Sportsman’s Club

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Tucked away on the South-eastern shoreline of Lake Campbell is a unique property and organization known as the Lake Campbell Sportsman’s Club.  For 50+ years, the Club has met on the first Monday of the month.  About 80 members receive a monthly newsletter. Three events bring people from the region: Ice Fishing Derby each February, Mountain Oyster Feed in spring, and Poultry Bingo night in the fall.  The Club provides financial support to 4H shooting sports, Water Festival, SD Wildlife Federation Conservation Camp, GFP Foundation, Dakota Nature Park, and other activities and events.

The Club was organized in 1957 and the first meeting was held in the new clubhouse in July, 1962.  The original purpose was to promote the interests of Lake Campbell area.  The bylaws state that the goals are “conserve, restore, and manage the game, fish and other wild life and its habitat at Lake, encourage safety measures in fishing, hunting, boating and swimming, promote interest of youth in outdoor activities, improve the beauty of the area, work with the Game and Fish Commission.

Among the 175 early members were local folks with names like Kershner, de Blonk, Jackson, Borden, Bortnem, and Meester.  A Ladies Auxiliary worked to raise funds for the kitchen, piano and other amenities.  A 1958 GFP Conservation Digest listed 73 clubs named “sportsmen” or “rod and gun” and 25 Isaac Walton League Chapters in South Dakota.  In Brookings County, there were two clubs, The Brookings County Conservation League headed by W. A McMillan and E., R. Mitchell, and The Lake Campbell Sportsmen’s Club with Ed Harrington of Sioux Falls, President, and E. A. Borden of Brookings, Secretary.

The club house was built on lake shore property donated to the club by the Bauman family. The club house has been rented for various social events including Township meetings, graduation parties, SDSU faculty retreats, family reunions, and 4-H club meetings.  The Club recently installed rural water and a septic system, thanks to a generous grant from the Lake Association. The club house has a great fireplace of field stone, ample meeting space, kitchen, rest rooms, and a great view of the lake.  Members recently updated the lighting and decorated the walls with historical photos, memorabilia, wildlife prints and taxidermy art pieces.

A major program of shoreline improvement is underway.  The Club partnered with GFP in the Shoreline Restoration Program and will serve as a demonstration site for public information and education about the program.  Eight evergreens were planted on the property boarders.  A 20-ft wide gravel launch site has been added for canoe and kayak users.  A kids fishing platform is being planned.

Membership dues: $10 single, $20/couple; send dues to Sportsmens Club, 46776 220th St., Brookings, 57006

Officers: Chuck Berry, President, 693-7750            Ricki Boyle, Secretary

   Doc Peterson, Vice President, 693-3536    Bob Brotzky, Treasurer

Board of Directors (3-yr term): Randy Bortnem, Fred Meyer, Russ Bortnem (past President)

Newsletter Editor: Chuck Berry

Non-Profit Organization: The Club is a non-profit in good standing with the Secretary of State (Nonprofit Corp Number NS000236).

60th Anniversary Lake Campbell Sportsmen’s Club presentation by Chuck Berry

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