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Dakotas Travel & Recreation Directory is published annually and distributed through chambers of commerce, tourist information centers, select hotels, restaurants, advertisers, mail requests and web site requests. For advertising rates, contact: Dakotas Travel & Recreation Directory P.O. Box 6707, Boise, ID 83707 (800) 525-1166 or (208) 377-0226 fax (208) 321-0141 We have made every attempt to ensure the information contained herein is accurate. However, the information may have changed since publication of this directory. Always verify information prior to travel. Maps are provided for general reference only; please consult an official North or South Dakota Highway Map or other detailed map for accurate distances and geographic features. We are interested in receiving notices of North and South Dakota community events and photographs so we may include them in the next directory. There is no charge for listing events. We encourage reader contributions in the form of letters, articles, photographs, information and suggestions. Editorial opinions, articles, stories, illustrations and advertisements are not necessarily the opinions of the publishers or the staff. Liability for errors or omission that compromise the overall impact of an advertisement is limited to a correct insertion in the next publication at no charge. Copyright Š 2012 / 2013 by Rite-Way Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.

Administrative Director

Mary Wheeler

Graphic Design / Layout

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North Dakota Welcome North Dakota Scenic Drives ND Golf Courses ND Region 1 North Dakota State Parks ND Region 2 ND Region 3 Jack McCall - Cowardly Killer ND Region 4 RV Parks & Campgrounds South Dakota Welcome Traveling Safety Tips Native American Scenic Byway SD Golf Courses SD Region 1 SD Region 2 South Dakota Scenic Drives SD Region 3 SD Region 4 Historic Parks of South Dakota

Badlands National Park (photo courtesy South Dakota Dept. of Tourism)


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Contents Ashley Belcourt Beulah Bismarck Bottineau Bowman Cando Carrington Center Devils Lake Dickinson Drayton Dunseith Ellendale Fargo Fort Yates Grafton Grand Forks Grassy Butte Hankinson Hazen Hettinger International Peace Garden Jamestown

South Dakota Aberdeen Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve Alexandria Arlington Armour Aurora Center Badlands National Park Belle Fourche Beresford Big Stone City Bison Black Hawk Black Hills National Forest Brandon Bridgewater Britton Brookings Bruce Buffalo Burke Canistota Canton Carthage Chamberlain Clark Columbia Crazy Horse Memorial Custer Custer State Park De Smet Deadwood Dell Rapids

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Kenmare Lake Metigoshe State Park Langdon Linton Mandan Medora Minnewaukan Minot Mohall Moorhead, MN Mountain New Town Pembina Reeder Regent Rugby Standing Rock Valley City Wahpeton Walhalla Warwick Watford City Williston Wolford

Eagle Butte Elk Point Elkton Eureka Faith Farm Island Recreation Area Faulkton Forestburg Fort Pierre Fort Thompson Freeman Garretson Gettysburg Hill City Highmore Hot Springs Hoven Huron Interior Kadoka Keystone Kimball Kyle Lake Andes / Ravinia Lake City Lead Lemmon Lewis & Clark Lake Lower Brule Madison Milbank Miller Mitchell Mobridge Mount Rushmore

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Murdo Newell North Sioux City Oacoma Parker Parkston Pickstown & Fort Randall Pierre Pine Ridge Platte Presho Rapid City Redfield Salem Selby Sioux Falls Sisseton South Dakota Great Lakes Area Spearfish Spirit Mound Sturgis Veblen Vermillion Volga Wagner Wall Watertown Waubay Webster Wessington Springs White Lake Winner Woonsocket Wounded Knee Yankton


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Welcome to North Dakota State Facts Nickname: Peacegarden State State Motto: “Liberty And Union Now And Forever One And Inseparable” Area: 68,976 sq. miles Population: 646,844 Capital: Bismarck State Tree: American Elm State Flower: Wild Prairie Rose State Bird: Western Meadowlark State Fish: Northern Pike State Drink: Milk Time Zones: North Dakota observes both Central and Mountain times. Highways: I-94 runs east-west across the state, I-29 runs north-south. Both offer easy access. North Dakota State Flag (courtesy Wikipedia)

North Dakota Quarter Back (courtesy Wikipedia)

Theodore Roosevelt National Park (photo courtesy North Dakota Tourism, Jason Lindsey)


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Wild Prairie Rose (photo courtesy Alex W. Covington)

Find Your Adventure in North Dakota!

North Dakota’s

Scenic Drives

Lewis & Clark Scenic Drives See the scenic and historic heritage that is uniquely North Dakota. Highways 1804 and 1806 mark the historic Lewis and Clark Trail. To retrace the explorers’ path, follow either Highway 1804 or 1806 from the South Dakota-North Dakota border, north along the scenic Missouri River. Along this route, you can view On-A-Slant Indian Villages, Fort Mandan, Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site and Fort Union National Historic Site, plus many other stops have rich culture and heritage. While on the road, watch for the natural wonder and incredible beauty that is North Dakota. Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway This is the first North Dakota scenic drive to be designated as a national byway. It extends 63 paved miles from north of Valley City south to Lisbon on State Highway 21. The drive follows a wooded river valley, passes gorgeous sunflower fields and shows off scenic farmsteads. One of the highlights of the drive is Fort Ransom State Park, located near the historic town of Fort Ransom. North Dakota has many other designated scenic byways, all wonderful for an afternoon drive: Killdeer Mountain Four Bears Scenic Byway beginning north of Manning on Highway 22 through Killdeer to Highway 23, then east to New Town. This 64 mile section traverses spectacular Badlands near Little Missouri State Park and passes near a historic battlefield. The Rendezvous Region Backway following Highways 32 and 55 is 12 miles of paved and gravel road starting one mile east of Walhalla ending at Vang. The drive shows off the Pembina River Gorge. The Turtle Mountain Byway extends 53 miles near Rolla and Bottineau in the Turtle Mountains. It begins at the intersection of Highway 30 along Rolette Co. 4006 and Highway 43 to the intersection of Highway 14. The byway is located near the U.S.-Canadian border, passing near the International Peace Garden and beautiful Lake Metigoshe State Park. Standing Rock Historical Scenic Byway has recently joined other Indian reservations to become an extension of the National Native American Scenic Byway. This 35-mile scenic drive on Standing Rock Reservation runs from the South Dakota state line north along Highways 24 and 1806 to the Cannon Ball River. The Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge Backway is south of Kenmare. It extends from Highway 52 by Lower Des Lacs River six miles south of Kenmare to Ward Co. Road 1. This 19-mile backway is a wildlife watcher’s dream and follows the gently rolling hills of upland prairie. The Chan SanSan Scenic Byway (James River Valley) covers 32 miles along the scenic river valley. Head south from Highway 46 through Adrian, Dickey, Grand Rapids and Lamoure to the intersection with County Line Road. Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit is a trip through the scenic Badlands and the rustic beauty that defines North Dakota. Just off U.S. Highway 85 near Watford City, follow the 13.7 mile loop through the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. For more information, visit The Enchanted Highway is populated with amazingly large metal sculptures of a family, grasshoppers, pheasants and more. The “folk art” figures are spaced along a stretch of highway from Interstate 94 south to Regent, which also is home to the Enchanted Highway gift shop featuring miniatures of each statue. Watch for the sculpture of giant geese flying over a setting sun on Interstate 94 at the Gladstone exit, which is Exit 74. To learn more, visit Scenic Drive information courtesy North Dakota Tourism, •



Footsteps of legendary folklore have traveled across the great land of North Dakota such as Lewis and Clark, Sakakawea, George Custer, Sitting Bull and Theodore Roosevelt. They lived larger-than-life expeditions, and whether you are an explorer or a fun seeker, you will discover, as they did, that North Dakota is filled with history and unseen adventures waiting to be discovered. History abounds as you visit places like the Pioneer Trails Regional Museum in Bowman, or the Dakota Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson. As paleontologists did, take part in a dinosaur dig throughout the Pioneer Trails Regional Museum or North Dakota Geological Survey. What does adventure mean to you? Is it taking a relaxing walk along the Red River in Fargo’s Trollwood Park or taking a hike in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park? What about riding on a musical carousel in Wahpeton or working on a real ranch. Take a relaxing bike ride on park trails or go to the extreme and bike on a 96 - mile Maah Daah Hey Trail. Whatever adventure you are looking for, North Dakota has the accommodations for you. Go west young man and seek the widely acclaimed Medora Musical, a patriotic stage show filled with wonderful music, dancing and lots of laughter. In the east, Fargo Theatre takes you back to the golden age of Hollywood, in realistic Art Deco splendor. Grand Forks is the place to go for dining, music, art and shopping. The scene is set with a restored historic and revitalized downtown and riverfront. Are you in the mood for some culture? Visit Fort Union Indian Art Showcase near Williston or the Plains Art Museum in Fargo.

North Dakota Golf Association (701) 223-4422


An Arnold Palmer Signature Course


This World-Class Golf Course features a natural prairie setting that creates the feel of the courses of Scotland and Ireland.

(701) 787-KING 5301 S. Columbia Rd. Grand Forks, ND 58208

Located 2 Miles East And 1.5 Miles South of Center, ND Nine Hole, Grass Greens Open Daily From 8 a.m. to Sunset Clubhouse With Cafe & Lounge

(701) 794-3623

Green Fees ~ $13 for 9 Holes • $18 for 18 Holes • $25 All Day • Cart Rental Available

2230 36th Ave. S.W. Center, ND


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Apple Creek Country Club Apple Grove Golf Course Ashley Country Club Berthold Golf Club Bjornson Park Public Golf Course Black Sands Golf Course Bois de Sioux Public Golf Club Bottineau Country Club Bully Pulpit Golf Course Cando Golf Club Carrington Crossroads Golf Center Cavalier Country Club Center Square Butte Creek Golf Course Cooperstown Country Club Cottonwood Golf Club Crosby Country Club Crossroads Golf Course Dakota Winds Golf Course Devils Lake Town & Country Club Eagle Ridge Golf Club Edgeley Splickan Country Club Edgewater Country Club Edgewood Golf Course Ellendale Country Club Enderlin Municipal Golf Course Fair Oakes Golf Club Fargo Country Club Fessenden Country Club Forman Golf Course Gackle Country Club Garrison Golf Course Goose River Golf Club Grand Forks Country Club Harvey Country Club Hawktree Golf Club Hazen Golf Club Heart River Golf Course Hettinger Country Club Hillcrest Country Club Hillcrest Golf Course Hope Golf Club Jack Hoeven Wee Links Jamestown Country Club Kenmare Country Club King’s Walk Golf Course Kulm Country Club Lakeview Golf Club Lakota Golf Course LaMoure Memorial Golf Course Langdon Country Club Larimore Golf Club

Leonard Country Club Linton Country Club Lisbon Bissell Golf Club Lloyd E. Rigler Golf Course Louse Creek Country Club Mandan Municipal Golf Course Maple River Golf Club, Inc. Mayville Golf Club McVille Country Club Medicine Hole Golf Course Memorial Park Country Club Minot Country Club Mohall Country Club Mott Country Club Napolean Country Club New Rockford Golf Club New Salem Golf Club Northwood Municipal Golf Course Oakes Golf Club Osgood Golf Course Oxbow Golf & Country Club Painted Woods Golf Course Parshall Golf Club Pebble Creek Golf Course Pheasant Country Golf Course Plainsview Golf Club Prairie West Golf Course Prairiewood Golf Course Ray Golf Course Ray Richards Golf Course Rivers Edge Golf Course Riverwood Golf Course Rock Creek Golf Club Rolla Municipal Golf Club Rose Creek Golf Course Roughrider Golf Course Rugby Golf Club Souris Valley Golf Course Star City Golf Course Sweetwater Creek Golf Club The Cavalier Country Club The Links of North Dakota Tioga Golf & Country Club Tom O’Leary Golf Course Valley City Town & Country Club Walhalla Country Club Watford City Golf Club Westhope Country Club Westridge Golf Course Wildwood Country Club Williston Municipal Golf Course

Carrington CrossRoads Golf Course

393 Hwy. 281 N. • Carrington, ND 58421

(701) 652-2601 •

Hillcrest Municipal Golf Course Jamestown Parks and Recreation


• 18-Hole Champion Golf Course • Driving Range • Large Putting Green • Wetlands with Waterfowl, Bridges & Ponds • 3-Hole Junior Course • Scenic 5 Mile Recreational Trail

18-Hole Grass Course • Golf Lessons • Clubhouse (Seasonal) • Pro Shop • Practice Putting Green • Driving Range • Golf Cart & Club Rentals


612 27th Ave. S.E. Jamestown, ND 58401

Reversible Course Changes Weekly • 701-696-8268

9 Hole - Par 36 Course • Electric Carts • Full Bar Located Just 10 Miles North of Grand Forks

• 9 Holes • Putting Green • Call Now for Tee Times 4525 Hwy. 41 N. Velva, ND 58790 701.338.2363

It’s time to hit the links at the new Star City Golf Course! •


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Attractions NORTH DAKOTA

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site (photo courtesy J. Stephen Conn)


Because of the lignite coal in the area, Beulah is known as the “Energy Capital of the Midwest.” The energy isn’t only from the coal; you’ll need your own energy to enjoy the demolition derby or motocross racing. Beulah also has a golf course, miniature golfing and a public swimming pool. Beulah hosts a Riverfest, Octoberfest and Dakota Walleye Classic. The classic’s first prize is $8,000.00! The Mercer County Fair can’t be missed with its exhibits, parade, games, food and fun. There are also two museums. One is a wildlife museum with wildlife from throughout the world. The other is a county historical museum. Beulah’s coal mines are a great attraction too. With all this fun you won’t want to miss this town, for more information please contact the Beulah CVB at (800) 441-2649.



“It’s all right here” • Endless Recreation Opportunities • Black Sands Golf Course • Energy & Coal Mine Tours • Pfenning Wildlife Museum • Mercer County Historical Museum • Great Accommodations • Diverse Dining • Excellent Retail District • Abundant Camping & RV Parking • Minutes from South Shore Lake Sakakawea

108 7th St. NE • P.O. Box 1134 Beulah, ND 58523

(701) 873-5070 •

BEULAH, NORTH DAKOTA 2100 2nd Ave. N. W. 701-873-2220 800-634-3444

• Free, Hot Home-Style Breakfast • Free WiFi • Indoor Pool

Beulah Convention & Visitors Bureau PO Box 730 • Beulah, ND 58523

(701) 873-4585 • (800) 441-2649 • •


Four Seasons Resort Inc.

Cheeses, Caramels, Syrups, Gift Boxes, Merchandise

on Lake Metigoshe

Store • Liquor • Boat Rental Live Bait • Gas 10700 Lake Loop Rd. E. Bottineau, ND (701) 263-4373

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517 Thompson St. (701) 228-2216

Stop in or order online!

Club Golf Course 10002 Lake Road P.O. Box 176 Bottineau, ND 58318


Greater Bottineau Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors’ Bureau 519 Main Street • (701) 228-3849 • (800) 735-6932 North Dakota’s Four Seasons Playground! Bottineau

Welcome to North Dakota’s only four seasons recreational area. Bottineau, a progressive city nestled at the foot of the Turtle Mountains, is the southwestern gateway to the fabulous Turtle Mountains. It was founded in the early 1880’s and named after Pierre Bottineau, a frontier scout and fur trader. Today, Bottineau is a thriving city known for its friendly people. In the city of Bottineau, you will find plenty of pleasant surprises. A 33 foot statue of Tommy Turtle, the area’s host, riding a 35 foot snowmobile will greet you at the city park and campground. The Four Chaplains Monument on 4th and Sinclair is dedicated to four Chaplains who gave up their life vests to others when the ship Dorchester was torpedoed and sunk during World War II. If you are in town in mid-June, you can attend North Dakota’s oldest county fair, the Bottineau County Fair. Why not spend a few days experiencing the Turtle Mountain area? Comfortable accommodations and shopping are available for your convenience and enjoyment right here in Bottineau. Venturing outside the city, you will see why the Bottineau area is known as the Four Seasons Playground. Two nine hole grass green golf courses are available to test your golfing skills: the Bottineau Country Club, located just three miles northeast of the city on Lake Road; and the Birchwood Golf Course, at Lake Metigoshe. Lake Metigoshe, located twelve miles northeast of Bottineau, and straddling the United States/Canadian border, offers fishing, boating, skiing, hiking, biking, camping, picnicking, sightseeing, golfing, fine dining, lodging and more. If you enjoy camping and picnicking, Lake Metigoshe State Park can satisfy all your needs. Check out Mystical Horizons, a 21st Century Stonehenge monument complete with working sundial and Polaris sighting tube. Take in breathtaking views of the prairie as you can see for miles from the mountaintop park on the West end of the Turtle Mountains just off of Scenic Highway 43 The focal point of the Turtle Mountains is the International Peace Garden. Located just 30 miles northeast of Bottineau, this 2,300 acre botanical wonder is dedicated to peace between the United States and Canada. Come see us this summer. Learn more at our visitors center at 519 Main St. or our kiosk on the corner of 5th and Main. Whether in the city or the county, one visit and you will know that you have discovered a City for all Seasons!

Turtle Mountain Inn 345 11th St. W. Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2296

Pizza, Pasta, Appetizers, Salads, Mexican, Dinners, Sandwiches, Soda, Beer, Delivery Large Groups Welcome, Seating for 100 Call Ahead Please

There is no better Pizza, Just ask Anyone! 307 11th St. E. • Bottineau, ND 58318



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East Side Of Lake Metigoshe

• 44 Rooms • 9 Suites • AC • CATV • Meeting / Hospitality Room • Wireless Internet • Handicap Accessible

10722 Lake Loop Rd. • Bottineau, ND 58318

(701) 263-6500


Center, North Dakota It’s Better in Center!

Cross Ranch State Park Trail Sign (photo courtesy David Becker)

Grassy Butte

Located 33 miles south of Watford City on Highway 85 near the Maah Daah Hey Trail is Grassy Butte, North Dakota. Stop by the community of Grassy Butte to take a look at the Old Sod Post Office Historic Site and Museum. The Old Sod Post Office was built in 1912 when construction materials were scarce. The structure made of logs and sod, housed the Grassy Butte Post Office from 1914 to 1964. Near the historic site is a city park with camping and RV facilities; there are 25 sites w/electrical hookup, playground, picnic tables, vault toilets, horseshoe pit, barbecue grills, and volleyball nets.


