Communities

Experience our charm

While following the River, you can stay in one of our bigger cities, such as Pierre, Chamberlain or Yankton or enjoy the charm of our many small towns. Many of these places have proud historical significance to the area and the locals are more than generous in sharing their stories and time with you.

Akaska

Small town with friendly people located on Lewis and Clark Trail.  Close to Oahe - Great fishing and hunting - trail riding, fishing derby, and chicken BBQ first weekend in June.  Bait shop, restaurants, campsite, motel as well as trailer's and cabins to rent.

Chamberlain/Oacama

The Lewis and Clark Information Center in Chamberlain is built on the site of the Corps of Discovery camp. Here you can climb aboard a replica of the 55-foot Keelboat used by the expedition. Chamberlain is also home to the Akta Lakota Museum and St. Joseph's Indian School. This larger town sits on both sides of the Missouri River.

Eagle Butte

Experience the rich history and culture of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. Take in a powwow, art shows, rodeos and more!

Fort Pierre

Fort Pierre is in the heart of SD.  Enjoy fishing and hunting on the Missouri River and Lake Sharpe.  There's camping, dining, lodging, an 18 hole gold course, and the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center.

Geddes

Geddes Historic District is located eight miles from the Missouri River, a charming community with museum, restored original 1895 log cabin, original 1895 rural school house, Peter Norbeck's boyhood home and a 1900 claims shanty. The Annual Fur Trader Days are during the 2nd weekend in August.

Gettysburg

What excites you? Reeling in a world class walleye? Cruising the lake on a jet ski? Or just enjoying some time away from it all?  Then Gettysburg is the place for you! Rich Civil War history, terrific golf courses, giant water slide, all on scenic US 212. Find fun in Gettysburg!

Highmore

Whether your interest in Highmore is business, family relocation, tourism, the outdoors, or civic involvement, we want you to get better acquainted with what we have to offer.  We want you to be a part of our Future.  We invite you to take a moment to acquaint yourself with our community.

Hoven

The little town with the big ideas!  Conveniently located on SD Hwy. 20/47, 13 miles north of US Hwy. 212 or 14 miles south of US Hwy 12 or 14 miles east of US Hwy. 83.  Home to the "Cathedral of the Prairies," on the National Registry of Historical Places, a twin-towered edifice unlike any other, with guided tours available on request.

Lake Andes

Lake Andes is so conveniently located just 6 miles from the Fort Randall Dam on the Missouri River.  The area is known for being a recreational haven for the outdoorsmen.  We offer a gateway to fishing, hunting, and water sports.  Our little town is right here and can provide you with lodging, gas and food.  Don't miss our annual Fish Days Celebrating the 1st weekend of June.

Lower Brule

Lower Brule invites you to immerse yourself in the vast sweeping prairies of the Great Plains and the land of the buffalo. Home of the Kul Wacasa Oyate (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe), a band of the Lakota Nation.

Lemmon

Lemmon is known for world famous hunting of deer, antelope, pheasants, grouse, prairie dogs, coyotes and more! Lemmon is located on the Yellow-Stone Trail and home of the World's Largest Petrified Wood Forest Park. Shadehill Lake and Reservoir with 110 of shoreline 5000 acres of water offer endless water recreation opportunities.

Miller

Located at the crossroads of Hwy 45 and Hwy 14, this central South Dakota town boasts some of the finest pheasant hunting in the state due to a large amount of public land in the area.  Be sure to stop and enjoy some of the fantastic food and shops that keep travelers coming back year after year.

Mobridge

Lewis and Clark passed through Mobridge on their way to North Dakota on October 8, 1804. Here you will also find a replica of an actual Arikara lodge and monuments for Sitting Bull and Sacagawea.

Onida

A friendly community of 650 residents located on Highway 83 and twenty-five miles from the Missouri River.  The community offers year-round recreational opportunities plus an airport with a 3,100-foot runway and five churches.  Sutton bay and Oahe Trails Golf clubs are located in Sully County on the shores of the Missouri River.  The Sully County Fair is held the second weekend in August and 'Twas the night before Christmas celebration is the first Friday every December.

Pickstown

Pickstown is located south of Highway junction 18/281.  Famous for walleye and smallmouth fishing, hunting, boating, and water sports.  Local attractions include Randall Hills Golf Course, Old Fort Randall and Chapel, Fort Randall Dam, National Eagle Refuge, Fort Randall Casino, Randall Creek, and North Point Campgrounds.

Pierre

The Capital of South Dakota also sits on Lake Oahe and is home of the The Cultural Heritage. Here you'll find a replica of the Jefferson Peace and Friendship Medal that Lewis and Clark presented to tribes they met along the way.

Platte

Located 24 miles south of I-90, Exit 289, just 14 mile east of the Missouri River, where walleye fishing is at its best.  Platte offers some of the nations best ringneck pheasant hunting.

Pollock

Population: 240 friendly people.  Moved mid-1950's, Pollock is located on Scenic Highway 1804 and 10, and known for widest main streets in South Dakota; excellent hunting, fishing, and water recreation; great food; beautiful sunrises and sunsets; varied camping sites, and Visitor Center rich in heritage.

Presho

Located on I-90 in the heart of outstanding pheasant hunting.  Activities include a golf course, free historical museum, city park, swimming pool, and two lakes.  Services include a grocery store, two motels, restaurant, lounge, campground, gas stations, and convenience store.  High-speed internet service also available.

Sully

Organized in 1883, is located in central South Dakota, thirty miles north from South Dakota's State Capital, Pierre. The county is named after General Alfred Sully, who built Fort Sully near the Missouri River.  Sully County has two communities, Agar and Onida. Onida is the County Seat and this is where the courthouse is located.

Timber Lake

This West River town of 350 people services up history, heritage and down-home hospitality. The area is home to the Cheyenne River and  Standing Rock Sioux as well as generations of farmers, ranchers, and cowboys. 

Wagner

Located at the junction of Hwys 46 and 50, just 10 miles west of Fort Randall Recreation Area and Fort Randall Casino.  Throughout the year Wagner is the "Welcome To" host of great fishing, hunting, water sports, rodeos. Native American Powwows and Expos.  Friday night races at Wagner Speedway along with the area's largest Labor Day Celebration.

Yankton

The Lewis & Clark expedition journeyed through this area, and on August 27, 1804, stopped to meet with the Yankton Sioux.  The two groups met for several days, making speeches and exchanging gifts in the interest of negotiating peace.