iscover the Unexpected
Whether you are looking for the perfect summer vacation get-away or are coming to visit Dakota State University, Madison, South Dakota has a small-town atmosphere but is large on attractions. Visitors will find plenty to do at one of Madison’s beautiful lakes, its historically reconstructed Prairie Village, or other intriguing sites. With a population of about 6,600, the city of Madison was founded in 1880 when the towns of Herman, which was located not far from the current Lake Herman State Park, and Lake Madison merged. Today, Lake Herman State Park draws travelers to the shores of Lake Herman where 72 campsites and 2 camping cabins combine with other recreational opportunities like boating, fishing, water sports and picnicking to make for a fun-filled family get-away experience.
You will truly enjoy shopping in Madison’s historic downtown where you can find everything and anything—from antiques to boutiques, and bookstores to bakeries. Enjoy shopping as it was meant to be without endless parking lots, warehouses of merchandise and crowds hustling get to the bottom of their shopping lists.
With a strong local economy, productive workforce, adequate infrastructure and motivated public and private sector, Madison’s residents also enjoy a reputable healthcare system, new schools, a community center, a nationally recognized state university and plentiful cultural activities within a burgeoning arts community. Discover the unexpected in Madison, South Dakota!