Located on the Lewis & Clark Trail along Highway 200, near Lake Sakakawea. Hazen is nestled in the heart of the Sakakawea South Shore Region, just minutes from beautiful Lake Sakakawea, the Knife River Indian Villages and several coal mines and energy plants. It is just over an hour’s drive from the cities of Bismarck, Minot and Dickinson. Located on the Lewis & Clark Trail along Highway 200 just 15 minutes from Highway 1806, which borders the Lake Sakakawea / Missouri River system. This route connects travelers to Sakakawea Scenic Byway on Highway 200 and the Killdeer Byway on Highway 22, two of the most scenic drives in western North Dakota. Hazen is a logical choice for an overnight stay between the Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site and Fort Buford State Historic Site to the west and the Knife River Indian Villages and Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center to the east. Its friendly people and a variety of lodging choices

make it a perfect destination point. RV Park, motel, and bed and breakfast accommodations are available as well as a wide variety of restaurants. Visitors to the area are encouraged to try the authentic German menu items offered at the local restaurants. Full service camping facilities are available in Hazen at the new Lewis and Clark Campground or at the Hazen Bay Recreation Area for those wanting to be near the Lake. Missouri River Lodge, located along the Missouri River and just minutes from the Knife River Indian Villages, offers its guests “an adventure with a view.” This bed and breakfast facility is in a beautiful setting and offers many additional activities to guests that stay there. The Sakakawea South Shore Region includes the Hazen Bay Recreation Area just 15 minutes north of town. Lake Sakakawea is one of the top fisheries in the nation and is fast becoming the destination for anglers in pursuit of Walleye, Northern, Salmon, Small Mouth Bass, Lake Trout – virtually every species of fresh water game fish. Canoeing and sailing offer a chance to see the area from the view that Lewis and Clark did. Guide services are available for birding, historic tours and hunting. The Hazen area also offers golf, tennis, extensive walking and bike paths, swimming pool with water slide, archery range, twin movie theater, indoor ice arena and playgrounds. Hazen serves as an excellent central point for a birding adventure in the land where Lewis and Clark wintered and met Sakakawea. Hazen is located in a major prairie region of the Central Migratory Flyway. Harmony Lake Wildlife Management Area is located six miles north of Hazen. The lake is stocked with bluegill, largemouth bass and fathead minnows. A concrete boat ramp is located near the main vehicle entrance. Boats and other watercraft may use electric motors only. •



It’s Better at Center Center is located 40 miles northwest of Bismarck in Oliver County, • North Dakota. It is the county seat and has a population of 678. Some of the businesses located in Center are a gas station/convenience store, (701) 794-3502 • (701) 794-3650 bank, bars, clinic and cafes. Center also has an RV campground. Center also has an indoor Jr. Olympic size pool that is open year-round, a • Fishing • Camping • Mine Tours grass greens golf course, and is home to the Oliver County Courthouse Hazel Miner Memorial, Nelson Lake, Knife River and the Hazel Miner Memorial. Indian Village, Cross Ranch State Park Other areas of interest in Oliver County are the Knife River Indian Village, Cross Ranch State Park and Nelson Lake. Cross Ranch is located 15 miles NE of Center with many activities during the summer. Nelson Lake, located five miles SE of Center, is the only lake in ND that does not freeze in the winter due to the water being warmed by the nearby power plant. This plays a factor in many big bass being caught here, including a lunker that still holds the state record! Just to the SE of Center is BNI Coal Company and Minnkota Power Plant. Tours of these facilities are available as it is interesting to see the size of equipment that is used in the surface mine, along with where the coal is processed. Contact these businesses to set up some very impressive tours that describe in exciting detail how electricity is made for this region. A couple of annual events that take place in Center are the Old Settler’s Celebration in June (parade, art show, softball tourney, street games, street dances, street vendors) and the Oliver County Fair in August.


Kenmare’s business district is located around a unique old time town square, that today offers travelers a place to picnic with its green grass and shade trees. Kenmare’s thriving business community invites you to browse in a friendly, courteous, hometown atmosphere. The heart of the town square is highlighted by a Danish Mill dating back to 1902, and is open for public viewing during daylight hours year-round. Lake County Historical Village is located right off Highway 52 near the campground. North Dakota Centennial Park is adjacent to Highway 52 and welcomes visitors to Kenmare. Kenmare’s 9-hole, grass-green golf course is nestled among coulees overlooking the Des Lacs Lake and requires no tee times. Golfing, hunting, and swimming are among the many forms of recreation offered in the community. A landmark in the Kenmare area, the beautiful Tasker’s Coulee, with its thick wooded valleys, provides a perfect setting for picnicking fun. Officially designated the Snow Goose Capital of North Dakota, Kenmare hosts the GooseFest each October. (courtesy Minot CVB)

1505 N. Broadway Minot, ND 58702

(701) 852-3161 (800) 735-4493

• Indoor Pool • Jacuzzi • High-Speed Wireless Internet • Primo Restaurant • Business Center • Fitness Center • Casino • Lobby Lounge ~ 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. Minot

Minot continues to grow with many new hotels and more dining and shopping options than ever before! Play softball, baseball, tennis or volleyball. Visit an art gallery or museum. See historic trains and symphonies. There are movie theaters, archery, bowling alleys, arcades, golf, dance halls and even scuba diving. Bike or In-line skate one of our various trails or try one of our indoor or outdoor ice rinks in the winter. Parks include the Roosevelt Park Zoo, Oak Park with splash park and even a Bark Park for dogs. The Eastwood Park National Historic District has walking trails that include the River Walk of Minot with scenic stopping sites along the trail. Minot hosts many entertainment opportunities throughout the year, including The North Dakota State Fair, Arts in the Park, Nodak Speedway and MSU theater. For a full listing of events, to plan your trip and to get up-to-date hotel availability, go to

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Paragon Cafe

City of Mohall Beautiful Town...Beautiful People

• Small Orders Available • Open 7 Days a Week! 29 Years in Business

(701) 756-6464

107 Main St. W. • Mohall, ND 58761 (701) 756 - 6415 Mohall

“Beautiful Town ~ Beautiful People” Established in 1901 by banker M. O. Hall, Mohall, North Dakota has grown to be a thriving agricultural, oil and tele-services community. Located along the North Central part of the North Dakota and Canadian border, Mohall is proud of their motto: “Beautiful Town ~ Beautiful People”. Having four very distinct seasons, there is an activity for everyone. Whether it is bird watching, fishing, photography, golfing, camping, snowmobiling, hunting or just plain hanging out at the pool and park, Mohall has it all! To accommodate our traveling friends, Mohall recently added a 10-unit campground located on the West side as you drive in on Highway 5. It includes a comfort station and a RV dump station. All units are easily accessible for any size of camper. We look forward to your visit and sharing the warmth of our community. Visit us online at

New Town

(At the Heart of Lake Sakakawea) New Town is a friendly community of about 1,500 people located in the “Heart of Lake Sakakawea.” We offer many activities for visitors that are looking to spend a day, weekend, or entire vacation in our great community. Recreational activities include fishing, boating, hunting, and bicycling. Breathtaking views of the scenery surrounding Lake Sakakawea offer magnificent photo opportunities.


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New Town Chamber Of Commerce P.O. Box 422 New Town, ND 58763

(701) 627-3550


Badlands South of Watford City (photo courtesy Jimmy Emerson)


Watford City is located in the heart of western North Dakota’s premier vacation attractions. 15 miles south is the beautiful Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Unit which hosts a 14 mile scenic byway drive. Wildlife, including over 200 head of buffalo, is easily visible. The north trail-head of the world-renowned Maah-Daah-Hey Trail is located just across the Little Missouri River to the south of the park. The Long X Trading Post Visitor Center and the Pioneer Museum feature regional travel information and North Dakota’s largest fossil. The petrified bald cypress tree stump, weighing approximately 17,000 lbs. and measures approximately 6 feet in diameter and 8 feet tall, was discovered in the Badlands south of Watford City during a paleontology dig in 2001. The Pioneer Museum packs a whole lot of history into a small area. From the rope from the last lynching in North Dakota to a replica pioneer home, the Pioneer Museum accurately depicts a large part of Watford City and McKenzie County’s history. The upper level of the facility features exhibits that tell the story and preserves the legacy of the pioneer women. The lower level features exhibits that explain the effect of our natural resources on the development of society in western North Dakota. The water park is a cool spot for many on hot summer days. Not far from the pool, rising above the baseball field, are the newly opened

children’s playground and a skate park. The downtown area will provide you many unique shopping opportunities. An indoor pool, tennis courts, a variety of campgrounds and motels, museums, hiking and shopping as well as a sporty, nine-hole municipal golf course with clubhouse and lounge, make for an innovative experience in western North Dakota. McKenzie County communities will give you the down-home hospitality that assures you memorable and enjoyable travel opportunities. For more information contact the McKenzie County Tourism Bureau at (800) 701-2804 or visit us on the web at

McKenzie Inn

132 3rd St. S.W. • Hwy. 85 W. • Watford City, ND 58854 1-800-842-3989 • 1-701-444-3980 • AAA Rated • Non-Smoking Rooms Microwave & Refrigerator in all Rooms WiFi • 25" Flat Screen TV with Cable Free Local Calls •


(photo courtesy Williston CVB)


Experience the History, Live the Adventure! Whether it’s modern RV parks or backpacking under the stars, camping enthusiasts can have what they want in Williston. Just up 1804, along Lake Sakakawea is Lewis and Clark State Park. Entering the park you drive by the full service marina complete with rental slips and a small convenience store. Lake Sakakawea is known for great walleye and northern pike fishing with boat rentals available and friendly advice on where they’re biting. Once inside the park you’ll discover numerous full service RV pads, rental cabins for family camping and primitive tenting areas. Modern bathroom and shower facilities are available, and fees are very affordable. Bring your hiking boots and enjoy charted and un-charted trails along the lake. This area is also popular for birding enthusiasts. A quick chat with park rangers will help identify popular species that you may encounter. A short drive south of Williston is Theodore Roosevelt National Parks north unit. The beauty of the park will take your breath away with tall buttes and beautiful prairies along with the Little Missouri River Valley. Keep your camera handy, as the park is home to native deer, antelope, mountain sheep and probably the most majestic residents, the North American Bison. The Juniper campgrounds provide drive through pads and tent camping areas, but no modern hookups. If backpacking is your passion then head up the Buckhorn or Achenbach trails and pitch your tent under the wide-open North Dakota skies. There are other modern RV parks and camping areas around Williston that give you access to the Fort Union and Fort Buford historic sites, and the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence area. So spend a few days camping and exploring in the Williston area. It is true family vacation fun.

Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitors Centers Beulah Convention & Visitors Bureau • (701) 873-4585 • (800) 441-2649 • Bottineau Area Chamber • (701) 228-3849 • (800) 735-6932 • • Garrison • (701) 463-2631 • (701) 799-4242 • Hazen • (701) 748-6848 • (888) 464-2936 • Kenmare • (701) 385-4857 • Minot Chamber • (701) 852-6000 • Minot CVB • (701) 857-8206 • (800) 264-2626 • New Town • (701) 627-3550 • Stanley • Tioga • (701) 664-2807 • Watford City & McKenzie County Tourism • (701) 444-5804 • (800) 701-2804 • Williston Area Chamber • (701) 577-6000 • Williston CVB • (701) 774-9041 • (800) 615-9041 •


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Points of Interest watford city Long X Visitor Center & Pioneer Museum

alexander Lewis & Clark Trail Museum

Western Meadowlark (photo cour tesy Matt Knoth)

epping Buffalo Trails Museum kildeer The Lost Bridge – 22 miles north of Killdeer on Hwy. 22. Dismantled bridge from the 1930’s. Minot Ward County Historical Museum stanton Knife River Indian Villages – north of Stanton. National Historic Site. (701) 745-3300 •

Calendar of Events

For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus.


Bottineau An Afternoon in the Garden Tours Crazy Days! International Country Gospel Festival CENTER – Oliver County Fair GARRISON Beach Party @ Ft. Stevenson State Park CANDISC Tour HAZEN – Outdoor 3-D Archery Championship Pitchfork Fondue kenmare – Greenwing Day MINOT – The Great Tomato Festival World of Outlaws Sprint Car Races New Town – Little Shell Pow Wow WATFORD CITY Best Of The West Ribfest & Street Fair WILLISTON – Chokecherry Festival Fort Buford Annual Encampment Indian Arts Showcase Mon-Dak Ag Open


ALEXANDER – Old Settlers Days Bottineau Evergreen - MSU-B Annual Dinner & Auction CENTER – St. Martin’s Fall Dinner HAZEN – Harvest Festival MINOT – Magic City Flea Market Motor Magic Motor Sports Festival Norsk Høstfest Scandinavian Festival New Town – Chili Challenge Classic Car & Motorcycle Show Pie Social WATFORD CITY – NDRA Championship Rodeo Finals WILLISTON JMAC Art Fest Mercy Medical Children’s Health Fair


Bottineau Fall Festival & DCU Homecoming CENTER – Pheasants Forever Banquet St. Paul’s Fall Feast kenmare – GooseFest Hunting Festival MINOT – Artfest! Y’s Men’s Indoor Pro Rodeo WILLISTON – All City Halloween Party Fort Buford Cemetery Walk Williston Basin Indian Club Powwow



GARRISON – Dickens Village Festival HAZEN – Arts & Crafts Bazaar kenmare – Light Up Night & Parade MINOT – Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase “The Big One” Arts & Crafts Fair WATFORD CITY – Parade of Lights

GARRISON – SkyDance Sakakawea kenmare – Classic Car Show/Rib Rally Lakeview Art Club Exhibit MINOT – Drag Racing WILLISTON – Band Day Festival Make-A-Wish Golf Tournament Paddlefishing the Confluence



GARRISON – Dickens Village Festival HAZEN – Germans from Russia Advent Service MINOT – “The Singing Christmas Tree” New Town – Annual Craft Fair Annual Parade Of Lights! Annual Walk-a-Bout New Town! WILLISTON – Mercy’s Charity Gala & Auction


Bottineau – International Seed & Ag Show MINOT – KMOT-TV Ag Expo “Triple T” Toy Show WILLISTON – Annual St. Joseph’s Church Mardi Gras


New Town – Bite the Ice on “The Hook” Fishing Derby, Numerous Kid’s & Other Raffle Prizes WILLISTON – Annual Soup’s On MonDak Pulse Day UMM Ice Fishing Derby


HAZEN Annual Hospital Auxiliary Turkey Dinner & Taste Of Hazen MINOT – KXMC Sports Show Prairie Quilt Festival Rambler’s Motorcycle Show Wild About Wheels Car Show WASHBURN – Lions Carnival WILLISTON – Craft Country Spring Arts & Crafts Farm & Ranch Show Sports & Recreation Show Upper Missouri Camera Club & Williston Area Woodworkers Show


HAZEN – Hazen Art Show MINOT – “The Big One” Arts & Craft Fair WILLISTON – Marketplace for Kids Natural World of the Confluence Activities Wilkinson School PTO Spring Auction

Bottineau – Bottineau County Fair CENTER – Old Settlers Celebration GARRISON – Ft. Stevenson Frontier Military Days Ft. Stevenson State Park Visitor Appreciation Day HAZEN – Cops ‘n Kids Fishing Derby Germans from Russia Musikfest Mercer County Airport Fly-In Mercer County Fair WASHBURN Lewis & Clark Days (3rd Weekend) WAEDA Golf Tournament WATFORD CITY – Children’s Fishing Derby Homefest Roughrider Rendezvous 4x4 Rally WILLISTON – API Golf Tournament Fort Union Rendezvous


Bottineau American Legion State Baseball Tourney Annual Bike Parade Annual Water Ski Show Beach Olympics @ Lake Metigoshe State Park Halloween in July @ Lake Metigoshe State Park Participation Parade & Fireworks Pioneer Day Celebration DUNN CENTER – “Early Settlers Days” GARRISON – ND Governors Cup Walleye Derby HAZEN – Crazy Daze Northern Great Plains Culture Fest Praise on the Prairie Festival kenmare – kBay Silent Auction - Free BBQ Dinner, Country Music, Lawn Mower Obstacle Course KILLDEER – ND Oldest Rodeo Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo MINOT – North Dakota State Fair WATFORD CITY – McKenzie County Fair & Rodeo North Dakota Ladies Run Bike Rally WILLISTON – Buffalo Trails Day (in Epping) Dakota Classic Modified Tour Katie Keogh Memorial Tennis Tournament •



Beulah Mercer County Museum (701) 873-5070 •

North Dakota State Parks & Recreation Areas Beaver Lake State Park Located on the west shore of Beaver Lake, the park’s gently rolling prairie provides scenic views for leisurely walks. Black Tiger Bay State Recreation Area This boat access area has two single-lane boat ramps, vault toilet and a large parking area for boat trailers. Cross Ranch State Park Cross Ranch State Park is located along seven miles of the last free-flowing, undeveloped stretches of the Missouri River. Crow Flies High Scenic Overlook This scenic overlook just west of New Town provides views of Four Bears Bridge and Lake Sakakawea. Doyle Memorial Doyle Memorial is popular for camping, fishing and boating. This small prairie park occupies a peninsula jutting into Green Lake in the rolling farmland of south central North Dakota. Double Ditch State Recreation Area Double Ditch Indian Village is considered one of the most important of the Mandan Indian earthlodge villages that dotted the Missouri River region. Ft. Abraham Lincoln State Park Rich in both military and early Native American history, Fort Abraham Lincoln was once an important infantry and cavalry post. It was from this fort that Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and the Seventh Cavalry rode out on their ill-fated expedition against the Sioux at the Little Big Horn. Fort Ransom State Park North Dakota’s homesteading heritage is preserved at Fort Ransom State Park, nestled in the picturesque and heavily-wooded Sheyenne River Valley. Fort Stevenson State Park On the north shore of giant Lake Sakakawea, Ft. Stevenson State Park is known as the walleye capital of North Dakota. Grahams Island State Park Devils Lake, North Dakota’s largest natural lake, is home to a 1,142-acre park system including Grahams Island State Park and a boat access area on the east side of the lake, named Black Tiger Bay State Recreation Area. Icelandic State Park Located on the north shore of Lake Renwick, Icelandic State Park offers visitors not only a wide array of recreational opportunities, but also glimpses of North Dakota’s homesteading heritage and its natural beauty. Indian Hills State Recreation Area & Resort Indian Hills State Recreation Area and Resort is operated by a private leasee. Amenities include camping, modern and primitive cabins, and a full-service marina with camp store and fishing guide service. Located 31 miles west of Garrison. Lake Metigoshe State Park This park is nestled in the scenic Turtle Mountains on the shores of Lake Metigoshe. The Chippewa called the lake “Metigoshe Washegum,” or “clear water lake surrounded by oaks.” Today, the lake is noted for its northern pike, walleye and perch. Lake Sakakawea State Park Located on the south shore of Lake Sakakawea, adjacent to Garrison Dam, Lake Sakakawea State Park offers a wide range of water-based recreational activities and facilities. Lewis & Clark State Park Lewis and Clark State Park is situated on one of the upper bays of Lake Sakakawea. The rugged buttes of the North Dakota Badlands display a towering backdrop to one of the state’s best recreation areas.


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Little Missouri State Park Wind, water and sand... these components sculpted North Dakota’s wildly rugged Little Missouri Breaks Country. Called “Mako Shika” or “where the land breaks” by the Sioux, these unusual land formations offer the state’s most awe-inspiring scenery. Sully Creek State Recreation Area Located in the heart of the North Dakota badlands, Sully Creek is just minutes away from the historic town of Medora and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Turtle River State Park Situated on the meandering Turtle River, Turtle River State Park is located in a beautiful wooded valley. The park offers year-round recreational activities, including camping, picnicking, fishing and trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. To learn more, visit the North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department at North Dakota contains 63 National Wildlife Refuges, more than any other state. To find locations and information about the refuges, visit mountain-prairie/refuges/nd

Birding at Arrowwood National Wildlife Refug e (photo courtesy Jason Lindsey, North Dakot a Tourism)

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Perch, Smallmouth Bass and Walleye for your fishing pleasure. Bait and tackle shops are available for the adventurous fishermen. For hiking, biking and natural trails, come and explore the native grasses, flowers and natural formation of Standing Rock. Interpretative trails are available. For more information, contact the Standing Rock Tribal Tourism Office at (701) 854-3698 or visit online at www.standingrock tourism. com

• Great Place to Eat with Friends & Family or an Exciting Night Out! • Exceptional Service • Full Menu & Variety of Drinks • Large Selection of Boots Apparel


If your vacation appetite needs outdoor experiences and adventures, Medora provides outstanding opportunities. The menu includes river water, clay buttes, hiking, biking and riding trails, grass greens—and more.. The Little Missouri River winds its way from the south from Wyoming through the Theodore Roosevelt National Park turning eastward toward Lake Sakakawea. This river is the lifeblood for many species of animals and plants. Head south of Medora to the Bully Pulpit Golf Course surrounded by the dramatic North Dakota Badlands and the Maah Daah Hey Trail. These two options will present challenges amidst the wide open spaces that are filled with clean, pristine air and stunning landscapes. Both have earned national reputations. The Maah Daah Hey Trail is for hikers, bikers and horseback riders and stretches from the Sully Creek Campground south of Medora to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit. Current total distance of the trail is approximately 100 miles. An adventure lover’s dream, the trail was characterized as one of the top 10 single-track mountain bike trails in the United States. It caps the clay buttes, provides breathtaking scenery of coniferous filled draws and offers close up views of wildlife. In addition, the Medora Riding Stables and Peaceful Valley Ranch are two opportunities for guided rides. Groups can also ride horses in the park with a TRNP permit. If you like to walk, shop, swim or dance, there are plenty of opportunities. Tennis courts are available also. Photographers will find lots of opportunities for pictures that will last a lifetime, and can be passed out to friends. Sunrises and sunsets are the bookends for a day of fun that create memories of children romping in the badlands. In addition, there is mini-golf, public swimming and two children’s playgrounds for enjoyment. For more information about visiting Medora and the surrounding area, contact the Medora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at (701) 623-4829 or visit us online at

Medora, North dakota

75 E. River Rd. S. 701-623-4800 800-634-3444

• Newly Renovated • Free, Hot Home-Style Breakfast • Free WiFi • Indoor Heated Pool


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300 Pacific Ave. Medora, ND 58645

(701) 623-2668

Create Legendary Memories! (701) 623-4829

• Historic Medora • Chateau de Mores State Historic Site • North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame • Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation • Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Open Year-Round in the Heart of the Badlands • Massage • Hair & Nails • Bodyworks • Hydrotherapies


Kick off your boots and kick back while relaxing in our serene and tranquil western styled spa. We offer the latests trends and equipment in massage, bodyworks, hydrotherapies, hair and nail services.

