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Punished Woman Lake
Location Codington County, South Dakota
Type glacial lake
Surface area 477 acres (193 ha)
Average depth 12 feet (3.7 m)
Shore length1 4.5 miles (7.2 km)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Punished Woman Lake is a natural glacial lake in northeastern South Dakota. It is located in Codington County, and borders the town of South Shore. The lake's surface area is 477 acres (193 ha), with approximately 4.5 miles (7.2 km) of shoreline. The average water depth is around 12 feet (3.7 m).

Punished Woman Lake is managed by the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (SDGFP) agency as a fishery for northern pike and yellow perch. The lake is also inhabited by black bullhead, common carp, golden shiner, walleye, and white suckerfish. Due to the lake's shallow waters, fish kills during extreme summer or winter temperatures are not unusual, and the SDGFP re-stocks the lake's primary species as needed.


Punished Woman Lake is named for a Sioux Indian legend that tells of a young woman who ran away with her forbidden lover, defying her father's wishes for her to marry a clan chief. When the woman and her lover were returned to the tribe's camp along the lake's shore, the enraged chief killed his opponent, and then shot an arrow through the heart of the young woman.

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