday morning, 8:00-noon, in the Runnings parking lot through the month of October. Pick up farm-fresh eggs, baked goods, apples, grapes, pears, tomatoes, carrots, beets, potatoes, onions, bell peppers, and a wide variety of hot peppers, squash, pumpkins and fresh-baked bread.

The Estelline farmers market features seasonal garden produce, chicken, eggs, dog treats, strawberries, bedding plants, sweet corn, spices, and honey and bee products. The market is open each Friday from 4-7 in Gazebo Park on the corner of Main Street and Route 28 in Estelline through October.

Take the kids outdoors

Take your kids for a walk at Lake Poinsett State Park and search for pine cones, leaves and twigs as you go. Pinterest has hundreds of ideas for fun crafts with the kids!

Meet your friends at a winery or local watering hole

Ghost Town Winery is a family run winery in Watertown. Every batch of wine is carefully handcrafted and bottled. Wines are named for ghost towns around the state of South Dakota. The history of South Dakota’s lost towns is discussed in the tasting room at various stages of sampling so who knows what is true and what is completely made up! Either way, have fun and enjoy the wine!

Go on over to the Dempsey’s Pub Oktoberfest Celebration October 5th through the 7th in Watertown. The pub and restaurant will have a special menu for three days and events including stein holding and keg tossing. The Jim Kucera Band will entertain you with traditional polka music. Have a listen!

Create your own work of art

Sign up to paint a DIY fall-themed wood sign at Siouxland Bar & Grill on Lake Poinsett October 10th at 6:30.

Take a swing

For those golfing die-hards, hit the greens for the Polar Bear Scramble October 14th at Lake Region Golf Course located at Lake Poinsett. Not sure if it’s worth getting the clubs back out? Read here!

Dog Days of Fall

For one day only, bring your dog to McCrory Gardens in Brookings for the Dog Days of Fall! Dress up your four-legged friend in costume and take a photo with your spooky pooch. Admission is free will donation for humans and $1 per dog. Mark your calendars for this event on October 14th from noon-5.

Get ready for the big scare

If you are looking to scare up activities for the little ones, stop by Oakwood Lakes State Park on October 27th from 4-7. Activities will include hay rides, face painting, trick-or-treat tables, scavenger hunt, and fun games. Stop by the warming shelter and Mortimer’s Cabin area. Park license is required.

Shop ‘til you drop at fall craft shows

Fall is prime time for craft shows and Lake Norden’s Silver Star Bazaar features items from over forty local vendors. The bazaar’s 11th annual event will be Saturday, November 3rd.

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