350 3rd Ave. Medora, ND 58645

Cedar Canyon Spa

(photos courtesy Cedar Canyon Spa)

Cedar Canyon Spa, “where the peace of the place softens reflections into dreaming” with its casual but elegant western décor, professional, creative team of cosmetologists and massage therapists as well as the best products in the Wild West. Our goal is to infuse your body and soul with soothing treatments and western hospitality as you visit our glorious Badlands. Some of our signature treatments and packages include such favorites as “Medora’s Foil Treatment” ($39), “Cowboy Classic” ($40), “Hoot’s Chocolate Milk Bath” ($40), “Little Missouri Mud Wrap” ($80) or “Cedar Canyon Spa Package” ($189) which includes the ever popular Deep Tissue Massage, Aromatherapy Mineral Salt Bath and a Classic Pedicure. We are a full service salon and spa open year-round in Medora. We want your experiences to be as unique and memorable as the area itself. When checking our web site: or our spa menu – know that we are happy to tailor each of these spa and salon services to exceed your personal expectations. Be it a solo retreat, a couple’s get away, a reunion of family and friends…Cedar Canyon Spa, Medora and the Badlands await you.

Bison Bull (photo courtesy Scott Thomas)

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Bismarck - Mandan Railroad Bridge (photo courtesy SnoShuu, Flickr)

Bismarck / Mandan

Two hundred years ago, Lewis and Clark arrived in the area now known as Bismarck and Mandan. Though time has changed, the natural scenic beauty of the area has remained the same. Bismarck, the capital city of North Dakota, and Mandan have much to offer, including pro sports teams and seven golf courses. It also has two water and amusement parks, multiple pools and water-slides, a fantastic zoo, a race track, riverboat rides on the Missouri River, skate parks, a plethora of skating rinks, and an archery range. For those looking for educational opportunities, there is a great hands-on science learning center and the North Dakota Heritage Center Museum and Rough Rider Hall of Fame on the Capitol Grounds. Outdoor enthusiasts will find an extensive trail system for walking,

biking and in-line skating. It has abundant hunting and fishing opportunities, boat ramps, marinas and campgrounds. The Lewis and Clark Trail is only a part of the many historic sites and parks to be visited in the Bismarck / Mandan area. Join us for Applefest, a family event featuring good old family fun at historic Buckstop Junction in Bismarck in September. Applefest includes events for all ages: live music, food and craft vendors, a silent auction, kid’s games, bake sale and dessert eating contests, Bless the Fest worship service and more! Proceeds benefit the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation. Go online to for more details. For more information contact the Bismarck / Mandan CVB at www. or phone (800) 767-3555 or stop by the office at 1600 Burnt Boat Drive in Bismarck.

Come Visit us at the Ramada Limited in Bismarck ND Located off of I-94 Exit 161. Enjoy the convenience to area Local attractions. 3808 East Divide Ave. • I-94 at Exit 161 Bismarck, ND 58501

(701) 221-3030 • (866) 421-9005

Our recently renovated hotel provides thoughtful in-room amenities like sleeper sofas, refrigerators, microwaves and free Wi- Fi internet access. Visit the large solarium where our indoor pool and whirlpool is located, or get a workout in our fitness center before heading to your room for a night of rest. Jacuzzi suites with fireplaces are available, and there is plenty of parking for your RV, Truck or Bus. Kids 17 and under stay free with Adults. We are a pet friendly! Enjoy FREE continental breakfast featuring several hot items before heading out for the day.

2011 Award Winning Property

Fax (701) 221-0927


1124 E. Capitol Ave. • Bismarck, ND 58501

(701) 255-1314

Free SuperStart® Breakfast • Free High-Speed Internet • Business Center • 24/7 Fax & Copy Service • Refrigerator & Microwave • Pets Allowed w/ Permission


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North Dakota’s Largest Tackle Shop “Upper Midwest’s Fishing Component Headquarters” Complete Fly Fishing Store • Lure-Building Components • Rods • Reels • Salmon Tackle & Equipment • Molds & Melting Equipment • Ice Fishing - Augers, Houses & Tackle 1-800-800-8000

2001 E. Bismarck Expressway • Bismarck, ND 58504

(701) 222-3092 • (800) 880-4665

Hours: M-F 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. • Sat. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Roughrider Days, Dickinson (photo courtesy Jenni Konrad)


Bowman / Reeder / Regent / Hettinger

These four cities have what it takes to make any visit to the southwestern corner of North Dakota one to remember. Bowman offers dinosaur digs in the Badlands out of its Pioneer Trails Regional Museum. There is good fishing, boating, camping and golf in the area as well. Reeder makes for a great place to stop by on your travel between Hettinger and Bowman. Hettinger is another fun-filled city with, campgrounds, golfing opportunities and a great historical site, “Last Great Buffalo Hunts.” You won’t want to miss this excitement. North of Hettinger you’ll find Regent at the southern border of the Enchanted Highway. Regent has a great gift shop, museum for the county, bed and breakfasts and a hunting resort. You won’t want to miss out on this area, for more information call the Bowman Chamber of Commerce at (701) 523-5880 or the Hettinger Area Chamber of Commerce at (701) 567-2531.

• Cable TV with HBO • High-Speed Wireless Internet • In-room Coffee • Microwaves, Refrigerators

704 Hwy. 12 West • Bowman, ND 58623

(701) 523-3243


Visit us in Dickinson for much to do, see, and eat. We have campgrounds, RV parks, hotels, inns or bed and breakfasts with close proximity to Patterson Lake where you’ll find fishing, picnic tables, nature areas, horseshoe pits, mountain biking and much more. In Dickinson we have a beautiful 18-hole golf course, a community center that has a climbing wall, indoor track, indoor playground with drop in daycare, leisure and competitive pools and two waterslides. Dickinson has two bowling alleys including one that is open 24 hours daily and a family movie cinema. Our attractions include a dinosaur museum, historical museums, Prairie Outpost Village and the Ukrainian Cultural Institute and Research Library. During the year there are events including band shell concerts, horse shows, a heritage festival, Ag Expo and the Christmas Parade of Lights. For more information or further details contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Dickinson at (800) 279-7391. •



Linton, the county seat and the largest city of Emmons County, is located 60 miles southeast of Bismarck, ND on Highway 83. It is a full service community with many businesses to serve you. Those businesses include a hospital, medical center, eye clinic, dentist, chiropractor, two financial institutions, two motels, a bed and breakfast, the county newspaper, fitness center, gun store with gunsmith, two unique gift stores, a hardware store and five restaurants. Linton also has a 9-hole golf course, swimming pool with a 90 foot waterslide, library and airport. Seaman Park is located 1/2 mile south of Linton and is linked to the town with a walking path. Seaman Park features overnight camping, shower facilities, barbecue grills, sheltered picnic areas, a covered outdoor stage, a playground for the children, Frisbee golf course and a softball field. However, Linton’s primary attraction is its great hunting and fishing opportunities. The area is famous for the abundant pheasant and deer population, and with the Missouri River being only 13 miles to the west, Linton has access to prime Walleye fishing.

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The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has 2.3 million acres of beautiful land that consists of rolling prairie grasses and flowers, buttes and badlands, valleys and rivers throughout the region. The Tribe is located along Lake Oahe, the Missouri River, Grand River and the Cannon Ball River, which offer the best fishing in the area. For the adventure of the outdoors, we offer camping near Fort Yates on Lake Oahe and on the Grand River. Tent camping and RV facilities are available. The picnic areas offer shelters with tables and fire rings. Lake Oahe’s 231-mile-long reservoir on the Missouri River offers boating, fishing, canoeing, water skiing and so many other water sports for the outdoor enthusiast. The river has an abundance of Northern Pike, Chinook Salmon, Perch, Smallmouth Bass and Walleye for your fishing pleasure. Bait and tackle shops are available for the adventurous fishermen. For hiking, biking and natural trails, come and explore the native grasses, flowers and natural formation of Standing Rock. Interpretative trails are available. For more information, contact the Standing Rock Tribal Tourism Office at (701) 854-3698 or visit online at Bridge Across Lake Oahe (photo courtesy J. Stephen Conn)

Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitors Centers Beach • (701) 872-3121 • Belfield Chamber • (701) 575-8135 • Bismarck / Mandan Chamber • (701) 223-5660 • Bismarck / Mandan CVB • (701) 222-4308 • (800) 767-3555 • Bowman • (701) 523-5880 or (866) 752-2691 • Dickinson Area Chamber • (701) 225-5115 • Dickinson CVB • (701) 483-4988 • (800) 279-7391 • Hettinger Area Chamber • (701) 567-2531 • Linton Chamber • (701) 254-4267 • Medora Chamber • (701) 623-4910 • Medora Area CVB • (701) 623-4829 • Medora - Theodore Roosevelt Foundation • (701) 623-4444 • (800) 633-6721 • Mott • (701) 824-2163 • (866) 862-6690 • Standing Rock Tribal Tourism • (701) 854-3698 •


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Calendar of Events

For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus.



BISMARCK Applefest Downtown Street Fair Folkfest & Folkfest Arts & Craft Show United Tribes International Powwow BOWMAN PRCA Rodeo DICKINSON Pride of Dakota Show West River Rabbit Show MANDAN – Amazing Corn Maize Family Night Golf Tourney Horse & Saddle Club Family Rodeo MARMARTH Cowboy Poetry Dinosaur Daze MEDORA Badlands Appreciation Weekend Final Performance of the Medora Musical ND Cutting Horse Invitational Wade Westin Music Fest


BISMARCK Crop Walk For Hunger Haunted Fair History Haunt Willet Miller Antique Show DICKINSON West River Livestock Show linton Pheasant Season Opener’s Chili Cook-Off MANDAN Family Night Halloween Party Haunted Fort @ Ft. Lincoln State Park Lutefisk & Lefse Dinner MEDORA Craft Show in the Badlands Halloween Party for Kids NEW LEIPZIG – Oktoberfest


BISMARCK Capital Quiltfest Fall Fantasy Arts & Craft Show Holiday Open House Holly Berry Christmas Art & Craft Show Pilgrims On The Plains DICKINSON Badlands Art Show HETTINGER Wake Up Santa Parade & Fireworks linton Light Up The Night Parade (Friday after Thanksgiving) Town & Country Banquet (Monday before Thanksgiving) MANDAN Craft & Bake Sales Polka Fest Shop Mandan Christmas Promotion MEDORA Annual Medora Wildlife Feed


BISMARCK BAGA Annual Cookie Walk Custer Christmas Holiday Arts & Craft Show Lights on Broadway Parade BOWMAN – Christmas Party DICKINSON AAUW Home Tour Christmas Parade Of Lights Christmas in Prairie Outpost Village Holiday Around The Town & Holiday Craft Show MANDAN Custer Christmas @ Ft. Lincoln State Park Family Christmas Party Miniature Art Show St. Joseph’s Baking & Home Show MEDORA Old Fashioned Cowboy Christmas


BISMARCK Civic Center Jamboree Rotary Wrestling Tournament University of Mary Jazz Festival MANDAN Cabin Fever Indoor Car Show


BISMARCK NPRA Bull-A-Rama DICKINSON API Gumbo Cookoff Ronald McDonald Cabin Fever Benefit HETTINGER Sheep & Beef Day linton – Cabin Fever Day


BISMARCK Annual Grape Expectations Annual Freedom Riders Motorcycle Classic ABATE Of North Dakota Freedom Riders Bike Show DICKINSON Spring Arts & Crafts Show MANDAN Annual Spring Craft Show


BISMARCK Annual Great American Stationary Bike Race For Cerebral Palsy College Arts Quest Knife River Indian Villages Native American Originals Spring Blossoms Craft Fair

BOWMAN Triple Turn Classic DICKINSON Home Show MANDAN Native American Originals Five Nations Arts


BISMARCK Band Night Parade National Historic Preservation Week BOWMAN Bowman Area Chamber Special Olympics Double J Horse Sale MANDAN Mandan Sport & Recreation Rendezvous on Main MEDORA Classroom in the Badlands Cowboy Poetry Gathering Ribs & Bluegrass


BISMARCK Annual Teddy Bear Golf Classic Annual Rod Run & Show High Plains Regional Rendezvous Lewis & Clark Days Missouri River Festival BOWMAN ND High School Rodeo DICKINSON Roughrider Days Fair & Expo ELGIN – Elgin Days HETTINGER Street Fest MANDAN Thursday Night Thunder MEDORA Antique Classic Car Show Bully Expedition Bully Run Burning Hills Worship Service Flag Day & All Horse Parade Medora Musical Opening Night North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Wild West Barrel Racing Pitchfork Steak Fondue Theodore Roosevelt Nat’l Park Annual Bird Walk & Chuckwagon Breakfast ST. ANTHONY TO NEW ENGLAND Hwy. 21 Treasure Hunt


BISMARCK – Crazy Days BOWMAN Bowman County Fair Dakota Territory Car Show Lil Spurs Rodeo Series Oil Field Open Golf Tournament Summerfest DICKINSON Prairie Cruisers Rod Run Roughrider Days Fair & Expo Taylor Horsefest Ukrainian Festival Wendy’s Big Classic Auto Show HETTINGER – Crops Tour linton Demolition Derby & Mud Volleyball Tournament MANDAN Buggies-n-Blues Classic Car Show Horse & Saddle Club Family Rodeo ND Governor’s Stock Car Classic Youth Rough Stock Rodeo MARMARTH Independence Day Rodeo & Parade MEDORA National Day of the Cowboy TAYLOR – HorseFest •



BeAch Spirit Of The West Celebration Home On The Range Rodeo BISMARCK – Capital A’Fair Fur Traders Rendezvous BOWMAN Lil Spurs Rodeo Series DICKINSON Northern Plains Heritage Festival Teddy Roosevelt Roughrider Classic 1/2 Marathon 5k Run/Walk HETTINGER Annual Adams County Fair Chamber Bull-O-Rama Rodeo MANDAN Corn Festival @ Ft. Lincoln State Park Demolition Derby Golf Club Championship Horse & Saddle Club Family Rodeo Mandan Art Assoc. Exhibit Monster Truck Show ND Disc Golf State Championship ND High School Rodeo Railroad Days Wild West Grill Fest MEDORA Badlands Trail Run Day of the People Founder’s Day Celebration Medora Fossil Dig Medora to Deadwood Iron Horse Rally Medora’s Birthday Celebration Sperry Horse Sale

Points of Interest bismarck / mandan Chief Looking’s Village Historic Site – Burnt Boat Dr., Bismarck. Open daily. Interpretive walking trails on bluffs overlooking Missouri River. (701) 222-6455 Double Ditch Indian Village State Historic Site – Eight miles north of Bismarck on Hwy. 1804. Open year-round. Interpretive signage. (701) 328-2666 Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park – Seven miles south of Mandan on Hwy. 1806. Reconstructed fort with buildings, blockhouses, Custer House, On-A-Slant Indian Village. (701) 667-6340 North Dakota Railroad Museum beach Golden Valley County Museum bowman Pioneer Trails Regional Museum

Infantry Blockhouse at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park (photos courtesy Erin and Lance Willett)


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dickinson Assumption Abbey – 23 miles east of Dickinson on I-94. Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., or call for appointment. (701) 974-3315 Dakota Dinosaur Museum Dickinson Museum Center hettinger Dakota Buttes Museum medora Billings County Courthouse Museum Chateau De Mores State Historic Site – 3448 Chateau Road, Medora. Open 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. MT, May 16-Sept. 15. (701) 623-4355. Medora Musical North Dakota Cowboy Hall Of Fame regent Enchanted Highway

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Sky Dancer

Hotel & Casino

Located in the beautiful Turtle Mountains – where the sky’s the limit! At Sky Dancer Casino we are always working to provide you the best gaming experience possible. Check out our current gaming promotions, slot tournaments, bingo offerings and hotel specials. Sky Dancer Casino is open 24 hours for your gaming pleasure. The casino offers over 525 video and reel slots including Video Poker, Video Blackjack and Video Keno along with your favorite slot machine games - from penny to five dollar games. We understand that not everyone favors the slot machines and that is why we also offer table games like blackjack and poker in addition to the always popular Bingo games. Also featured are the many progressive games where one pull can make you a BIG winner! And don’t forget the pull tab machines! Turtle Mountain Bingo Palace is the place to be for daily games with a variety of ways to win. With games like Blackout, Crazy T, 4 Corners and many more, imagine the excitement of yelling BINGO! Why not stay and play at Sky Dancer Hotel & Casino. We have 97 elegant guest rooms that will meet the needs of everyone! Our standard amenities include a large pool area and kiddie pool, sauna, whirlpool, exercise area, coffee pots, iron & ironing boards, free HBO, wireless internet access, microwave and fridge, hair dryers and much more! Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For hotel reservations, call (877) 676-0048 and be sure to ask about our package deals. While you’re enjoying your stay at Sky Dancer Hotel & Casino make sure you check out Chippewa Trails Restaurant. We have a great selection and feature a different buffet daily! With prices that can’t be beat, sit down for a great meal in the restaurant. You won’t be disappointed! At Sky Dancer Hotel & Casino we always have something exciting happening. Ask about our current events, promotions and activities. Visit us online at or call 1-866-BIG-WINS (244-9467) for more information or reservations. (see Back Cover)

Coming in 2012 New Casino & Hotel Expansion!

Belcourt / Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway

Belcourt is the community seat of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. This is the center of life for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians — a highly adventurous, adaptable and resourceful people who have a most unique and colorful heritage. Today’s Tribal members are descendants of the legendary Chiefs, warriors, buffalo hunters, traders, trappers, Red River cart and dogsled freighters, and voyagers. The landscape of Belcourt and the Turtle Mountain area was formed by receding glaciers which created an elevated terrain of rolling “turtleback” hills and scooped-out lakes. This area of scenic beauty is unequaled in the state or region. The hills have a dense brush and tree cover of poplar, birch, oak willow and aspen. With numerous sparkling lakes, an ideal wildlife habitat and recreational area exists with many species of large and small game. Hunting and fishing are excellent.

Queen of Peace Bed & Breakfast Conference Retreat Center Conference Rooms We Do Private Room Prices 1 Person $50.00 Board Seating 15, Retreats 2 People $55.00 2 Large Conference Wireless Internet Meet, Work, Rooms Seating Groups Welcome Reflect, Relax Services 20-60 people Children Free ...In Peace!

