South Dakota Recreation Areas

Looking for awesome outdoor recreation areas in South Dakota? View South Dakota parks and recreation areas below, listed in alphabetical order. Each listing has images, full description, map, directions, activities, phone number, and links to campgrounds and hiking trails within the recreation area.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Directions Badlands National Park is located 75 miles east of Rapid City, South Dakota. Physical Addresses for GPS* Park Headquarters: 25216 Ben Reifel Road, Interior, SD 57750. Northeast Entrance (I-90, Exit 131): 21020 SD Hwy 240, Interior, SD 57750. Pinnacles Entrance (I-90, Exit 110): 24240 Hwy 240, Wall, SD 57790. Interior Entrance: 20640 SD Hwy 377, Interior, SD 57750. Phone (605) 433-5361 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, CAMPING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, HORSE CAMPING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Dakota Recreation Areas Badlands National Park Official Website Badlands National Park Map The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world™s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such

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Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Activities BIKING, BOATING, CAMPING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE, PICNICKING, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, FIRE LOOKOUTS/CABINS OVERNIGHT, SWIMMING, HORSE CAMPING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds IRON CREEK HORSE CAMP SUMMIT RIDGE LOOKOUT CABIN Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails South Boxelder Trailhead Dougherty Trailhead Blacktail Trailhead Iron Creek West Trailhead (Trail #15) Horsethief Lake Trailhead (Trail #14) Antelope Springs Trailhead Dalton Lake Trailhead Willow Creek Trailhead Palmer Creek Trailhead (Lost Cabin #2) Red Lake Trailhead Coon Hollow Trailhead Grizzly Bear Creek Trailhead (Trail #7) Piedmont Trailhead Hawkwright Trailhead Samelius Trailhead Schroeder Trailhead Ogden Creek Trailhead Silver City Trailhead Shanks Trailhead Little Spearfish Trailhead (Trail #80) Riley Hill Trailhead Veterans Point Picnic Area Ditch Creek Trailhead Dakota Point Trailhead Calumet Trailhead Coal Ridge

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Cold Brook Lake, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Directions About 1 mile north of Hot Springs. Phone (605) 745-5476 Activities BOATING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Dakota Recreation Areas Cold Brook Lake Website Cold Brook Dam, SD was constructed to reduce flood damages in the Fall River Basin. Located less than 1 mile from the town of Hot Springs, SD, Cold Brook Lake offers an excellent variety of recreational activities year-round including canoeing, fishing, swimming, wildlife viewing, and camping. Winter activities include ice fishing, skating, and cross-country skiing.

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Cottonwood Springs Lake, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Directions 5 miles west of Hot Springs just off Highway 18. Phone (605) 745-5476 Activities BOATING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Dakota Recreation Areas Cottonwood Springs Lake Website Cottonwood Springs Dam, SD was constructed to reduce flood damages in the Fall River Basin. Located just 5 miles west of Hot Springs on U.S. Highway 18 and nestled in the rugged hills and evergreen trees of the southern Black Hills, Cottonwood Springs Lake is the place to go for nature lovers. This recreation area offers primitive camping only (no hookups), hiking, fishing (only electric motors), and picnicking.

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Huron Wetland Management District, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Directions The Huron WMD office is headquartered in Huron, South Dakota, which is located in the east-central portion of South Dakota. From I-90, follow Highway 37 north to Huron (approx. 50 miles). Highway 37 changes into Dakota Avenue once you are in the Huron city limits. Follow Dakota Avenue to Fourth Street SW and turn west. The District office is located in the Federal Building on the south side of the street. Please contact the District staff for directions to individual WPAs. Phone 605-352-5894 Activities INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, PHOTOGRAPHY Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Dakota Recreation Areas Huron Wetland Management District The public lands of Huron Wetland Management District (WMD), called waterfowl

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Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Directions By car: Jewel Cave National Monument is located 13 miles west of Custer, South Dakota and 24 miles east of Newcastle, Wyoming on U.S. Highway 16. The Monument is about 54 miles from Rapid City, South Dakota via U.S. Highway 16 / 385. By plane: The nearest major airport, Rapid City Regional Airport, is 63 miles away. Phone (605) 673-8300 Activities HIKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Dakota Recreation Areas Jewel Cave National Monument Official Website Jewel Cave National Monument Map Immerse yourself within the third longest cave in the world. With over 208 miles of mapped and surveyed passages, this underground wilderness appeals to human curiosity. Its splendor is revealed through fragile formations and

