Joy Ranch

Joy Ranch is an 1880's prairie town design, complete with "old west" facades, with modern high comfort facilities. Situated on a quiet lake nestled into the rolling prairie hills, Joy Ranch is a special place set apart. Uniquely-designed conference rooms with prairie-vista views meet the needs of small or large meetings.

Wireless internet access and projection capabilities will facilitate a modern meeting in a distinctive space.

Majestic horses graze in lush green pastures with a state-of-the-art riding arena and traditional barns in the backdrop. A dynamic horseback riding program will include therapeutic riding, buggy and trail rides.

Facilities and Accommodations

Joy Ranch is a place that includes all people. We are happy to serve you all year long! Sixteen thematically-designed, fully wheelchair-accessible retreat center rooms with private bathrooms. Most rooms have two queen size beds, two of the rooms have one queen size and two twin beds. Linens and towels are provided with these rooms.

Four cabin-style rooms (bunkhouses), each with their own accessible bathroom. Each cabin-style room has 15 single beds. This lodging option is less expensive, and guests need to bring their own linens and towels.

Food Service
Joy Ranch provides wonderful, made-from-scratch meals that can accommodate any dietary needs. You will be able to select your menu. You may also have Joy Ranch provide refreshments throughout the day. Whether your meeting is large or small, we have the dining room space to accommodate you. Joy Ranch will provide coffee and water service throughout the day.

Retreat Room Lodging
Rooms hold up to 4 people; 14 rooms with 2 queen-size beds -- 2 rooms with a queen & 2 twin beds
Linens are included.
Retreat room cost includes a light continental breakfast, or a hot breakfast is available at an
additional cost.

Bunk House Lodging
Each bunk house has 15 bunks and a shared restroom.
Please provide your own linens; linens are not included.
Breakfast is available; price does not include breakfast.

Coyote Campground
The Campground includes 11 spacious sites with breathtaking views of the prairie and quiet Lyle Lake.
Each site contains electric hook up, (each pedestal has 50, 30, and 20 amp plug ins)a water hook up at each site, central sewer dump station and a fire ring and picnic table. No shower/bath house facilities are available.

Two Dining Rooms
The large dining room can seat 240 for a meal. The small dining room can seat an additional 40 people.

You are welcome to plan a social hour. Joy Ranch does not provide alcohol. More detailed information about this policy is available at your request.

Contact us at 605-886-4622 or

Family Reunions and Retreats

Joy Ranch is a spectacular location and facility for your next family reunion or retreat! The unique and comfortable lodging, the tasty meals, and the activities available will make your get-together something you will never forget! Joy Ranch is a place where life-long family reunion memories will be made.

The facilities are accessible to people of all abilities, if grandma uses a walker—no problem; if the next generation is still in a stroller—no problem! Your whole family can experience all the adventures Joy Ranch has to offer. Imagine the adults watching the sun set from the large patio overlooking the lake while the kids canoe the shore line looking for turtles. Imagine playing cards and laughing together until the wee hours. Think about grandpa sitting under the covered boardwalk while grandkids play together.

Contact us at 605-886-4622 or

Business Meetings

Imagine what your staff team can accomplish when everyone steps away from the ringing phones and day-to-day distractions. Joy Ranch is the perfect place for strategic planning, continuing education, and team building. You can come for a day of meetings or make it an overnight retreat.

Meeting Spaces
We have a variety of conference rooms with vista views of the lake and prairie. Joy Ranch staff will happily arrange the space to meet your needs for lecture, small group conversation, or large group brainstorming. Wireless internet access and projection capabilities will facilitate a modern meeting in a distinctive space.

Contact us at 605-886-4622 or

Weddings, Receptions, and Parties

Joy Ranch is the perfect place for your special day! Whether it be a wedding, party, reception, or other gathering, Joy Ranch’s unique design will make your next event something folks will talk about long after the day is done.

Joy Ranch is a unique, family-friendly place for a destination wedding close to home. You can get married at sunset overlooking quiet Lyle Lake, or have a smaller wedding on the patio or fireside. Invite your guests to dance the night away under the timber trusses of the lake-view dining room.

There are a number of spaces that can be considered for a ceremony, and we invite you to come for a tour so you can begin to imagine what the right fit is for you. There are outdoor spaces to consider—a grassy knoll overlooking the lake, a large patio also with lake views, and “Main Street.” There is a restored prairie church, 100 guests maximum. There are a number of indoor spaces with variable seating capacities, and Joy Ranch staff would be happy to help you explore these options.

Contact us at 605-886-4622 or

Activities at and Around the Ranch

Lyle Lake provides lots of shoreline to explore by boat. Joy Ranch has canoes or paddle boats you are welcome to use. And Joy Ranch staff will be happy to facilitate pontoon rides too. 

  • Guests can let their minds relax while they visit, fish, and breathe deeply the fresh prairie air.
  • You can hike or snow-shoe the prairie hills.
  • You are welcome to introduce yourself to one of Joy Ranch’s horses. Buggy, pony, and trail ride experiences can also be arranged.
  • There are many unique indoor and outdoor gathering spaces for conversation or games.
  • There is fishing available—don’t worry, we’ll make sure you get supper even if you don’t catch it.
  • Have a family yard game tournament—bocci ball, horse shoes, Norwegian golf.
  • You are just moments from other great Watertown attractions like the Redlin Art Center, Bramble Park Zoo, golf courses, a water park, and Lake Kampeska.

Information and Reservations

For more information and reservations, please contact the Joy Ranch Office at...


Joy Ranch
16633 448th Ave
Florence SD 57235

Directions to Joy Ranch

Hourly and day rates are available. Please call or fill out the Joy Ranch Inquiry Form for more information.