St. Ann’s Rd., N. of Hwy. 5 • P.O. Box 1448 • Belcourt, ND 58316

(701) 477-6167 • Fax: (701) 477-5751 •


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Cando, “Duck Capital of North Dakota” is centrally located in the Prairie Pothole Regions of the state. Cando’s location makes it an excellent center for outdoor activities, such as first class fishing, big game and waterfowl hunting, as well as bird watching and nature photography. Whether your idea of fun is playing nine-holes on our beautiful golf course or attending a musical production at the Audi Theater, Cando definitely has something to satisfy everyone’s taste. While you’re in town, attend one of Cando’s five churches - Cando Lutheran Church, United Methodist Church, Christian Fellowship Church, Assembly of God Church, and Sacred Heart Church. Cando’s history is on display at museums, including the famous Dale & Martha Hawk Museum located just 30 miles west of Cando. Agriculture is the primary industry in Towner County. Cando also has several manufacturing facilities, which have added to the economic growth of the area. The Towner County Medical Center is one of the area’s largest employers. For more information, contact the Cando Area Chamber of Commerce at or visit


Carrington, known as the Central City for its central location to major cities in North Dakota, is known for its strong agriculture background. Carrington is home to Dakota Growers Pasta Company and NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center as well as numerous agri-businesses. When visiting Carrington, there are many places to visit and tour. Enjoy the beautiful floral gardens at Dakota Sun Gardens. Ideal for group tours, reunions, birdwatchers, meetings and weddings to name a few. Interesting historical sites include museums, historical buildings and cultural centers. The Chieftain Conference Center is recognized by many as a North Dakota landmark because of its Native American Indian statue and Native American Artifact Museum. The CrossRoads Golf Course (18-hole) and recreation parkway is a great place to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Enjoy a round of golf or take a stroll on the scenic walk / bike path. Carrington also has camping, hunting / fishing areas, horseback riding or during the winter months snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Carrington’s recreational facilities also include tennis and volleyball courts, softball facility, outdoor swimming pool and disc golf course. Each June, Carrington hosts the Potholes and Prairie Birding Festival. Many birders from around the U.S. come to Carrington to add to their “life lists” of birds. Carrington’s central location to North Dakota’s major cities allows for easy access to the city life. For more information call the Carrington Area Chamber of Commerce at (701) 652-2524 or (800) 641-9668. Visit these websites: and

Devils Lake / Minnewaukan / Warwick

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• Hotel • Conference Rooms • Sports Bar & Grill 60 4th Ave S. • ND Hwy. 281 Carrington, ND 58204


Carrington Convention & Visitors Bureau 871 Main Street Carrington, ND 58421

(701) 652-2524 (800) 641-9668

101 4th Ave. South Hwy. 281 Carrington, ND 58421 (701) 652-3982

Devils Lake is the largest natural body of water in North Dakota and one of a few closed basin lakes in the U.S. There is fishing, including ice fishing, of Jumbo and Yellow Perch, Whopper, Walleye, Northern Pike and 40 Rooms • Complimentary Continental Breakfast White Bass all year. The lake allows for boating, tubing, water-skiing and • Free 24 Hour Coffee • Hot Pizza & Snacks Available any other water sport you can think of. The shores are decorated with trees • Free Wireless Internet • Cable TV • Pets w/ Permission and rolling hills which are beautiful camping areas with good hiking, biking, or during the winter months, cross-country skiing or snowmobiling. Into the town of Devils Lake you’ll find even more to enjoy. There is an 18-hole golf course sitting beautifully on the edge of the lake. The Holiday Mall, Highway 2 and historic downtown offers 240 retailers so shopping is in abundance. A casino has excitement to offer 24 hours a day. Museums offer heritage and maritime history. Around the Lake to the east you’ll find the great city of Minnewaukan. Because Minnewaukan is away from the larger city you can sit back and enjoy nature at its finest. On the southwest side, Warwick offers great camping. For more information contact the Devils Lake Visitor’s Bureau at (800) 233-8048 or visit our website at

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The Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway begins its upward ascent winding through the calm, serene beauty of the Turtle Mountains passing farmsteads, pasture land, recreational areas, Christian retreats, beautiful clear blue lakes, tree covered wildlife areas and then descending into the foothills with a spectacular view of the prairie. Rich in history, this area provided trading and trapping for the early settlers. Buffalo herds were in abundance and wildlife still abounds in the area. The visitor can enjoy beautiful lakes, lush foliage, wildflowers and an abundance of wildlife. Points of interest include the Martineau House Byway Information Center, Wakopa Wildlife Management Area, International Peace Garden, Lake Metigoshe State Park, Turtle Mountain Recreational Forest, and Lion Park at Lake Upsilon. To learn more about Belcourt and the Turtle Mountain area, visit or

The Dunseith Log House Tourist Information & Visitor Center is your headquarters for activities and events. It is open throughout the season and has gifts from the local area. Dunseith is close to camping and beautiful lakes. There is a golf course north of the city and outdoor recreation abounds. To lean more, contact the Log House Tourist Information & Visitor Center at (701) 244-5860 in the summer months.

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Fishing in Drayton (courtesy Drayton Comm


The community of Drayton would like to welcome you to the Catfish Capital of the North. This quaint community offers an environment of generosity and kindness, while providing visitors a long list of exciting activities to explore. In addition to the scenic landscape of the Red River, you can indulge in many family activities including hunting, fishing, birding, swimming, golf, curling, skating, cross-country skiing, shopping, camping, snowmobiling, dining and much more. Take an excursion through time at the Blessing Museum and sod and log houses, or relax in beautiful Schumacher Park. No matter where you are in this community, you will find people are its greatest asset. So come have some fun in Drayton and explore Red River country!

The International Peace Garden is one of the continent’s most symbolic and scenic attractions. Thousands of tourists flock to this unique tribute to peace and friendship between the people of the United States of America and Canada. The Garden encompasses 2,300 acres of natures beauty; two pristine fresh water lakes, scenic trails, wildflowers, waterfalls, and a large variety of North American birds and animals. Modern and rustic camping facilities are available. At the far end of the Formal Garden, 120 foot Peace Towers immerse symbolizing people from the four corners of the earth coming together to form two similar, but distinct nations, with a common base of democracy and beliefs. Every fifteen minutes and on the hour, the lovely tones of the chimes can be heard from the Carillon Bell Tower. Peace Poles, presented by the Japanese Government, are inscribed with “May Peace Prevail” in 28 different languages. The Peace Chapel is the only building straddling the U.S. and Canadian Border and features dozens of quotes from “People of Peace” etched into beautiful fossil embellished limestone walls. In the truly inspirational Garden’s Chapel lies open a book of remembrance, displaying the names of the victims of 9/11 and the 9/11 Memorial Site is twisted girders rescued from the World Trade Center devastation. For more information, visit


Log House Tourist Information


Dunseith is the “Gateway to the Peace Garden.” It is located on the junction of Hwy. 281 and Hwy. 5, 41 miles north of Rugby. The area is full of year-round activities wth the summer being the busiest time. The Dunseith Rodeo Club hosts a 2-day event annually. The Roughrider Rodeo will be kicking up its heels in July. The Little Shell Pow Wow Grounds will have a pow-wow the same weekend. This is an exciting display of Native American culture and traditions. Tribes from all over the United States and Canada participate in many different classes of competition, so don’t miss this event!

& Visitor Center

Junction Hwy. 3, 5 & US 281 • Dunseith, ND

• North Dakota Handmade Crafts • Souvenirs • Postcards • Native American Made Baskets & Jewelry • Rest Rooms • Picnic Facilities • RV Parking Available w/ Hookups

In Summer Call

(701) 244-5860


Summer Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Daily Welcome to the Turtle Mountains and Dunseith... The Gateway to the International Peace Garden!

Located in the heart of the Red River Valley in northeastern North Dakota, Grafton is a community rich not only in soils but also in heritage. The history and diverse culture of the area can be felt and appreciated in many sights and attractions, both in and around Grafton. In addition to many historic churches, private homes and public buildings, Grafton is home to Heritage Village and Elmwood Mansion, both offering visitors a glimpse of life in the past. Grafton’s rural setting does not eliminate some of the urban advantages found in larger communities for its residents and guests. Grafton merchants offer many brand name products found in larger cities with the benefit of personal service and a convenient shopping environment. Home to more than 100 retail businesses including many locally owned, Grafton also boasts nationally known retailers, restaurants, and hotels. Recreational facilities abound in Grafton. The Grafton Centennial Center proves to be one of the finest athletic facilities around providing artificial ice, a regulation-sized hockey rink, heated concession area and seating for approximately 2,000 fans. Other recreational facilities include a beautiful 9-hole golf course, softball and baseball complexes, outdoor pool, 4 sheet ice curling club, bowling alley, movie theater, archery club, gun club, 9-hole frisbee golf, bike paths, tree filled parks, full service campground and three fitness centers. The Grafton area also entices the outdoor sportsman. Deer hunting is quite popular in the area as well as duck, goose, wild turkey, and fox hunting. Canoeing, fishing, bird watching, and magnificent photo opportunities abound on the scenic Park and Red Rivers. During the winter months, groomed snowmobile trails provide fresh air and excitement for sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoes. Proud of its annual community events the residents of Grafton invite visitors to the community with open arms. Friendly people and real community spirit are the reason Grafton is able to offer successful and fun events to the surrounding region. If you would like more information about Grafton and any of their special events contact the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce at (701) 352-0781 or visit us at www.graftonevents. Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce com and ask for your free visitor guide. There’s something for everyone 701-352-0781 • in Grafton, so come and “Make an Event of It!”


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Grand Forks

What makes Greater Grand Forks simply grand? It may be savoring a handmade chocolate-covered potato chip or biting into home-grown, freshly roasted corn-on-the-cob at the downtown farmers market. Maybe it’s having a splashing good time at the biggest water park in North Dakota, golfing one of our many highly rated courses, catfishing the Red River or simply in-line skating along a scenic winding river trail before relaxing in a comfortable four-star hotel. Perhaps it’s our unparalleled shopping. Whether it’s outdoors or under one roof, Greater Grand Forks is your source for some of the best bargains around. Great buys can be found at our local malls and unique specialty stores. The big retail names are here, as well as those oneof-a-kind gems that are fun to discover. You’ll also find antique shops with rare and beautiful items from the past. There’s truly something for everyone; even the most discerning customer is guaranteed to find their own special niche. And when it comes to top-notch entertainment, the Alerus Center is sure to impress. Some of the wide-ranging events held there include: extreme fighting; NPRA bull-riding; NBA basketball and several concerts including Keith Urban, Britney Spears, Fleetwood Mac and Cher. The world renowned Ralph Engelstad Arena is not only home to University of North Dakota championship hockey, it also hosts an array of professional sporting events and the hottest selling concerts in the country. Greater Grand Forks has now positioned itself as a destination city. Whether you travel half a world to get here or just live in the next town over, expect to be welcomed with first-class service and hospitality. Your first trip to Greater Grand Forks definitely won’t be your last. We invite you to come and see for yourself how simply grand we are! For more information contact the Greater Grand Forks Conv. and Visitor’s Bureau at (701) 746-0444 or (800) 866-4566. By Shelley Wagendorf, Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau

Grand Forks Arts Festival (photo courtesy Liren Chen)

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Gorge & Nature Coming Together for Fantastic Beauty • 701-549-3600

• Thursday Night Sushi • Late Nite Menu Half Price Specials


1826 S. Washington Grand Cities Mall Grand Forks, ND 58201

701 - 795 - 1386

(701) 746-8970

Call for Reservations 22 South 3rd St. Grand Forks, ND 58201 Hours: Tue. - Sat. 5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. •



Lake Metigoshe State Park (photos courtesy ND Parks & Recreation Dept.)

Mountain was founded in 1884. The city is known for being the destination of many Icelandic immigrants, later known as Western Icelanders, who arrived until around 1914. Geir Haarde, the former prime minister of Iceland, traveled to Mountain in August 2007 to attend the Deuce of August celebration, which celebrates Iceland’s journey to independence from Denmark.

Lake Metigoshe State Park

Nestled in the scenic Turtle Mountains on the shores of Lake Metigoshe, Lake Metigoshe State Park was constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s and is one of the most popular year-round vacation spots in North Dakota. The Chippewa called the lake “Metigoshe Washegum,” or “clear water lake surrounded by oaks.” Today, the lake is noted for its Northern Pike, Walleye and Perch. The rolling hills, aspen forests and small lakes attract nature and photography lovers to the area to capture these sights on film. The Old Oak Trail, a National Recreation Trail, is found within the park boundaries. Winter provides opportunities for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, skating, sledding and ice fishing. The snowmobile trails within the park connect with over 250 miles of groomed trails throughout the Turtle Mountains. Ecology, conservation and outdoor recreation programs are offered at the park’s Lake Metigoshe Outdoor Learning Center. The park has both modern and primitive camping, as well as picnicking areas. There are group dormitories, kitchen and meeting facilities and year-round cabins available for rent.


Also known as the “Western Gateway to the Rendezvous Region,” the community of Langdon has much to offer the entire family! Whether it’s history, nature, shopping, or sports, we have it here. Indoors or out, summer or winter, Langdon offers many great activities for any season and age. To learn more, please contact the Langdon Area Chamber of Commerce at (701) 256-3079 or visit us online at

Langdon Motor Inn 210 9th Ave. • Langdon, ND 58249 (701) 256-3600 • Fax (701) 256-3602 26 Clean & Comfortable Rooms • Free Wi-Fi Queen-size Beds • Continental Breakfast Children 16 & younger stay free! 30

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Retreat Center & Lodging

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12588 88th St. N.E. • Mountain, ND 58262 (701) 402-2148 • (888) 518-6570 Pembina

Located in the northeast corner of North Dakota along Interstate 29, Pembina, the oldest city in the Dakotas, is around 220 years old. The Pembina State Museum is a must see. The museum has exhibits from 100 million years ago. Pembina is a trade city. It’s port is the largest trade city from the Great Lakes to Montana. One of the tree cities, Pembina has many events worth seeing throughout the year. The annual Pembina-Red River Toughrider Rodeo features a concert; Boot Scoot Party, a corn feed and the ultimate in good fun, “Kiss a Horse” contest. Pembina is a fun lovin’ town. The State Museum features an observation tower with magnificent views. The museum also hosts events and houses traveling exhibits. Pembina has golfing facilities and water activities, hiking trails, parks, forested areas and much more so come visit.


The geographical center of North America, Rugby is full of fun and enjoyment. The monument, marking North America’s center is a great place to take pictures and make memories. For swimmers, Rugby has an indoor swimming pool that’s sure to give you a splash of excitement. Downtown has many stops too. There is a 34-ft. tower that displays a bell collection called the Niewoehner Bell tower. The Northern Lights Tower is a multi-colored tower that creates its own spectacular Northern Lights. Prairie Village Museum and Victorian Dress Museum are also great places to visit. Visit a museum or, if the outdoors are more your style, there is a 9-hole golf course or a three-mile walking path. During the winter months try the 339 miles of snowmobile trails. For more information contact the Rugby Chamber of Commerce at (701) 776-5846.


Walhalla Inn

• Steak House • Lounge • On & Off Sale • Banquet Facilities Lounge & Restaurant Bottle Shop Hours

Mon - Sat 10 am - 1 am Mon - Thurs 5 pm - 9 pm Sun 12 noon - 6 pm Fri - Sat 5 pm - 9:30 pm

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Hwy. 55 West • Walhalla, ND Hwy. 55 West • Walhalla, ND


or 1-800-853-4302


or 1-866-234-1851 Dale & Martha Hawk Museum Farm Show (courtesy Dale & Martha Hawk Museum)


Wolford, North Dakota is a small prairie town located on Highway 17 in Northern Pierce County. It has an excellent award winning school, Lutheran church, Post Office, a farm supply business and a bar/convenience store/café. The Dale and Martha Hawk Museum is located four miles east of Wolford on Hwy. 17 and three miles north on Hwy. 30. This gem on the prairie evolved from the ingenuity, hard work and inventive mind of Dale Hawk and his wife Martha, who are now both deceased. Dale was a genius inventor and mechanic whose hobby of restoring and preserving tractors and other machinery led to what is now a vast collection of machinery and other things from the past. The museum consists of their first farm home, a country church, general store, country school, clock house, doll collection, community hall, blacksmith shop and a newly renovated old school building displaying typical rooms of a pioneer home and businesses of the past. There are also three other large buildings filled with antique tractors, machinery, cars, other items from days gone by and a sawmill operation, threshing grounds and campgrounds. As Dale and Martha grew older, many people from the area volunteered their time and talents to run and preserve the museum. After their deaths, the museum has continued to operate and flourish on a volunteer basis. In 2006 the museum celebrated its 25th anniversary. Each year the museum hosts an Antique Farm Show on the 2nd full weekend in June May 1 - Oct. 1, Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and a Fall Fest in September. The June show consists of daily parades, 4839 78th St. N.E. • Wolford, ND 58385 threshing, lumber milling, live music, flea & craft market, great food, children’s activities and many other events. From Wolford 4 Mi. E. on Hwy. 17, 3 Mi. N. on Hwy. 30 The museum gets no funding from Federal, State or local government. (701) 583-2381 • It is solely supported by donations and volunteer help. Museum hours Unique Collection of Antique Farm Equipment, Steam Engines, Tractors, Threshers, Autos, are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily from May - October with other times by appoint500 Clocks, Country Store, One-Room School, Early Household Items. RV Campground. ment. For more info visit or e-mail dmhark@ Antique Farm Show - June • Fall Fest - September You can also call (701) 583-2381 or (701) 583-2532.

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Known as the “Moose Capital of North Dakota,” hunters will be in paradise with the high concentration of moose, turkey, deer, elk and more. If you like to hike, the Pembina River and Pembina Hills have a spectacular view not to be missed. The Pembina Hills are actually a gorge that has been carved by the river so the sights are beautifully colored with layers of history. For water lovers the river is great to float on and is best in this area because of the small rapids here. Off Highway 32 is the Tetrault Woods State Forest. These 431 acres are sure to take your breath away. Walhalla is the second oldest community in the state, so historic sites are abundant to see in the area. The Walhalla State Historic Site is the birthplace of this community established in 1848 for trading fur with the Metis and Chippewa Indians. The Gingras Trading Post State Historic Site is one of the oldest buildings built by Euro-Americans in North Dakota and dates back to 1843. The Oak Lawn Church State Historic Site is just 11 miles south and was built in 1885. Contact the Walhalla Area Chamber at (701) 549-3939 to learn more.

Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitors Centers Cando • (701) 968-3632 • Carrington Area Chamber • (701) 652-2524 • (800) 641-9668 • Cavalier Area Chamber • (701) 265-8188 • Devils Lake Chamber & Tourism Office • (701) 662-4903 • (800) 233-8048 • Drayton • (701) 454-FISH • Dunseith Log House Tourist Info. & Visitor Center • (701) 244-5860 Grafton Area Chamber • (701) 352-0781 • Grand Forks Chamber • (701) 772-7271 • Greater Grand Forks CVB • (701) 746-0444 • (800) 866-4566 • Harvey • (701) 324-2604 • Langdon Area Chamber • (701) 256-3079 • New Rockford Area Chamber • (701) 947-2211 • Rolla • (701) 477-3610 • Rugby Chamber • (701) 776-5846 • Walhalla Area Chamber • (701) 549-3939 •

Calendar of Events

For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus.


