Welcome to Scotland, South Dakota A community off the beaten path.

Welcome to Lake Henry, the 113 acre retreat for year around fishing.


Nestled away in the farm country of  the North-East corner of Bon Homme County,  Lake Henry is the stop to drop that hook into the water.  Whether you're looking for a summer to teach the grandkids about hooking a worm, or to be sheltered away from the South Dakota winds in your shack over the hole in the ice, you can visit year around.


Fish Species found at Lake Henry include: Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Black Bullhead, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, White Sucker, and Carp.


Lake features:

  • Two lane boat ramp with dock on southeast corner
  • Restrooms near boat ramp
  • Shore access on both sides of lakes
  • Two handicapped accessible fishing piers
  • No-wake zone


Lake History (taken from SD GFP)

Lake Henry was created by the construction of a dam across Dawson Creek in

1937. It was named in honor of State Senator Henry Brown of Bon Homme County. The lake quickly became a popular water-based recreation spot for the area. By the late 1980s, however, decades of erosion from the watershed had degraded the lake and use had declined considerably.


Plans to renovate the lake began in 1991 after extensive damage to the spillway

was discovered. In 1994, the dam was breached and the lake drained to allow spillway repairs and the removal of accumulated sediments. The renovation project quickly ground to a halt when funding was withdrawn and the lake remained dry for nearly a decade.


In 2002, funding for the project was restored. It was determined more economical to build a new dam rather than rebuild the old one. A new site was chosen ⅜ of a mile downstream and construction began late in 2002. The dam was completed in 2003 and completely filled with water in 2005.


1 mile east on 427th Ave.& ¾ mile south on Lake Henry Road (no public boat access @ this north side, only shoreline fishing). Public access and handicap pier on south edge of lake on 293rd Street, ¾ mile east off Hwy. 25.

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