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Fishing, Boating, & Swimming at SD Lakes
On your summer travels through South Dakota, you’ll have seemingly endless amounts of fun to choose from. While many visitors enjoy the majesty and aura of many historic sights in South Dakota, it’s the outdoor exploration that really drives home the point. If it’s fishing you seek, make your way to Sturgis and cast out at Bear Butte State Park.
Make the drive in from nearby Deadwood, or the slightly further northwest city of Spearfish. Spearfish features fishing in Spearfish Canyon, and the historic D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery – yielding up to 30,000 rainbow trout each year.
In Pierre, a more centrally located city, head to Oahe Downstream Recreation Area, perfect for finding secluded swimming holes, tooling around on your boat, or casting out for that big record setting walleye or northern pike. Drive north from Murdo and check it out.
In the eastern region of South Dakota, visit Watertown. Set northeast of Huron, Watertown is home to Pelican Lake Recreation Area. Another exemplary choice among South Dakota lakes, Pelican Lake grants tremendous fishing opportunities, along with boating and swimming.
Cast your line and reel in perch, or a walleye. And south of Waterntown is Yankton, home of the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area.