CARRINGTON National Night Out CAVALIER Kids Weekend GARRISON – Beach Party CANDISC Bicycle Tour GRAND FORKS Art & Wine Walk Blues on the Red HARVEY – Crazy Days DUNSEITH Art Exhibit “FAME” Summer Festival RUGBY – Annual Village Fair SULLYS HILL – Birding Festival Walhalla Rendezvous Art Festival


CANDO Annual Duck Daze CARRINGTON – Junk Fest Junk N Java Fall Sale CAVALIER – Arts & Crafts Festival Pioneer Machinery Show Pumpkin Art Fest GRAND FORKS – Art & Wine Walk NEW ROCKFORD Steam Threshers Reunion Walhalla Giant Pumpkin Festival Walhalla Ridge Riders Fall Trail Ride WOLFORD – Fall Fest


GRAND FORKS Frosty Bobber Winter Carnival LAMOURE Wildlife & Game Feed & Auction


DEVILS LAKE – ShiverFest GRAND FORKS Annual Greenway Ski Days


DEVILS LAKE – Year End Mixed Bonspiel GRAND FORKS – Home Design & Garden Show LAMOURE – 4-H Family Fun Night RUGBY – Spring Expo



GRAND FORKS – Cabaret Red River Valley Motorcycle Show Prime Steel Car Show Shrine Circus The Passing Zone Show


CARRINGTON Junk N Java Spring Sale DEVILS LAKE Memorial Motorcycle Rally GARRISON – Skydance Sakakawea GRAND FORKS – Art & Wine Walk Thunder Up North Air Show Walhalla Brush Bunch Art Show

CAVALIER Halloween Parade FINLEY – Fall Festival GRAND FORKS Annual Grand Forks Art & Craft Fair Annual East Grand Forks Arts & Craft Show Art & Wine Walk CARRINGTON Craft & Gift Extravaganza CAVALIER Christmas Open House & Program Santa Parade GARRISON Dickens Village Festival GRAND FORKS – Art & Craft Shows LAMOURE – Turkey Fun Night RUGBY Annual Rugby Craft Fair



CAVALIER Moonlight Madness & Fish Fry DRAYTON Old Fashioned Christmas GARRISON – Dickens Village Festival GRAND FORKS First Night Celebration Ol’ Fashioned Christmas Festival Parade Of Lights LAMOURE Pancake Day & Craft Show (1st Sat.) RUGBY Annual Northern Lights Shootout Pool

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CARRINGTON – Bull A Rama Foster County Fair Golf Tournaments Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival Putnam House Annual Wine Taste & Auction

CAVALIER Icelandic National Trails Day Motorcycle Ride-In Saturday Night at the Hall DEVILS LAKE Devils Run Car Show & Rod Run Spirit Lake Casino Muscle Car Show Walleye Fishing Tournament FESSENDEN –Wells County Fair FINLEY – Finley Days DUNSEITH Founder’s Day Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest GARRISON Fort Stevenson Frontier Military Days Prairie Lake Festival GRAND FORKS Annual Rhubard Festival Art & Wine Walk Blues on the Red Grand Cities Art Fest Greater Grand Forks County Fair LAMOURE ND Farm Toy Show (Father’s Day Weekend) Walhalla – Annual Safety Fair Golf Tournament Rendezvous Region Rib Fest WOLFORD Hawk Museum / Antique Farm Show


cando Cando Classic Cruise Parade & Car Show CARRINGTON – Dakota Youth Rodeo Series Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Putnam House Grill Fest CAVALIER – Christmas in July Music & Art In The Park COOPERSTOWN – Griggs County Fair DRAYTON – Drayton Riverfest Rod & Reel Catfishing Tournament DUNSEITH – Powwow Roughrider Rodeo GARRISON – CANDISC Bicycle Tour ND Governor’s Walleye Cup Fishing Derby GRAND FORKS – Art & Wine Walk Blues on the Red Fun 4th & Fireworks Friday Night Races LAMOURE Red Hot Fire Days (3rd Weekend) MCVILLE – McVille Days NEW ROCKFORD – Summer Theater RUGBY Pierce County Fair & July 4th Celebration Walhalla – Fierce Fun on the Fourth

Points of Interest Devils lake Fort Totten State Historic Site – open 10-5 and winter months by appointment. (701) 766-4441 Drayton Blessing Museum Drayton Dam Recreation Area Drayton United Methodist Church Historical Site Hastings Landing Recreation Area Schumacher Park Dunseith International Peace Garden East grand forks, MN Heritage Village

Grafton Heritage Village Historic Elmwood grand forks Greenway Trail System Historic Downtown Japanese Garden King’s Walk Golf Course – This world-class golf course features a natural prairie setting that creates the feel of the courses of Scotland and Ireland. (701) 787-KING • Myra Museum And Campbell House North Dakota Museum Of Art Ralph Engelstad Arena River Cities Speedway rugby Geographical Center of North America – Rugby, ND. (701) 776-5846 • Northern Lights Tower wolford Dale & Martha Hawk Museum – a collection of antique farm equipment, steam engines, autos, clocks, country store and one-room school. From Wolford 4 miles E. on Hwy. 17, three miles N. on Hwy. 30. (701) 583-2381 •

Biking Along Devils Lake (courtesy Daniel Liu)

Boats on Devils Lake (courtesy Patrick’s Fotografia, Flickr) •



cavalier Cavalier Country Club Cavlandic Trail – a non-motorized trail for bikers & walkers. Heritage Center & Pembina County Museum Iclandic State Park / Renwick Dam – 6 miles west of Cavalier.

Jack McCall - Cowardly Killer Jack (John) McCall, also known as “Crooked Nose” Jack, would probably have never been remembered in history if he hadn’t shot Wild Bill Hickok in Deadwood, South Dakota. Not specifically an “outlaw,” McCall was more notorious for his drunkenness and stupidity, and perhaps as a scoundrel. However, as he utilized several aliases throughout his lifetime, there may very well have been more dastardly deeds in his past of which we are unaware. Born around 1850 in Jefferson County, Kentucky, he was raised there along with his three sisters. McCall drifted west as a young adult and was working in the Kansas-Nebraska border country with a group of buffalo hunters by about 1869. Later he was known to have been in Wyoming before arriving in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1876, going by the name of Bill Sutherland. Newspaper accounts described him as having thick chestnut hair, a small sandy moustache, a double chin and crossed eyes. Soon after his arrival in Deadwood, he was drinking at the bar at Nuttall and Mann’s No. 10 Saloon on August 1, 1876. Getting steadily drunk, he watched as Wild Bill Hickok played poker at a full table. When one of the players dropped out, McCall quickly took his place. Drunk and overmatched, McCall lost hand after hand until he had not a dime left in his pocket. Hickok then gave McCall some money to buy himself something to eat and advised him not to play again until he could cover his losses. Though McCall accepted the money, he felt insulted. The next afternoon when Wild Bill entered Nuttall & Mann’s Saloon he found Charlie Rich sitting in his preferred seat. After some hesitation, Wild Bill joined the game, reluctantly seating himself with his back to the door and the bar . . . a fatal mistake. Jack McCall, drinking heavily at the bar, saw Hickok enter the saloon, taking a seat at his regular table in the corner near the door. Seeing an opportunity to avenge himself of the insult, and perhaps to make a name for himself, McCall came up behind Hickok, pointed his .45 caliber revolver at the back of his head and pulled the trigger as he shouted, “Damn you, take that!” Hickok, holding a hand of Aces and Eights, fell instantly dead to the floor. Afterwards, the cowardly McCall ran immediately from the saloon and attempted to escape on someone else’s horse that was tethered nearby. However, because the saddle had been loosened, he fell to the ground. He then ran down the dusty street and hid in a butcher’s shop, but within minutes, he was found by a large crowd. The very next day, the mining camp assembled a miners’ court, convening at the McDaniels/Langrishe Theater. Though the City of Deadwood had no legal jurisdiction, they went about appointing a defense attorney, prosecutor, and judge and began McCall’s trial for murder. McCall claimed he had shot Wild Bill in revenge for killing his brother back in Abilene, Kansas and maintained that he would do it all over again given the chance. In less than two hours the jury returned a “not guilty” verdict that evoked this comment in the Black Hills Pioneer: “Should it ever be our misfortune to kill a man ... we would simply ask that our trial may take place in some of the mining camps of these hills.” McCall hung about Deadwood for several days, until a man called Cali-


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Wild Bill Hickok

fornia Joe strongly suggested the air might be bad for McCall’s health. McCall got the message and believing he’d escaped punishment for his crime, headed to Wyoming bragging to anyone who would listen that he had killed the famous Wild Bill Hickok. Less than a month later, the trial held in Deadwood was found to have had no legal basis, Deadwood being located in Indian Territory. McCall’s boasting would literally be the death of him when a U.S. Deputy Marshal in Laramie, Wyoming heard his bragging and arrested him on August 29th. Charged with murder, he was taken to Yankton, South Dakota to stand trial. Lorenzo Butler Hickok traveled from Illinois to attend the trial of his brother’s murderer which began on December 4, 1876 and was gratified when McCall was found guilty on December 6th. On March 1, 1877, Jack McCall was marched up the platform where he kneeled with a priest with his arms and legs tied. When he stood up the black hood was drawn over his head and McCall asked the marshal for just one more moment of prayer. Afterwards, the noose was placed around his neck and McCall allegedly said, “Draw it tighter, Marshal.” At 10:10 a.m. the trap was sprung and McCall was hanged, the first to be legally executed in Dakota Territory. As to McCall’s earlier claim of having shot Hickok out of revenge for his brother, it was discovered that Jack McCall never had a brother. McCall was buried in the southwest corner of Yankton’s Catholic cemetery. In 1881, when the cemetery was moved to make room for the Territorial Insane Hospital, his body was exhumed and it was discovered that he had been buried with the noose still around his neck. Though his remains were reburied in an unmarked grave in the Yankton Cemetery, the exact location was lost over time and remains unknown today. ~ Kathy Weiser, owner/editor, Legends of America,

Wild Bill Hickok

Jack McCall

(photos courtesy National Archives)

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Attractions ashley

The city of Ashley is rooted in the strong traditions of its past but also has a great vision for its future. A well kept secret, this community of more than 800 people is located in south central North Dakota on rich, beautiful land. The history of Ashley, past to present, is depicted on a 130 foot mural that spans an outside wall of a business in the community. From buffalo and trains to the courthouse and boating, Ashley’s rich heritage and agricultural background are displayed prominently in this artist’s rendition of the community.


You’ll always get a wave from the friendly folks in Ellendale, the “Gateway to North Dakota,” located on the historic American Legion Highway, U.S. Hwy. 281, five miles north of the North/South Dakota border. When you visit Ellendale, you will be in the best of the region’s hunting areas. In addition, because Ellendale is located along the divide between the Eastern and Western flyways, you will see over 100 types of birds in this region. The city also offers golfing, swimming, bowling, athletic fields, several parks, a library, many churches and a museum as well as snowmobiling and fishing. Both the Dickey County Courthouse and Ellendale Opera House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Local volunteers will soon add a walking trail that will encircle the city. Trinity Bible College, a four-year school, welcomes visitors to their new student life center. There is always something going on in Ellendale. Annual events in-

clude AppleFest, the Fabric & Fiber Festival, the Festival of Trees, the Parade of Lights, Do and Discover, the Welcome Banquet, Ladies’ Night Out, the Easter Egg Hunt, the Community Rummage Sale, the farmers’ market, the Ellendale Park Board’s Summer Recreation Program, a Christmas wreath auction, business Christmas open houses and the Dickey County Fair. The city welcomes traveling exhibits from the North Dakota Museum of Art and the North Dakota Heritage Center. Whether you’re coming for a day or coming to stay, take a closer look at Ellendale. Please visit our web site, for more information on events and amenities. If you want to make a personal connection, call (701) 349-2916 or (701) 349-3252 or you can e-mail or We’ll be glad to help you!

Fargo - Moorhead

Fargo-Moorhead is one of the friendliest places in America! This is a fun, warm-hearted community of two cities in two states with a population of over 200,000. Fargo-Moorhead is located at the intersection of Interstate Highways I-29 and I-94. Fargo-Moorhead is the home of Bonanzaville, USA, a re-created frontier town and museum that allows visitors to experience a small community of the late 19th century. Nowhere but in Fargo-Moorhead will you find a museum dedicated to baseball great Roger Maris, a Fargo native. Fargo-Moorhead is also home to the Plains Art Museum, the Rourke Art Museum and the historic Comstock House. You might also want to visit the Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County. It documents the history of the region’s Norwegian immigrants who, along with Canadians, Germans and Icelanders, settled much of the area. The museum contains the Hjemkomst, a replica of an ancient Viking ship, which completed a voyage to Norway in 1982. Fargo-Moorhead is also home to a zoo that specializes in rare and endangered species and the Fargo Theatre, a fully restored 1920’s movie theatre. Fargo-Moorhead isn’t entirely about past events. It is the largest shopping destination between Minneapolis / St. Paul and Spokane, WA. With super shopping, a variety of over 350 restaurants, cultural events, museums, and professional and amateur sports make it a great destination for visitors. There’s always a festival or special event going on in Fargo-Moorhead too! Download the Official Visitor Guide for the full scoop on Fargo-Moorhead by visiting their web site at

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Fri. & Sat. Nights • FREE Hot Breakfast • Business Center • FREE Local Calls • Rewards Program • FREE Weekday Manager’s Social • FREE High-Speed Wireless Internet Access • Meeting Space • Mini Water Park, Spa & Exercise Room • In-Room Fridge, Microwave, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer Iron & Board, Desk w/ Data Port

• Go-Karts • Mini Golf • Batting Cages • Bumper Cars • Full Arcade

• Birthd ay Part ies • Corpo rate Eve n ts • Family Reunio n s • NEW 5000 sq. ft., 2 level Laser Tag! • Party Room s Availab 2902 Thunder Road, Fargo, ND 58104 le (701) 282-5151 •


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Happy Hour

Mon. - Fri. 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Sun. - Thurs. 10 p.m. - 12 a.m.

4301 17th Ave. S. • Fargo, ND 58103

(701) 551-0013 •

FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA 1423 35TH ST. S.W. 701-234-9946 800-634-3444

• Free, Hot Home-Style Breakfast • Free WiFi • Heated Indoor Pool • Fitness Center • 701-293-8043

Pioneer Prairie Village & Museum Visit us for history and fun!


1609 19th Ave. N. • Fargo, ND 58102

• Historic Flying Aircraft • Events for Everyone

43 buildings with over 400,000 artifacts 701-282-2822 1351 W. Main Ave. West Fargo, ND 58078

• Free Continental Breakfast • Free Local Phone Calls • Exercise Room • Free WiFi

Summer Hours: Daily 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Winter Hours: Open Weekends 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

4255 23rd Ave. S. • Fargo, ND 58104 701-277-9240

• Happy Hour from 4:30 - 7 • Black Jack & Pull Tabs • Darts & Pool • Drink Specials

877-256-6307 • 1025 38th St. S.W. • Fargo, ND 58103 •


Dakota Magic Casino & Resort

At Dakota Magic, We have over 1,000 reel and video slot machines. Our denominations range from one cent to 25 dollar machines. Join us for Blackjack, Poker, Craps and Roulette! Escape for a stay at our luxurious 157 room, 3 floor hotel. The hotel includes eight two-room suites and some luxury rooms with King-size beds and Jacuzzis in the rooms as well. The Seven Fires Grille offers a full menu from waffles to seven kinds of omelets, pasta, to a ribeye steak dinner. You can also visit our lounge and buffet. The gift shop at Dakota Magic Casino & Resort proudly carries Native American Arts & Crafts made by local tribal artists. Much of the art you will find here is one-of-a-kind. You can buy beadwork, books, music, candles and other special cultural items, which are unique to the Lake Traverse Reservation. Our smoke shop offers discount cigarettes and tobacco. Enjoy the Dakota Winds Golf Course at Dakota Magic Casino & Resort. This 27-hole course will surely test your golf game. Dakota Winds is a versatile course for all levels. It covers 165 acres, covering over 6,950 yards from the back tees and 5,200 yards for the front tees. The course also has four different grasses throughout the entire course - it offers long prairie grass wild flowers, fescue rough, blue-grass fairway tees, and bent grass greens. The terrain can be described as gently rolling prairie links with a number of ponds and creeks to make the course a beautiful landscape overall. With our convenience store and RV parking, you will find everything you could want for a fabulous stay at Dakota Magic! Visit us online at for more information. (see Inside Back Cover)


Welcome to the friendly community of Hankinson, North Dakota! Hankinson is a vital, community-minded town located 60 miles south of Fargo, near the junction of Interstate 29 and Highway 11. We’re a “City on the Grow” because we care enough to make things happen in our community! Recreational opportunities are plentiful in the city of Hankinson and surrounding area. Our centrally-located city park occupies eight city blocks. Newly installed playground equipment graces the area and allows our citizens and visitors a safe place for their children. The park also contains picnic facilities, lighted basketball and tennis courts, a bike path, an outdoor stage, camper hookups (heavy-load capable) and two softball diamonds. Hunting and fishing are very popular in this area. We offer great duck hunting and deer hunting. Our own Lake Elsie offers great fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike, and Perch. Hankinson also has a snowmobile trail and the Sandhills’ Rodeo Club. The community boasts an attractive business climate and is home to over 90 businesses. Several new buildings line Main Street, including the bank, fire hall, and the grocery store. Please take time to explore the community of Hankinson and see for yourself the opportunities that await you here. If you’ve never had the opportunity to experience rural life, Hankinson is a great place to start! Our community always welcomes new businesses and people. To learn more, visit us online at


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Jamestown 811 20th St. S.W. (701) 252-7125

• Free Continental Breakfast • Flat Screen TVs • Business Center • Fridge / Microwave in all Rooms • Indoor Pool & Hot Tub • Smoke-Free Facility Promo Code EB10

Annual week-long family-oriented covered wagon train adventure, history talks, camping & nature lore in Jamestown and the surrounding area in late June. 701-424-3744 • Jamestown, ND

A non-profit, educational organization devoted to the cultural and natural history of bison and the prairie.

Open Year-Round Located off I-94 at Exit 258 Jamestown, ND 1-800-807-1511 Jamestown, ND 800-222-4766

Jamestown, also known as the Buffalo City, is home to three rare albino buffalo and the National Buffalo Museum. Also located close by the buffalo pastures is Dakota Thunder, the world’s largest buffalo monument. He is a 60-ton, 26-foot concrete sculpture that celebrates the proud history of the American Bison. All are located at the Frontier Village, a recreated pioneer town with twentyfour buildings. Admission to all but the museum is free. This, combined with two lakes, thirty miles of hiking and biking trails, 15 family-friendly attractions and year-round festivals offers you a treasure trove of memories-in-the-making for you and your family. We invite you to “Be Part of the Legend” in Jamestown, North Dakota.

Inn & Suites Check In and Check Out Our New Suites and Newly Remodeled Rooms. • Theme Suites • Meeting Rooms • Casino, Gaming & Bar • Pool

(701) 252-0700

Frontier Fort Gift Shop Bar & Grill - General Store - Rv Park Wildlife Museum, Adjacent to Frontier Village, the World’s Largest Buffalo & Three Albino Buffalo I-94, Exit 258, N. to Second Stoplight, E. 6 Blocks

1838 3rd Ave. S.E. • Jamestown, ND 58401

(701) 252-7492 •



National Buffalo Museum


Frontier Village (courtesy Buffalo City Touri

• Complimentary Hot Breakfast • High-Speed Internet • 40” Flat Screen TVs • Accessible Rooms • 24/7 Business Center • Fridges & Microwaves in all Rooms • Medical Stay Rates Available • All Non-Smoking


Have A Good Night Sleep On A Memory Foam Mattress 2627 Hwy. 281 S. • Jamestown, ND (1/4 Mile South of I-94 on Hwy. 281 S.)