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Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Directions The Lake Andes NWR Complex headquarters is located on the east shore of Lake Andes. From Ravinia, South Dakota, travel 2 miles north on the county gravel road and 1.5 east to reach the Refuge headquarters. From the community of Lake Andes, travel north .5 mile then east 3.5 miles on a hard-surfaced county road, crossing the Lake from west to east before reaching the office and visitor center nestled under the cottonwoods. Phone 605-487-7603 Activities INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, HIKING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, PHOTOGRAPHY Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Dakota Recreation Areas Lake Andes national Wildlife Refuge The Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex is comprised of Lake Andes NWR, Karl E. Mundt NWR, and

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Lake Francis Case, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Directions Near Pickstown on US 18 and US 281. Phone (605) 487-7847 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, VISITOR CENTER, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Dakota Recreation Areas Lake Francis Case Map Lake Francis Case Photo Album Lake Francis Case Website Fort Randall Dam, SD, located near Lake Andes in southeastern South Dakota along the Missouri River, is home to one of America’s largest wintering concentrations of bald and golden eagles. The 19 recreation areas located around Lake Francis Case reservoir range from highly developed campgrounds and day use areas to primitive areas. Recreation opportunities at the lake include camping, picnicking, fishing, hunting, boating,

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Lake Oahe, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Directions From Pierre, 8 miles north on SD 1804. Phone (605) 224-5862 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds HAZELTON RECREATION AREA BEAVER CREEK RECREATION AREA Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Dakota Recreation Areas South Dakota’s Missouri River Tourism Lake Oahe Map Lake Oahe Website Oahe Dam, SD takes its name from the Oahe Indian Mission established among the Lakota Sioux Indians in 1874. Lake Oahe extends from Pierre, SD to Bismarck, ND. The lake is 231 miles long, and has 2,250 miles of shoreline. The 51 recreation areas located around

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Lake Sharpe, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Directions From Sioux Falls, west on I-90 to Reliance, then north on SD 47. Phone (605) 245-2255 Activities BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds LEFT TAILRACE Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Dakota Recreation Areas Lake Sharpe Photo Album Lake Sharpe Website Big Bend Dam, SD takes its name from the unique bend in the Missouri River 7 miles upstream from the dam. At this point in its course, the Missouri makes almost a complete loop, traveling 25 miles before returning to the “neck” where the land is not quite a mile wide. The 19 Lake Sharpe recreation areas vary from primitive to highly developed and

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Lewis and Clark Lake, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Directions From Yankton, west on SD 52 or north on northeast 121. Phone (402) 667-2546 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, PICNICKING, VISITOR CENTER, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds COTTONWOOD (NE) NEBRASKA TAILWATERS Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Dakota Recreation Areas Lewis and Clark Lake Photo Album Jefferson National Parks Association Lewis and Clark Lake Map Lewis and Clark Lake Website Straddling the Nebraska/South Dakota border, Gavins Point Dam, SD is the smallest of the six Missouri River main stem dams and the southernmost dam on the river. Lewis and Clark Lake, named for the first documented

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Madison Wetland Management District, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Directions The District headquarters is located 2 miles east of the town of Madison, South Dakota, and 3/4 miles south of the junction of Highway 34 and Highway 19. Phone 605-256-2974 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, PHOTOGRAPHY Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Dakota Recreation Areas Madison Wetland Management District The Madison Wetland Management District (WMD) was established to preserve wetlands and manage habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. Headquartered in Madison, South Dakota, the District staff manages 38,500 acres of upland and wetland areas, called waterfowl production areas (WPA). The wetlands found on WPAs also help prevent flooding in rainy years by storing the water while it slowly percolates into the

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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Directions Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is located at three sites along a fifteen mile stretch of Interstate 90 in western South Dakota. The Visitor Center is located immediately north of I-90, exit 131. The two historic sites which make up the park are four miles (Launch Control Facility Delta-01) and 15 miles (Launch Facility Delta-09) from the Visitor Center. No public transportation systems serve the park. Phone (605) 433-5552 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Dakota Recreation Areas Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Official Website Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Map During the Cold War, a vast arsenal of nuclear missiles were placed in the Great Plains. Hidden in plain sight, for thirty years 1,000 missiles were kept

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Missouri National Recreational River, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Directions The National Park Service headquarters is located at 508 East Second Street in Yankton, South Dakota. Phone (605) 665-0209 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING, SWIMMING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Dakota Recreation Areas Missouri National Recreational River Official Website Missouri National Recreational River Map Imagine a 100-mile stretch of North America’s longest river, a vestige of the untamed American West. The Missouri National Recreational River is where imagination meets reality. Two free flowing stretches of the Missouri make up the National Park. Relive the past by making an exploration of the wild, untamed and mighty river that continues to flow as nature intended.

