Prairie Coteau Watershed Improvement & Protection Project

White Lake Dam and Reservoir is a 186.8-acre man-made impoundment located in north central Marshall County, South Dakota . White Lake was constructed as a WPA project in the 1930s. The dam impounds water on the upper watershed of the Wild Rice River, which is a tributary of the Red River. The lake offers some flood protection for downstream benefits and is used for recreation. The outlet for the lake empties into the Wild Rice River.


White Lake Dam

Maximum Depth: 22 feet 

Mean Depth: 8 feet

Lake Volume: 1,496 acre-ft

Surface Area: 187 acres 

Shoreline Length: 6.3 miles

Watershed Acres: 22,348acres


Major Tributaries: Located on the Wild Rice River which flows north into the Red River.


Warm Water Permanent Fisheries: black bullhead, black crappie, common carp, northern pike, walleye, white sucker, yellow perch.


For more information on White Lake Dam, click on the following links:


Watershed Map


SD GF&P Lake Contour Map