2623 Hwy. 281 South • Jamestown, ND 58401

(701) 252-4715

Free SuperStart® Breakfast • Free High-Speed Internet • Business Center • 24/7 Fax & Copy Service • Refrigerator & Microwave • Truck /Trailer/RV Parking 1-800-800-8000 • Pets Allowed w/ Permission • Hunters Welcome

Lakeview Meadow four season resort

• 6 Fully Equipped Luxurious Cabins • Excellent for Summer & Winter Get-A-Ways • Fishing Haven • Hunting Paradise • Family Reunions • Romantic Weekends • Girls Get-A-Ways • Corporate Retreats

(701) 252-5100

8280 31st St. S.E. Jamestown, ND 58401

Valley City

Valley City is right on the Sheyenne River, so the lush landscape combined with the friendly atmosphere makes for an enjoyable time. Medicine Wheel Park has interpretive panels detailing the Indian burial mounds, a walking path and a monument built from local rocks with 28 spokes that represent the lunar cycle in American Indian astronomy. Hike the North Country Scenic Trail paralleling the National Scenic Byway in the Sheyenne River Valley. The National Fish Hatchery is one of two federal fish hatcheries in the state. Valley City has shopping downtown with specialty shops. The Hi-Line Bridge just north of the city is 126 ft. high and is the longest bridge on the once called Northern Pacific Railway. For more visitor information, visit the Rosebud Visitor Center that features a 120-year-old rail coach. In Valley City there are two beautiful golf courses and a swimming pool with a 148 ft. waterslide and children’s play equipment. Visit Fort Ransom 280 Wintershow RD. S.E. State Park for camping, canoeing and hiking in the summer. During the winter, downhill ski or snowmobile the 300 mile, marked Sheyenne Val701-845-5551 ley Snowmobile Trail System. For splendid lake activities, head north 22 800-634-3444 miles to Lake Ashtabula. For more information, contact the Valley City Chamber of Commerce • Free, Hot Home-Style Breakfast and Convention Visitor’s Bureau at (701) 845-1891 or on the web at • Free WiFi • Pool • Fitness Center

valley city, NORTH DAKOTA


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• Open Daily 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. • April 28 - September • Over 200 animals of 70 different species representing 6 continents • Meet Tal, the Orangutan • “Grandpa’s Little Zoo”

wahpeton, NORTH DAKOTA 2029 Two Ten Dr. 701-642-8365 800-634-3444

• Free, Hot Home-Style Breakfast • Free WiFi • Indoor Pool

1004 RJ Hughes Dr. Wahpeton, ND 58075

(701) 642-8709

Points of Interest ashley Mcintosh County Heritage Center

LISBON Lisbon Opera House

carrington Putnam House

valley city Barnes County Historical Museum Historic Bridges Tour – Self-guided tour of Valley City’s bridges. Phone Chamber (701) 845-1891 Medicine Wheel Park – interpretive panels detailing the Indian burial mounds, walking path and a monument. Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway

ellendale Dickey County Courthouse Ellendale Country Club Ellendale Opera House Ellendale Walk Of Fame Pheasant Lake - Boating, Fishing And Bird Watching. Wind Farm - dozens of wind turbines west of town. fargo Fargo Air Museum Fargo Theatre Historical & Cultural Society Of Clay County Plains Art Museum Red River Zoo Yunkers Children’s Museum jamestown Fort Seward & Flags Across America Frontier Village Live Buffalo Herd With Three Albino Bison National Buffalo Museum – non-profit, eduational organization devoted to the cultural and natural history of bison and the prairie. (800) 807-1511 • Stutsman County Memorial Museum The Arts Center – enjoy a performance, join a creative workshop, relax in the art park, learn a new skill or watch artists demonstrate. (701) 251-2496 • Trail Of Louis L’ Amour – self-guided tour. (800) 222-4766 World’s Largest Buffalo Monument

wahpeton Chahinkapa Zoo – over 200 animals & birds of 60 different species, including hands-on education. (701) 642-8709 Ringling Brothers Circus Monument, in Riverside Cemetery south of Wahpeton. west fargo Bonanzaville – Pioneer Prairie Village & Museum, 43 buildings with over 400,000 artifacts. • (701) 282-2822 Red River Valley Fairgrounds

Kathryn Standing Rock State Historical Site – (701) 328-2667 Wadeson Cabin State Historical Site – from Kathryn across the Sheyenne River. (701) 328-2667 kulm Whitestone Hill Battlefield State Historic Site – 18 miles S.E. of Kulm. (701) 396-7731

Talukan the Orangutan ) (courtesy Chahinkapa Zoo •



Wahpeton is sure to fill your vacation needs. The Chahinkapa Park has a swimming pool with a 178 ft. double loop water slide, tennis courts, ball fields, picnic shelters, and playgrounds. Try your swing at the golf course, a unique location with nine holes in North Dakota and nine holes in Minnesota. Wahpeton’s Prairie Rose Spillman is a 1926 antique operating carousel. Exquisitely restored, this gem, is sure to bring smiles to young and old. No vacation is complete without a ride on the Prairie Rose! The Prairie Rose Chapel graces the carousel lawn with its restored country charm. Chahinkapa Zoo - AZA accredited. You will be surprised at what adventure awaits you at Chahinkapa Zoo, home to over 200 animals representing six continents, Tigers, kangaroos, zebras, monkeys, gibbons, river otters, cougars, miniature horses, sheep and more! Phone (701) 642-8709. Wahpeton is also home to Wahpper, the world’s largest catfish! Measuring 40 feet long and weighing over 5,000 pounds, you can’t fit Wahpper in the frying pan, but you can enjoy great fishing and camping at Kidder Recreation Area on the Red River. To learn more, please contact the Wahpeton Breckenridge Area FREE CHILD ADMISSION (with purchase of adult admission) Chamber of Commerce / Visitor Center at toll free (800) 892-6673.

Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitors Centers Ashley • (701) 288-3320 • Ellendale Chamber • (701) 349-4103 • Fargo/Moorhead/West Fargo Chamber • (218) 233-1100 • Fargo-Moorhead CVB • (701) 282-3653 • (800) 235-7654 • Fort Ransom • (701) 973-4811 • Gwinner • (701) 678-2409 • Hankinson • Jamestown Chamber • (701) 252-4830 • Jamestown Tourism • (701) 251-9145 • (800) 222-4766 • Lisbon • (701) 683-5680 • Oakes • (701) 742-3508 • Valley City • (701) 845-1892 • Wahpeton Breckenridge Area Chamber • (701) 642-8744 • (800) 892-6673 • Wishek Association of Commerce • (701) 452-2371 •

Calendar of Events

For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus.


ASHLEY Heritage Center Ice Cream Social PRCA Rodeo & Little Britches Showdeo BARNESVILLE, MN – Potato Days BUFFALO – Wine & Grape Harvest Festival FARGO – Concordia Cobber Feed Island Park Craft Show National Muffler’s “Cruisin’ Broadway” WE Fest - Country Music Festival JAMESTOWN Gear Grinder Mountain Bike Race Pipestem Creek Trail Run Stock Car Races LISBON – Ransom County Fair Sheyenne River Racing (Memorial Day Labor Day) OAKES – Evening In The Park VALLEY CITY – Americana Festival Quilt Show WEST FARGO Chamber Taste of West Fargo Picnic National Night Out Pioneer Days @ Bonanzaville


BRECKENRIDGE – Headwaters Day FARGO / MOORHEAD – Big Iron - Ag Expo Greater Moorhead Days National Muffler’s “Cruisin’ Broadway” Western Minnesota Steam Thresher’s Reunion ellendale – AppleFest FORT RANSOM – Fall Festival Sodbuster Days Turkey Barbeque JAMESTOWN Jamestown Speedway Labor Day Special Medina Fall Festival Stock Car Races Stock Car Stampede VALLEY CITY – Family Bike Tour WEST FARGO Big Iron at Red River Valley Fairgrounds West Fest Days Celebration


FARGO “The Big One” Handcrafted Expo FORT RANSOM Pheasant & Turkey Season Opens JAMESTOWN – Buffalo City Bull-A-Rama LISBON Moonlight Madness (Last Friday) OAKES – Halloween on Main RUTLAND – UFF-DA Day


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FARGO – Holiday Lights Parade North Dakota Ag Show Santa Village FORT RANSOM – Deer Season Opens Sportsman’s Club Banquet & Auction JAMESTOWN – Holiday Dazzle Parade LISBON – Deer Widow’s Weekend Ladies Fall Festival OAKES – Craft & Merchant Fair “The Event” Social VALLEY CITY Christmas In The Valley Celebrations WAHPETON / BRECKENRIDGE Parade of Lights


ellendale – Parade of Lights FARGO – Lindenwood Park Lights North Dakota Ag Show FORT RANSOM – Santa Comes to Town JAMESTOWN – Christmas In The Park LISBON – Holly Jolly Jubilee Hometown Holiday Event VALLEY CITY – Meet Me on Main Christmas Event


FARGO – Boat & Marine Show JAMESTOWN – Winter Ag Expo Winter Wheels Car Show


FARGO – Red River Valley Home & Garden Show FORT RANSOM – Annual Norski Days JAMESTOWN – Cabin Fever Days Sports & Recreation Show


ASHLEY – Dry Lake Fishing Derby FARGO – El Zagalshrine Circus Fargo Film Festival Red River Valley Sportsmen Show JAMESTOWN – Home & Garden Show VALLEY CITY – North Dakota Winter Show


FORT RANSOM – Spring Turkey Season Opens JAMESTOWN – Spring Craft Show


FORT RANSOM – Girl Scout Quilt Bingo Isaac Hoff Benefit Raffle & Horse Show Fun Day Sportsman’s Club Fishing Derby JAMESTOWN – Stock Car Races LISBON – Annual Liq’r Pigz MC Bike Show Sheyenne River Racing (Memorial Day-Labor Day)


ASHLEY – Lake Hoskins Fishing Derby Heritage Center Opens By Appointment ellendale American Cancer Society Relay for Life FARGO – National Muffler’s “Cruisin’ Broadway” Rib Fest & More! Roger Maris Golf Tournament Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival World Of Outlaws FORT RANSOM – Buckout Fort Ransom Bluegrass Festival JAMESTOWN – Ft. Seward Wagon Train Kite Festival Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival RM Stout Offroad Festival Stock Car Races LISBON – Happy Days Celebration Sheyenne River Racing (Memorial Day Labor Day) OAKES – Annual Irrigation Days VALLEY CITY – Dakota Soap Box Derby Rally In The Valley WAHPETON – Blue Goose Day


ASHLEY – Freedom Festival (4) BARNESVILLE, MN – Clay County Fair BRECKENRIDGE – Wilkin County Fair ellendale – Dickey County Fair FARGO – Blues Festival Downtown Street Fair National Muffler’s “Cruisin’ Broadway” Red River Valley Fair Trollwood Performing Arts Production USA Wrestling Tournament FORBES – 4th of July Celebration FORT RANSOM – Fourth of July Parade GTO Cruise Rodeo & Street Dance Sodbusters Days JAMESTOWN Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament Drag Races James River Rodeo Stock Car Races Stutsman County Fair White Cloud’s Birthday Celebration LISBON – Fourth of July Celebration Sheyenne River Racing (Memorial Day Labor Day) PETTIBONE – Old Fashioned Fourth of July WAHPETON / BRECKENRIDGE Crazy Daze WEST FARGO Bonanzaville Fiber Arts Festival

Wylie Park Campground Storybook Land • Go Karts • Mini Golf & More! 1 Mile North Of Aberdeen On U.S. 281 Aberdeen, SD 57401

(888) 326-9693


Frontier Fort RV Park

All Hook-Ups • Bath House • Laundromat • Pull Thrus • Bar N Grill • Gift Shop • Adjacent To Frontier Village Albino Buffalo • Rates $16-$24

I-94 - 281, Exit 258 – N. to second stoplight Right on Louis Lamour St. – 6 blocks on your right

(701) 252-7492


Countryside Campground & Motel

I-29 Exit 62 • 47073 U.S. Highway 18 • Lennox, SD 57039 • (605) 372-4166 • (605) 929-6007

• Open 24 Hours • Parking Area for Any Sized Vehicle • Huge Campground • Over 30 Drive-Thru Spaces • Convenience Store • Hotel w/ Cable Tv, Clean & Quiet Rooms


Beulah Bay Campground Located On The Beautiful South Shore Of Lake Sakakawea

100 Electric Sites • 25 w/ Full Hook-Ups Beulah, ND • 3 Primitive Cabins • 1 Full Hook-Up RV Rental (701) 873-5852 •

~ Medora ~ Red Trail Campground Free WiFi • Open May 15 - September 30 P.O. Box 367 • Medora, ND 58645

(800) 621-4317 • (701) 623-4317

~ White Lake ~ Siding 36 Motel & RV Park • 35 New Full Hook-Ups • Pull-Thru RV Spaces • Free WiFi • C-Store • Laundry Facility • Easy Access South Side of I-90 at Exit 296

1500 S. Main St. • White Lake, SD 57383 (605) 249-2295 • •



Dakotas RV Parks & Campgrounds

Welcome to the Great State of South Dakota!

Welcome to the great state of South Dakota, home of Mount Rushmore and much of America’s western history. If you are looking for a wide range of natural beauty, history lessons you’ll never forget and many types of adventures, South Dakota offers you the best… a vacation of a lifetime. You just may need to come back time and time again. Mount Rushmore National Monument, the Black Hills (and the famous gold), The Badlands, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, “Little House on the Prairie” and Lewis and Clark are just a few familiar names you will encounter as you make your way across the vast plains and through magnificent mountain passes. Visiting South Dakota is a once in a lifetime experience that will educate you beyond the books and thrill your soul seeking, first hand. The sacred land of the great Sioux Nation will take your breath away while looking up at the faces of four great presidents and feel the full impact of what the explorers and settlers must have experienced as they made their way to a new life. South Dakota boasts the friendliest people which inhabit a total of 77,047 sq. miles. South Dakota is bounded on the north by North Dakota, on the east by Minnesota and Iowa, on the south by Nebraska and on the west by Wyoming and Montana. The southwestern region of the state features the historical and breathtaking Black Hills, which has elevations ranging from approximately 3,500 feet to 7,242 feet above sea level. The central and northwestern regions of the state feature the Great Plains with rolling hills and magnificent formations and a large array of wildlife. In the eastern region of the state, you’ll be traveling through prairie plains, the home of bison, mountain goats, elk, white-tailed deer, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs. You will find State Parks, National Forests, glacial lakes, vast prairies and recreation areas throughout the entire state. Follow the path of Lewis and Clark and discover the great Sioux Nation, learning about their history, heritage and colorful art. Festivals, celebrations and rodeos are held throughout the state commemorating South Dakota’s colorful history. The four seasons provide a variety of outdoor activities from outstanding ski and snowmobile areas to abundant recreation areas for fishing, hunting, hiking, camping and boating. Many destination resorts throughout the state feature golf, tennis and swimming. Some of the best food in the country is found in South Dakota. Enjoy gourmet dining or honest home-cooking and don’t forget to try an Indian Taco. Pierre, South Dakota is the state capital and is located on the Missouri River in the center of the state where the Mountain and Central time zones meet. Other major cities in South Dakota are: Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, Brookings, Huron, Watertown and Yankton. The two major airports are in Rapid City and Sioux Falls however, the other cities have air service as well. Traveling by car, I-90 runs east-west and I-29 runs north-south. You’ll find that South Dakota’s many roadways throughout the state and off of the Interstate are excellent.

Traveling Safety Tips • Whether you’re going 50 miles or 5,000 miles, always leave an itinerary with someone you know well and trust. • If you are traveling by car or RV, always service / inspect your vehicle or have it inspected by a qualified mechanic. Don’t get stuck needing repairs or maintenance while on the road. At a minimum this inspection should include: • Engine fluids • Overall running and operational condition • Transmission and drive train operation and fluid levels • Tire tread, wear, and air pressure, Don’t forget the spare • Lights and signals • Horn • Windshield wipers • Glass and mirrors • Take a list of any medications you are taking, and your physicians contact information • Don’t forget allergy medications, and if you wear medical bracelets or necklaces, put them on • Cell phone and charger • Phone number list or phone book • Always have a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle when traveling. At a minimum this should include: • Flashlight • Basic tools • Jumper cables • High-visibility vest • Tire chains in the winter • Reflective triangles or flares (Flares can be dangerous, and cause fires) • Gloves • Blanket • Always carry a First Aid Kit. • Carry a 2 ½ lb. or larger fire extinguisher (ABC Classification) and know how to use it • Your clothing should be appropriate for the weather conditions. If you’re traveling in adverse weather conditions, be prepared for the worst case scenario. • Have a detailed map • Travel with your lights on • Always wear your safety restraints, and make sure your passengers do as well If you should breakdown • Get off the road, as far as the road’s edge and safety permits • Turn on your four-way flashers • It’s usually safest to remain in your vehicle. If you must get out, stay back, away from the shoulder of the road and the traffic • Wear your high-visibility vest when changing tires, and have a flashlight on to make you more visible at night • Put out the reflective triangle Have a safe trip! ~ Safejary


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Welcome to South Dakota State Facts

Nickname: Mount Rushmore State State Motto: “Great Faces, Great Places” Area: 77,047 sq. miles Population: 814,180 Capital: Pierre State Gemstone: Fairburn Agate State Tree: Black Hills Spruce State Flower: America Pasque State Bird: Chinese Ring-Necked Pheasant State Animal: Coyote State Fish: Walleye State Insect: Honey Bee State Mineral: Rose Quartz State Fossil: Triceratops State Jewelry: Black Hills Gold Time Zones: South Dakota observes both Central and Mountain times. The dividing line runs north-south roughly down the center of the state. Highways: I-90 runs east-west across the state. I-29 runs north-south. Both offer easy access to the state. Air Service: South Dakota has two major airports. Rapid City Regional and Sioux Falls Regional. Other cities offering air service include Aberdeen, Brookings, Huron, Pierre, Watertown and Yankton. SD State Flag


Bridalveil Falls (photo courtesy South Dakota Tourism)

Honey Bee

SD Quarter Back

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The Native American Scenic Byway

The Native American Scenic Byway stretches across the expansive tallgrass plains of the Sioux people, who preserve the history of the shaping of the American West. As you pass through the green-gold hills of this byway, its many memorial markers, monuments, museums, and sacred sites commemorate the heritage of the Sioux Nation and help you hear history from the Native American point of view. The byway crosses the reservations of four tribes of Lakota Sioux: Crow Creek, Lower Brule, Cheyenne River, and Standing Rock. Near the Crow Creek Reservation, the Akta Lakota Museum in Chamberlain offers hands-on exhibits and authentic Sioux handicrafts, including the intricate weaving of colored porcupine quills. In the town of Lower Brule, the Big Bend Dam allows you access to Lake Sharpe, the reservoir that stretches between the Lower Brule and Crow Creek Reservations. Cruise the waters, go on a fishing expedition, or relax at the lakeside. (photo courtesy South Dakota Dept. of Tourism) Further up the byway is Lake Oahe, another popular water recreation spot. It stretches over the border into North Dakota, forming the eastern boundary of the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Reservations. Several sites along the byway preserve the heritage of the Sioux Nation. Upon entering the Cheyenne River Reservation, pull out and read signs detailing the tragic history of the Cheyenne River Valley. These riverside plains were the home of Chief Big Foot’s tribe, and the site of the Massacre at Wounded Knee when tensions exploded between the tribe and the U.S. Army. The Sioux today hold Memorial Rides, horseback tours of this and other sites in remembrance of their ancestors and the heritage they stood for. The Standing Rock Reservation is also the final resting place of Sitting Bull, one of the most famous chiefs of the Sioux. Named Tatanka-Iyotanka, which describes a sitting buffalo bull, Sitting Bull was just as immovable in defense of his people. As tensions with American soldiers escalated over their desire to mine gold in the sacred Black Hills, Sitting Bull persistently maintained his people’s Prairie Chicken (photo courtesy South Dakota Dept. of Tourism) rights to the land. After surviving battles, exile, and servitude, he was killed in a misunderstanding over a ritual dance. The byway passes near his burial site in Fort Yates. The Native American Scenic Byway not only lets you experience the rolling plains of South Dakota, but also gives insight into the ancient culture of the Native American: their traditions, their history, their way of life. ~ article courtesy National Scenic Byway Program

Native American Scenic Byway Information

Length: 101 miles Time to allow: 2 ½ hours States it runs through: South Dakota Cities it runs through: Pierre, Fort Thompson, Chamberlain, Oacoma Considerations: Because most tourist traffic occurs during the summer months, several of the interpretive sites (those with trained staff and living-history interpreters) are closed during the off-season. The speed limit along the Native American Scenic Byway is 55 mph, and gasoline is available in Oacoma, Chamberlain, Fort Thompson, and Fort Pierre.