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Directions Visitors traveling by car from the East use Exit 61 off I-90 follow signs. Coming from the West use exit 57 exit at Rapid City and follow U.S. Highway 16 southwest to Keystone and then Highway 244 to Mount Rushmore. Visitors coming from the south should follow Highway 385 north to Highway 244, which is the road leading to the memorial. Phone (605) 574-2523 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Dakota Recreation Areas Mount Rushmore National Memorial Official Website Mount Rushmore National Memorial Map Majestic figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, surrounded by the beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota, tell the story of the birth, growth, development and preservation of

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Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Directions Sand Lake NWR is located in the northeast corner of South Dakota, 27 miles northeast of Aberdeen, South Dakota. To get to Sand Lake from Aberdeen, take State Highway 12 east 6 miles to Brown County Highway 16 at Bath Corner. Turn north onto Brown County 16 and follow brown directional signs. The Refuge Headquarters and visitor center is located on Brown County Highway 16 approximately 9 miles north of Columbia, South Dakota. Phone 605-885-6320 Activities AUTO TOURING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Dakota Recreation Areas Congress established Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in 1935 as a refuge and breeding grounds for migratory

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Sand Lake WMD, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Phone 605-885-6320 Activities BOATING, FISHING, HUNTING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Dakota Recreation Areas The 9,000 square mile Sand Lake Wetland Management District (WMD), located in north-central South Dakota, encompasses a rich diversity of wildlife habitat. The eight county district (Brown, Campbell, Edmunds, Faulk, McPherson, Potter, Spink, and Walworth Counties)is located within three distinct physiographic regions, the Missouri Coteau, the James River Basin, and the Lake Dakota Plain.The western portion of the WMD is in the Missouri Coteau and is composed of intermediate and short grass prairie. It is partly of glacial origin and partly a result of stream erosion by the tributaries of the Missouri River. It is comprised of a 40-50 miles band of rolling glacial

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Waubay National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Directions Waubay NWR is located just west of Enemy Swim Lake or 1 mile east, 7 miles north and 1 э miles west of the town of Waubay in the northeast corner of South Dakota. From I-29 take SD 12 west toward Aberdeen for 13 miles (one mile east of Waubay). Take Day Co. 1 (not well marked – watch for a brown highway information sign on HWY 12) north 7 miles and continue west on the gravel road into the Refuge – look for brown Refuge signs. The road leads 1 э to the visitor center. Phone 605-947-4521 Activities AUTO TOURING, BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related

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Waubay Wetland Management District, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Directions WPAs are found at various locations throughout the six counties that make up Waubay WMD: Clark, Codington, Day, Grant, Marshall, and Roberts. They are posted with green and white signs. Sportsmen’s Atlases, which show the location of each WPA and other Federal and State public lands in great detail, can be purchased from the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. Phone 605-947-4521 Activities FISHING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Dakota Recreation Areas Waubay Wetland Management District (WMD) is located in the “Coteau des Prairie,” or prairie hills region of South Dakota. It includes more than 300 waterfowl production areas (WPA) in six counties of northeastern South Dakota. The WPAs range from 40

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Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota Camping & Hiking

Directions Wind Cave National Park is located in South Dakota about 11 miles north of Hot Springs, or about 22 miles south of Custer, on US Highway 385. The park Visitor Center, where all cave tours begin, is approximately 1/2 mile west of the highway. Phone (605) 745-4600 Activities AUTO TOURING, CAMPING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Dakota Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Dakota Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Dakota Recreation Areas Wind Cave National Park Official Website Wind Cave National Park Map Bison, elk, and other wildlife roam the rolling prairie grasslands and forested hillsides of one of America’s oldest national parks. Below the remnant island of intact prairie sits Wind Cave, one of the longest and most complex caves in the world.

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