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South Dakota Golf Association 605-338-7499 • 800-577-SDGA

700 E Hwy. 38 • Hartford, SD 57033 605-528-6122

Lessons • Clubhouse • Pro Shop

Chamberlain Country Club

• Pro Shop • Restaurant • Cocktails • Golf Clubs & Cart Rentals • Driving Range & Putting Green • Open 7 Days A Week 8 a.m. - Dusk Call For Tee-Times (605)


Championship 18-Hole Course Clubhouse with Bar & Grill Pro Shop • Practice Range 605-717-GOLF 120 Spearfish Canyon Rd. Spearfish, SD 57783

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Badlands National Park

As a visitor to the Badlands National Park, you’ll want to see this most incredible area by taking this scenic byway. From the town of Wall, you will take exits 110 or 131 off I-90 to Highway 240 which maneuvers through the 32 mile loop. This trip will be an experience never to be forgotten and the scenic splendor is most spectacular when the shadows in the early morning or evening define all the forms in the landscape. The Badlands, which gained National Park status in 1939, got its name in the 1800s from the Sioux Indians and French fur traders who thought that this area was bad and totally worthless. From the desolate prairie grasses that seems to go on forever, you’ll enter the gateway to Badlands National Park. Stop at a scenic outlook, get out of your car and within minutes, the view of the colorful spires and pinnacles, massive buttes and deep gorges will take your breath away. Imagine seeing this area through the eyes of the first travelers. Crossing this inhospitable landscape must have seemed impossible, like they had reached the end of the journey, never to be able to cross through this land. The roadway that you’ll travel goes through the same passes which those brave people finally found. In addition to the immensely moving experience you’ll want to capture

on film, the region’s wildlife is waiting to delight you. Look to the sky for eagles and turkey vultures. On the upper grasslands, deer and antelope are visible from the highway. Bison are usually seen in the basin. As you drive along Sage Creek Road on the western end of the park, you’ll run into the largest prairie dog encampment you’ve ever seen. According to historians, the world’s fossil beds of animals from the Oligocene Epoch of the Age of Mammals are preserved in the Badlands National Park. The ancestors of many animals of today, saber-toothed cats, miniature camels and horses and gigantic rhinoceros-like beasts lived in this region about 30 million years ago. You will be able to see standing exhibits of these unbelievable beasts at the Cedar Pass Visitor Center. The Visitor Center also features an information center, an audiovisual program, an exhibit room and a room where you can actually touch some of these historical fossils. Many great accommodations await your visit. The friendly people will make your tour of the Badlands a great experience and don’t forget to order an Indian Taco! For more information, contact the Wall Badlands Area Chamber of Commerce at (888) 852-9255, or e-mail: wallchamber@ Badlands Sunrise (photo courtesy Matthew Paulson)

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Belle Fourche offers nearly a dozen lodging establishments including motels and full-facility campgrounds. A large variety of dining choices are available in Belle Fourche from fine dining, ethnic and home-cooked meals to fast foods for travelers on the go. The area community center has many fun features for your stay in Belle Fourche. Enjoy the indoor swimming pool, waterslide, racquetball courts, indoor track, gymnasium and fitness room. For the outdoor enthusiasts, Belle Fourche has a nine-hole disc golf course, a five mile bike/walk path, softball and soccer fields, tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course, rodeo arena and lovely parks throughout the town. Art galleries, historic downtown scenery, local winery, parrot sanctuary and museums will keep you busy for hours. There are several events you won’t want to miss while visiting Belle Fourche. During the second week of June, Belle Fourche rolls out the red carpet for collectible car and truck owners who gather from all corners of the nation for an exciting car rally. The first weekend in July will be the 94th Annual Black Hills Roundup, a 3-day PRCA rodeo which will give you the thrill of the old west. Fireworks, parade and midway carnival provide great family fun. There’s always something to do in Belle Fourche! For more information, call the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce at (605) 892-2676 or log onto


Geographic Center of the Nation Monument, Belle Fourche (courtesy J. Stephen Conn)

Belle Fourche

Located 58 miles northwest of Rapid City. Belle Fourche is located in the “center of the nation” and known as the northern gateway to the Black Hills at the fork of the Belle Fourche and Redwater Rivers. Belle Fourche is home to the Center of the Nation Monument and Visitor Center, Tri-State Museum and the Historic Johnny Spaulding Cabin. This western community is located near the popular fishing and water sport haven, Orman Dam. Orman Dam, at the Belle Fourche Reservoir and Rocky Point State Park is a favorite recreation area for boating, camping and fishing for Walleye.

Located on State Hwy. 20. Bison is a small friendly prairie town with an interesting history and well worth the stop. Bison was named for the thousands of Buffalo that roamed this prairie long before the area was settled. The area around Bison was the home of dinosaurs about 60 million years ago. Expeditions have discovered footprints of gigantic creatures, including many three-toed prints, one measuring 31 inches wide. The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology uncovered tracks of the Tyrannosaurus, a 20 ton prehistoric dinosaur estimated to have been 20 feet high, 40 feet long and having a 20 foot tail. Ask in town for directions to the “Petrified Tree”, claimed to be the largest recorded mass of petrified wood in one place in the world. The tree, buried in a hill, has been uncovered to stand 75 feet thus far and there is more still covered in the hill. The diameter at the base is two feet and you’ll see several large knots where limbs once grew and rings which indicate the growth of the tree. Bison is the home of the only maintained/covered original sod house in SD – The Anna Carr Soddy, built in 1907. It was the first post office in Bison and home to the homesteaders who founded Bison. There is also a museum of natural and historical items right next door. Both are open from 1 - 6 p.m. Tuesdays - Thursdays for tours. Bison is located between Meadow and Prairie City (two small prairie towns with services) on State Highway 20 in the Northwest corner of this region. Bison is the county seat of Perkins County.

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Black Hawk

Located northwest of Rapid City off U.S. Highway 14. Hidden just a short distance from Rapid City and off the main highway is Black Hawk, a small town on Black Hawk Creek. You will find food, convenience stores, a gas station and souvenirs. Folks in town can give you maps and directions to locate the many sightseeing adventures in this area. For the history buff, a visit to the Black Hawk area is a must. On the road, where U.S. 14 crosses, is a marker indicating that you are on the trail Custer made as he was returning to Ft. Abraham Lincoln in North Dakota in 1874. Also, near the highway is a reproduction of the Sidney Stockade, a very important stage station on the old Sidney-Deadwood and PierreDeadwood stagelines during the gold rush days. This was the first station north of Rapid City. Continuing on this road, you’ll find the Stage Barn Caverns. There is an admission fee for the guided tour of these caverns which takes approximately one hour. Inside the caverns, the heights vary from only a few feet high to 20 feet. The walls are covered with calcite crystals, and the cave has both stalactites and stalagmites and is considered “alive” because its features are still in the process of formation.


“Northern gateway to the Land of Infinite Variety where western hospitality is not a slogan, but a way of life.” Harding County, the extreme northwestern county of SD, has an area of 2,682 square miles. It is almost square, being approx. 54 by 51 miles. The greater part of the county is rolling prairie, but there are also numerous high rocky buttes and mesas. Buffalo is the county seat of Harding County, with a population of approximately 400 friendly people. The county population is about 1,250. Other small towns in Harding County include Camp Crook, Ludlow, Reva and Redig where you can obtain food and gas. Buffalo also has several business establishments, a motel and the area is served by the county’s only newspaper, the Nation’s Center News. Tourist attractions in the surrounding Buffalo area include a number of scenic natural attractions, with rugged pine clad hills rising abruptly from the prairie. Most of these places are easily accessible and local inquiry may provide side trips well worthwhile to travelers. The most important are the North and South Cave Hills in the north, the East and West Short Pine Hills in the southwest, and the Slim Buttes in the east. These hills are timbered with ponderosa pine and cedar and contain many springs. Canyons are timbered with deciduous trees. Several camping and picnic spots are maintained in the Custer National Forests of these areas, for the use of the public. Gardner Lake, which is five miles west of Buffalo, is the largest of the artificial lakes and dams. Game, Fish and Parks has stocked various lakes with bass, walleye, perch and blue gills to provide fishing. The rugged Jump-Off Badlands area 12 miles southwest of Buffalo may be reached easily from Highway 20 and is similar to the South Dakota Badlands.

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Located on U.S. Hwy. 385 southwest of Rapid City. The community of Custer is the oldest town in the Black Hills and offers visitors more than a hundred years of history and access to world famous sites. It was George Armstrong Custer, the town’s namesake, who led the first army expedition into the area and discovered gold in French Creek. Custer originally became a U.S. Army outpost, established to keep the gold seekers out of the American Indian Territory known as the Black Hills. As miners persisted in their quest, the town of Custer was laid out and it soon grew to a population of 6,000. Custer established its own form of government complete with a sheriff and a judge. Soon an assay office was opened and along came saw mills, six general stores, two bakeries, a hotel and over 300 homes. Custer is now a full-fledged modern city and in addition to history lessons, artifacts and tours, it has beautiful homes, offices, comfortable motels, fine restaurants and excellent shopping opportunities. Four miles north of Custer is the famed Crazy Horse Memorial mountain carving similar to Mount Rushmore. This memorial honors the Lakota Sioux warrior, who engineered Custer’s defeat at the Little Bighorn. You will find many recreational opportunities in and around Custer. For the fisherman, the mountain streams, rivers and lakes are plentiful with trout, perch and bass. Other outdoor recreational activities include hiking, biking, golf, picnic areas, trail rides, tennis, swimming, boating, camping and in wintertime, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Close by is the renowned recreation area, Custer State Park. For more information on Custer, contact the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce, at (800) 992-9818. Website:

Custer State Park

Custer State Park covers 73,000 acres of playground for the traveler in the Black Hills. The Park is named for Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, the infamous “Long Hair,” as he was known by the American Indians. Custer led the first military expedition into the Black Hills and reported that the hills were full of gold. He also led his men into defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Although there are many historical sites, museums, artifacts and stories about Custer, the State Park bearing his name is also a paradise for vacationers who love the outdoor activities accessible in this magnificent land. This is where you can see the Bison in all their glory. The Buffalo Safari Jeep Tour will take you from the State Game Lodge into the backcountry to see the Park’s 1,400 bison. If you are visiting during late September or early October, the Buffalo Roundup is open to the public. Cowboys on horseback (assisted by rangers in pickup trucks) corral the park’s herd so they can be branded, vaccinated and the excess sorted for a November auction. If hiking is your passion, try the 7,242 foot Harney Peak. The path cuts through untouched wilderness, so don’t be alarmed if you find yourself accompanied by any number of wildlife buddies along the way. As you near the top, you might see many mountain goats. If that is more strenuous than what you like, Park rangers lead guided nature walks and evening campfire programs. Camp in one of seven scenic campgrounds located within the Park. All have showers, however no hookups are available. Horseback riding is popular in Custer State Park. Trail rides which provide horses and guides are available throughout the summer or bring your own. The park also has four beautiful lodges, each with its own theme, from historic to western. When you rest from all the outdoor activities, you can add a touch of culture by attending the Black Hills Playhouse, nestled in the middle of the Park. They present professional theater throughout the summer. For more information, contact Custer State Park Visitor Center at (605) 255-4464. A Park entrance fee is required year-round. •



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A Cultural Education Destination Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota’s southern Black Hills is one of the West’s most notable destinations. More than one million visitors annually find that this cultural education project fuses nature, history, dreams and artistic endeavor. In 2011, NBC Today and Rand McNally-USA Today travel correspondents tabbed Crazy Horse among the country’s most patriotic spots. Lakota leaders invited Korczak Ziolkowski, a New York World’s Fair prizewinning sculptor, to create the Memorial. To honor all American Indians, the elders chose the symbolic representation of famed Battle of Little Bighorn leader Crazy Horse to proclaim “the red man has great heroes also.” From the viewing deck less than a mile away, visitors can hear and see the drilling and bulldozing, and even feel the regular explosive blasts. Mountain carvers are shaping the world’s largest sculpture, (641 feet long and 563 feet high), and this season will start detailing Crazy Horse’s hand extended toward his ancestral lands. Guided bus tours to the foot of the mountain are available. For more information, call Crazy Horse Memorial at (605) 673-4681, e-mail: or visit Crazy Horse is open every day all year and is on Crazy Horse Memorial Highway, U.S. 16/385 between Hill City and Custer. (see Inside Front Cover)

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In historic Deadwood, you can almost feel the presence of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. These two wild-west legends made Deadwood their own during the early gold rush days of the late 1800s. Located just 15-minutes off I-90 and 12 miles into the serene beauty of the Black Hills, Deadwood is nestled in a rugged, tree lined gulch. The entire city is a National Historic Landmark. You will have an adventure when you go back in time and take a self-guided walking tour. Follow the tour map and great stories (your copy is waiting for you at the History and Information Center, downtown) and you will see the results of the largest historic restoration project in the nation. The restored buildings and brick-paved streets were paid for, in part, by the legalized limited-stakes gambling which started in Deadwood in 1989. There are a number of gaming halls in Deadwood, each one unique in décor and buzzing with history. Slots and table games await the modern day gambler. Annual events help keep Deadwood’s reputation as the wild - and fun - west. Events like Wild Bill Days in June, Kool Deadwood Nites in August, and Deadwood-style Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day and Oktoberfest celebrations all add to the ambience. The annual “Days of ‘76” is world famous. For five days, you can live the re-creation of the boisterous, glamorous early days of the gold rush and wild days and nights. The highlight of the celebration comes with the rodeo and parades and the evening performance of the Minor’s Court trial of Jack McCall, who shot and killed Wild Bill Hickok, but was acquitted. McCall was later found guilty and hung in Yankton. High above the gulch, you can visit Mount Moriah Cemetery, the final resting place of Wild Bill Hickok and the notorious Calamity Jane. Learn about Deadwood’s past at the Adams Museum and other attractions city-wide. Choose from a variety of accommodations, including campgrounds within the Black Hills, and historic hotels. Enjoy an abundance of great restaurants and entertainment. To learn more, call the Deadwood Area Chamber of Commerce / Visitor’s Bureau toll free at (800) 999-1876 or visit us online at


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Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park (photo courtesy Matthew Paulson)


Visit Faith, South Dakota “Home of the Friendly West” Faith has been called the “Prairie Oasis” because it is 100 miles west of the Missouri River, 100 miles north of I-90 and 100 miles east of Belle Fourche and 70 miles south of Lemmon on the North Dakota State Line. U.S. Highway 212 and SD Highway 73 intersect at Faith. The area is served by one of the most modern airports for a community of its size in South Dakota. Faith’s seemingly remote, rural location is actually an advantage for business and commerce. Founded in 1910, Faith was the last stop on the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. Named for one of the railroad executive’s daughter, it soon became one of the main commercial hubs for local farmers and ranchers. Today a museum and information center, located on Hwy. 212 on the east side of town, is home to railroad history, fossils and local memorabilia. Recent history includes the discovery of the most famous T-Rex, Sue. Sue an 86 million year old tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur, was found northeast of Faith in the fall of 1990. The largest and best preserved T-Rex is now at home in the Chicago’s Field Museum, but a travelling replica of Sue came home to Faith and was on display during the summer of 2008. Faith is also known for a teenage T-Rex named Bucky. Bucky was discovered north of Faith by Bucky Derflinger, a local rancher, in 1998. The original fossil is on display at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana. You can still visit fossil digs located in the Faith area. Every August, Faith hosts one of the best and well known rodeos in South Dakota. The Faith Stock Show and Rodeo takes place the second weekend of August, where some of the top rodeo cowboys compete for top prizes. The Stock Show and Rodeo brings people home for reunions, to visit friends, or just to get a little taste of the Wild West. If you’ve been to Faith, chances are you’ve been there to hunt. Whether it is antelope hunting, deer hunting or prairie dog hunting, Faith is the center of all hunting possibilities. For more information, visit City of Faith website: or call the Faith Information Center at (605) 967-2001.


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Located on U.S. Highway 16 & Highway 385. Hill City is centrally located in the “heart” of the Black Hills. The second town to be built in the Black Hills, this friendly, authentic town was established in 1876. Today, you can find an abundance of unique gift shops, restaurants and small town cafes, museums, antique stores, art galleries and wineries. Take a ride through the hills on the 1880 Train. Lodging in Hill City ranges from hotels, cozy bed and breakfasts and ranch life to campgrounds. Hill City and the surrounding area offer activities to suit everyone yearround. Called the “Heart of the Hills”, Hill City’s central location allows visitors easy access to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, Needles Highway, Harney Peak and the beautiful surrounding areas. Tour some of the finest caves in the world or grab a pole and discover some of the best fishing in the many clear mountain streams and lakes, or in the winter, try your hand at ice fishing. Experience, close up, the spectacular mountain forests on horseback or on foot. The George S. Mickelson Recreational Trail is a walkway and bikeway that follows an old railroad system. The entire trail features many beautiful passages through old growth forest tracts of the Black Hills National Forest. Outfitters and guides are available for hunting in the wilderness. For a truly fun and memorable vacation for everyone, take a trip to Hill City. For more information, contact the Hill City Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 888-1798, or check out their website at www.

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Hot Springs

Located at the junction of U.S. Highways 385/18. Hot Springs was named one of America’s Distinctive Destinations in 2009 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP). The NTHP selected Hot Springs because it is a community that offers cultural and recreational experiences that are different from the typical vacation destination. With a dynamic downtown filled with stunning sandstone buildings, the NTHP noted that Hot Springs boasts a richness of character and exudes an authentic sense of place. Located in the southern tip of the Black Hills National Forest and just south of Wind Cave National Park, Hot Springs boasts of the historic natural mineral waters that first attracted the Sioux and Cheyenne tribes years prior to the arrival of the first settlers. The natural springs, which are about 87 degrees, still draw visitors today. Enjoy the mineral water year-round at Evans Plunge, which originally opened in 1890 and is one of Black Hills’ oldest tourist attractions. Join the locals at the Kidney Springs Gazebo in the downtown area to fill up a jug of warm mineral water. Bring the camera and head for the Mammoth Site on the Highway 18 Truck Bypass. This is a must during your visit to Hot Springs. This is an ancient sinkhole where the bones of at least 58 Columbian and Wooly Mammoths have been discovered along with remains of 27 other Ice Age animal species. Excavation continues today. Take the guided tour and learn more. Surrounding this charming community is an abundance of natural scenic beauty, wildlife, golf and other outdoor activities centered at the Angostura Reservoir. Located just south of Hot Springs is the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary which is home to Native American cultural sites, movie sets and over 500 wild mustangs roaming their natural habitat. Hot Springs has first class hotels and bed and breakfast inns with more than 450 rooms available, restaurants and downtown shopping. A Freedom Trail walking path will take you on a beautiful walk along the Fall River, where you will enjoy seeing wildlife and historic sandstone buildings downtown. Because of the natural warm springs and moderate climate, the river never freezes. For further information, contact Hot Springs Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 325-6991 or visit


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Badlands (courtesy Eldan Goldenberg)


Located 11 miles off I-90, exit 131. Located in the “Heart of the Badlands,” two miles south of the Badlands National Park Headquarters, the small town of Interior is the oldest in the Badlands. Dating back to the late 1800’s, the original town was located along the Big White River. When the railroad came through, Interior was moved one mile west of the river to its present location. In addition to Interior being the Agate capital of the world, it’s also an area for great rock hunting. Wildlife is abundant around Interior, so take out the camera and capture the prairie dogs, deer, antelope, mountain sheep and buffalo. Interior is also the home of the nationally known Wooden Knife Indian Fry Bread. You’ll find all the amenities expected of a large town right here in this friendly small town. Interior offers comfortable motels, nicely kept campgrounds and excellent restaurants. Interior says of itself “I was born of wagons west. The oldest town in the badlands. I’ve known drought and winter’s fierce storm. Three times fire has swept my streets, yet my rodeos were known throughout the North West. Yakima Knute, Stroud, Earl Thode, champions all, have ridden my arenas. The great Jim Thorpe has played my fields. The early music of Lawrence Welk has sounded in my nights. This is a land that bred great Indian Chiefs and mighty warriors. It is a land of neighbors. Welcome, Traveler!” The town of Interior is a must in any vacation plan. For more information, write Town of Interior, P.O. Box 3, Interior, SD 57750.

Located off I-90 (exits 150 & 152) and at junction of State Hwy. 73. Kadoka, the Sioux word meaning “Hole in the Wall” because of its close proximity to the rim of the Badlands wall, is considered the eastern gateway to the Badlands, a mere 20 minutes away. Kadoka is a popular site for Hollywood filmmakers who have filmed several movies in the area including some scenes for “Armageddon” in 1996-1997. In addition to visiting the Badlands National Park while in Kadoka, you’ll also want to go to the Badlands Petrified Gardens and view the petrified trees, prehistoric fossils and learn the history of this area. Kadoka is the headquarters for rockhounds and big and small game hunters. You will also want to plan a trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to capture once-in-a-lifetime photos of the “Basin” area and visit the old train depot.. Take a leisurely ten minute drive south on State Highway 73 for a glimpse of the panorama and majestic beauty of the Badlands from a vantage location, Kodak Point that many visitors miss. Early mornings and late afternoons are the most beautiful time to photograph the Badlands because of the shadow formations. It is also the best time to observe the huge grazing buffalo herds and other wildlife. Kadoka has many fine motels, campgrounds and restaurants which remain open all year. You’ll also find many shopping opportunities including a grocery store, hardware store, fabric and craft store, gift shop and flower shop. Labor Day weekend is the World Championship Races at Kadoka. For more information on this and all things to do and see, contact the Kadoka Community Betterment Association, at (800) 467-9217.


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Keystone Chamber of Commerce

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Best known as “The Home of Mt. Rushmore” and located just two miles from The Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone offers easy access to an endless list of great family attractions. More than three million people a year visit Mount Rushmore. Here are some other must-do attractions while in Keystone . . . Take the free Historic Keystone Walking Tour. This 45-minute self-guided tour through Historic Keystone contains signage showing the locations and historical significance of each site. There are several museums to choose from. The Keystone Historical Museum offers free admission. The Borglum Museum contains a complete depiction of Gutzon Borglum “Sculptor of Mount Rushmore.” National Presidential Wax Museum features Presidents of the past and present in realistic scenes. You can tour Big Thunder Gold Mine and learn about the early mining days in Keystone. Visit Rushmore Cave and explore passageways that lead to spectacular stalactite rooms. Feel your adrenaline rush on the Soaring Eagle Zipline or get lost in the Fun Zone Mirror Maze. Take a ride on the Rushmore Tramway and Alpine Slide for a thrilling adventure. “You’ll be screaming Mulligans” at Holy Terror Mini Golf. For the outdoor enthusiast, there’s plenty of adventure waiting for you at Keystone. Bicyclists, hikers, horseback and trail riders will be taken away with the breathtaking scenery of the Black Elk Wilderness. If hunting or fishing is more your thing, we have that, too. As you can see, Keystone is the ideal place for your family vacation, reunion, honeymoon, meeting or retreat. Located in the City Park, The Keystone Community Center houses City Hall and the Library. The Center has meeting facilities and the City Park offers picnic shelters, tennis courts and a baseball diamond. Keystone combines a large array of lodging, dining and shopping options with the perfect balance of a quaint small town filled with so many attractions you’ll wish you had more time to stay and play . . . in Keystone!


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include works of art, souvenirs and food service. Three buffets are open daily in the dining room and an adjacent snack shop features fast food. At nighttime, Mount Rushmore is truly spectacular. Each evening, year-round, a lighting ceremony takes place in the amphitheater. The dramatic illumination of the four Presidential Faces is a sight you’ll never forget. Huge banks of spotlights go on with the “Star Spangled Banner” playing in the background. Jackets or sweaters are recommended regardless of season because nights in South Dakota can be cool. Fine accommodations and any type dining you desire can be found at or near the Memorial. For more information, phone toll free (800) 456-3345.


Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. Carving of this magnificent mountain started 70 plus years ago. The people of South Dakota had no idea what a phenomenon this undertaking would become. Located two miles from the town of Keystone on Highway 244, America’s Shrine to Democracy, as Mount Rushmore is also known, looms before you and will take your breath away with awe. It is totally impossible to imagine the work, the danger and the innovative spirit needed to create this celebration of “America’s Growth As A Nation”. The visitor’s center brings the history to life at the museum, which displays the works of sculptor, Gutzon Borglum. Here you learn the significance of the creation of Mount Rushmore, the creator, how the idea came to be, and how he overcame objections and physical difficulties to make it all possible. Visiting Mount Rushmore is an experience you can’t fully capture in just a glance. You need to savor all of the patriotic interpretive programs designed and built to outline the purpose, the execution and national significance of the Memorial. When you enter, you will first arrive at the Orientation Center, which serves as the main information facility. Take a stroll along the Avenue of Flags, featuring all state flags. Then, you will arrive at the Grand View Terrace. Personnel of the National Park Service mingle with visitors to answer questions and tell stories about the mountain. The Presidential Trail follows the original roadbed to the base of the mountain, giving visitors views of the Faces. The roadbed was built in 1929 and then closed in 1957. Small viewing terraces provide individual viewing of each presidential face. As you follow the walkway, you will encounter the actual blast fragments at the base of the monument. While visiting the state-of-the art Visitor Center, museum and the amphitheater, you will learn more about Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt. The 39,000 square foot concessions building

Lead Area Chamber of Commerce 160 W. Main Street Lead, SD 57754

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The city of Lead, like all other communities in the Black Hills, owes its existence to Civil War hero General George Armstrong Custer. When his illegal (but government-sanctioned) expedition entered the Black Hills in 1874, he discovered a million-acre emerald oasis teeming with wildlife, creek-carved canyons, and towering pines. But deep within this ancient mountain range, he and his 7th Cavalry soldiers found something else – they found gold. After Eastern newspapers reported the expedition’s findings, thousands of miners, merchants, muleskinners and madams set off across the vast sea of prairie known as the Great Plains. Most of them ended up in the northern Black Hills, where they made their home in the sister cities of Lead and Deadwood. In the spring of 1876, brothers Fred and Moses Manuel, together with two other partners, discovered gold on an outcropping of ore on a rocky ledge. They named their claim Homestake, and the nearby settlement took as a name the mining term for what the men had found – a lead. The next summer, American mining magnate George Hearst bought the mine for the then – handsome price of $70,000. Not a bad deal, considering that the mine produced 40 million ounces of gold valued at over a billion dollars during its lifetime. As hardrock miners and pickaxes gave way to engineers and stamp mills, gold production increased and Lead began to grow. In fact, it grew so quickly that by the time South Dakota became a state in 1889, Lead was its largest city. As a center for culture and recreation, Lead became home to the exquisite 1914 Homestake Opera House, which served not only as a venue for entertainers and motion pictures, but as a home to the town’s indoor swimming pool. Lead’s burgeoning population of professional miners and engineers, which represented ethnicities ranging from English and Scottish to Russian and Italian, reveled in the cultural and technological splendor of their mountain community. But more than a century after the Manual brothers discovered gold flecks in the bottom of their pans, the life of America’s longest continuously operated gold mine came to an end, the victim of a declining world gold market and increased production costs. Today, Lead’s mining history lives on in its historic business district, visitor tours and community celebrations, giving visitors a wealth of opportunities to explore the community’s storied past. The citizens of Lead pride themselves on their alpine community, which they say is the perfect blend of history, culture and natural beauty. Walk downtown, among the gold rush-era brick buildings with pine-clad cliffs on either side, and you’ll be quick to agree. With the peaks of South Dakota’s fable Black Hills all around it, Lead also has a strong tradition of outdoor recreation. A popular in-town retreat is the new Gold Run Park. Built on the site of the former Homestake Gold Mine mill complex, the park is a historical interpretive area with a ¼ mile paved walking trail, restroom facilities and a picnic area. A more rugged terrain of pine forests, mountain prairies and abundant wildlife surrounds you as you travel the 114-mile Mickelson Trail. Once the Burlington Northern rail line from Edgemont to Deadwood, the trail is now dedicated for use by bicycling, hiking and snowmobiling enthusiasts, who can use the Mickelson Trail to connect to over 300 miles of groomed trails throughout the Black Hills. A convenient trailhead is located within Lead city limits across from the city’s high school. The trail is a gateway to dozens of other outdoor activities. Skiing and snowboarding are near the top of the list, since two downhill slopes are located just a couple of miles from Lead’s city limits. But winter enthusiasts aren’t the only people who feel at home in Lead. With the large population of deer, elk, turkey, and other wild game, sportsmen are also attracted to Lead’s thick pine forests. To learn more, contact the Lead Area Chamber of Commerce / Lead Economic Area Development at (605) 584-1100.


Lemmon Country Inn Under New Management • 30 Rooms • Hot Breakfast with Waffles • WiFi • Flat Screen TV • Microwaves & Refrigerators • Huge Parking Lot • Pets Welcome • Non-Smoking

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1 Mile East Of Lemmon On U.S. Hwy. 12

Lemmon, SD, on the Yellowstone Trail – Hwy. 12 is the home of the original “Boss Cowman,” Ed Lemmon. Located in the Grand River and Cedar River National Grasslands amid gently rolling hills, buttes and coulees, it’s a place where you can see forever or think you can. This is the Great Plains, the prairie. Visit the Grand River Museum to discover the rich, cultural, palentological and geographical history of the region. It celebrates Cowboy and Native American artifacts along with dinosaur fossils. The Petrified Wood Park and Museum is a sight you won’t soon forget. Tall man-made towers of ancient stone stand like a testament to men and women who created a castlelike world in the vastness of the prairie. Just 12 miles S. of Lemmon is Shadehill Lake & Reservoir, featuring 110 miles of shoreline. It offers some of the best fishing around. Boating, swimming, picnic areas and modern campsites and cabins make the recreation area a summer treasure. Lemmon offers the ideal spot for upland and big game hunting. It is also “the place to hunt” for pheasants. Lemmon and the surrounding area offer a way of life you can’t find anywhere else. It’s the way of life of the Northern Plains, of the prairie. To learn more, visit the Lemmon Area Chamber online at

Grand River Museum

Lemmon’s Petrified Wood Park, Museum & Gift Shop

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Dakota Lodge

Enjoy spacious rooms at the Dakota Lodge in Lemmon, SD, perfectly situated for easy access to key area attractions and located conveniently on Highway 12. Dakota Lodge provides comfortable accommodations for business and leisure travelers to the area. The hotel offers easy access to the Petrified Wood Park, Lemmon Golf Course, and Shadehill Lake. Each spacious guest room is fully equipped with complimentary high-speed internet access, cable television featuring HBO, coffee maker, iron and ironing board. Every morning, guests of the Dakota Lodge are greeted with a complimentary continental breakfast. After a busy day, visitors to this hotel can enjoy a dip in the indoor pool and whirlpool. Come experience the hospitality and professional service at the Dakota Lodge in Lemmon, South Dakota. We look forward to seeing you!! For more information, please phone (605) 374-7815 or visit us online at (photo courtesy Dakota Lodge)

Highway 12 • Lemmon, SD

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Located off I -90 by taking exit 191 or 192. Murdo is the last community in the Central Time Zone for westbound travelers. Set your clock back and gain an hour going west. If you leave Murdo going east, you’ll lose an hour. As you drive through the rolling bluffs and prairie grass that stretches for miles, you will see an abundant amount of game animals like pheasant, sharptail grouse, antelope, deer and prairie dogs. This is why Murdo is known as a sportsman’s paradise. Fishing in the 1,000 plus lakes, ponds and stock dams is known for some of the best large-mouth Bass in the country. While in town, you have a choice of wonderful accommodations, restaurants, shopping and a museum. Fairburn Agates, South Dakota’s gemstone, will excite the rockhound visitors walking along the White and Bad Rivers. The area is known for marine fossils, calcite crystals and barite crystals. For more information, contact Murdo Chamber of Commerce at (605) 669-3333.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Guests of the “Sicangu Lakota Oyate” will discover rich culture and heritage. The “Sicangu Lakota Oyate” or “Burnt Thigh People” roamed and hunted the Great Plains for centuries. Today, they remain on the beautiful Rosebud Indian Reservation, in the heart of the Great Sioux Nation, also known as “God’s Country,” located in south-central South Dakota. Breathtaking canyons, rolling hills, timberland, colorful community celebrations and seasonal rodeos greet travelers to this area. Mission is the home of Sinte Gleska University, a four-year private American Indian tribal college. It is the largest incorporated community in the county, but is smaller than the unincorporated community of Rosebud, which is the capital of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. It is named for one of the many missions established by religious groups in the late 19th century to assist the Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux). The major market center of the county, it is located at the junction of U.S.-83 and U.S.-18. While you are here, be sure to visit the Niobrara National Scenic River, Ghost Hawk Park, St. Francis Mission and attend the annual Rosebud Fair & Wacipi.

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Rosebud Casino & Quality Inn

Located at the South Dakota / Nebraska State Line on Highway 83. Rosebud Casino & Quality Inn are located in South Central South Dakota nine miles north of Valentine, Nebraska or 22 miles south of Mission, South Dakota on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation, a beautiful area stretching over one million acres. The diversity and beauty of this area is reflected by the people who inhabit the land. The Lakota welcome you to the beautiful homelands of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate. Try the Rosebud Casino for a game of Bingo, Blackjack and Poker or try your luck on the slot machines. While you are visiting the Rosebud area, tour their two museums: Sinte Gleska Cultural Center in the Antelope community in Mission, SD or Buechel Lakota Memorial Museum in St. Francis, SD. Treat yourself to one of the more than 30 wacipis or pow-wows held during the year at the Rosebud and see the beautiful dancers or take in a rodeo for gripping, rough riding entertainment. For the golf enthusiast, golf is available at two nearby locations. Rosebud Casino and Rosebud Quality Inn are tribally owned and operated, offer courteous hospitality, excellent dining, and entertainment of the highest caliber. Spend the night, smell the pines, see the buffalo and hear the coyotes howl. Welcome to the Rosebud. Let the Rosebud Casino entertain you! For more information, phone (605) 378-3800, toll free (800) 786-ROSE or visit us online at (photo courtesy Rosebud Casino & Quality Inn)


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Located at the junction of State Highway 79 and U.S. 212. If you like discovering small friendly towns while on vacation, you will love Newell, the northern gateway to the Black Hills National Forest. Newell puts you in close proximity to all the splendor of the Black Hills, world famous historical sites and remarkable recreation areas. In Newell, you will find new friendships, cafes featuring down-home cooking and supplies for outdoor recreation. If you visit Newell during Labor Day, enjoy the huge celebration featuring a parade, street games, an old time amateur rodeo, evening dance, car and antique tractor show and antique tractor pull. Newell is best known as South Dakota’s largest sheep and lamb raising area and market. Recreation areas close to Newell include fishing for bass, crappie, bluegill, walleye and northerns at many of the dams in the area, especially Orman Dam, Newell Lake and Golf Course Lake. The reservoirs and lakes in the area also provide the opportunity for water-skiing, boating and swimming. Hunters can find pheasant, duck, wild turkey, grouse, antelope and deer. Golfers can enjoy an irrigated nine-hole course with the Black Hills and Bear Butte in the background. Visitors are always welcome. Wanting something different to look at? Visit one of several Buffalo Ranches which are close to Newell. Phone (605) 456-2737, for more information or write to Newell Community Club, P.O. Box 532, Newell, SD 57760.

Pine Ridge

Located off U.S. 18 on the South Dakota / Nebraska border. The village of Pine Ridge is on the nearly 1.8 million acre Pine Ridge Reservation. You will enjoy a visit to the Heritage Center at the Red Cloud Indian School where you will learn about the culture and history of the Lakota people. Built in 1888, Oglala Lakota children are still educated at the school. The Center features artwork and artifacts from the tribes of the northern Great Plains. Guided tours of the campus and the 1888 building are available in the summer season. No admission is charged for the Center. Pine Ridge hosts several events throughout the year, including the Wakpamni Powwow on July 4th. The Oglala Nation Fair and Rodeo is held the first

weekend in August; the Kyle Fair is the third weekend in August and the Porcupine Powwow is on Labor Day Weekend. For a great time, stop in at a casino to try your luck at slots, blackjack and poker. Pine Ridge is truly an exciting experience for the whole family.

Oglala Lakota College Oglala Lakota College (OLC) is a four-year tribal college serving over 1,800 students a semester with nine college centers on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, one on the Cheyenne River Reservation and a center in Rapid City, SD. OLC was officially chartered by the authority of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in 1971. OLC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges. Its mission is to provide educational opportunities that enhance Lakota life. These opportunities include: community services, certificates, GED, associate, bachelor and graduate degrees.

Historical Center

See, hear and feel the history of the Oglala Lakota people from the early 1800s to the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. Open: Mon. thru Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. June thru September, FREE

Lakota Artists Featured Located seven miles southwest of Kyle, SD in the heart of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.


490 Piya Wiconi Road, Kyle, SD 57752 (605) 455-6000 • Fax (605) 455-2787 • Pine Ridge Women (photo courtesy Hamner_Fotos, Flickr)

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• Continental Breakfast • Seasonal Heated Pool • Cable TV w/ HBO • Small Pets Accepted 2401 Mt Rushmore Rd. Rapid City, SD 57701


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Rapid City

Unpack in Rapid City. Unwind in the Black Hills. Nestled in western South Dakota’s Black Hills, Rapid City is surrounded by untouched forests, granite peaks and free-roaming wildlife. Rapid City offers 5,400 hotel rooms with a central location, creating an ideal place to start and end your days touring in the Black Hills. Rapid City is located only minutes from the granite faces of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial, the rugged beauty of the Badlands National Park, and 71,000 acre Custer State Park, with spectacular terrain and wildlife. While in Rapid City enjoy The Journey Museum and take an incredible trek through 2.5 billion years of Black Hills history, visit Downtown to experience the new Main Street Square along with locally owned restaurants, unique shops, such as Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, a mercantile with hand-crafted Indian-made goods, and attractions like Art Alley and The City of Presidents, where visitors walk among life-sized bronze statues of our nation’s past presidents. Rapid City also boasts numerous free attractions, including the Stavkirke Chapel, Museum of Geology, and Storybook Island. Ride the City View Trolley to experience Rapid City’s city tour including many of these unique attractions. For more information, contact the Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-487-3223 or visit us online at www.Visit

St. Joe Antiques Mall

Two floors and 40 dealers featuring everything from fine glasswares to furniture. The largest antique mall in Western South Dakota! Open Monday - Saturday

May - Sept. - 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. • Oct. - April - 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

615 St. Joe • Downtown Rapid City, SD 57701

(605) 341-1073

5542 Meteor St. Rapid City, SD 57703 605-342-7691 888-888-8249

Year-Round Tours in the Black Hills & Badlands of South Dakota • Custom and Private Van Tours • Reunion Planning • Tour Services for Meetings & Conferences • Professional Guides • Motorcoach Services

TeePee Campground & RV Park 605-343-6319 • 2200 Fort Hayes Road • Rapid City, SD 57702

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The Norbeck Loop and Spearfish Canyon


Nature surrounds Spearfish – a picture-perfect, small town nestled in the Northern Black Hills of South Dakota. Visitors of all ages can find endless outdoor recreational opportunities. The enjoyable 22-mile Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway follows Spearfish Creek – a 40-mile mountain stream that carved out the breathtaking Spearfish Canyon – as it winds through the Black Hills National Forest. The Canyon offers locals and visitors some of the best hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing around during the summer. Spearfish Creek provides great trout fishing for anglers. Brook, brown and rainbow trout can also be found while fishing in any of the 14 mountain lakes

located in the Black Hills. In the winter months, miles of groomed and un-groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails in Spearfish Canyon and the Black Hills National Forest are used by winter sport enthusiasts of all levels. Two downhill slopes are only a short drive away. Explore groomed trails in the hills and meadows throughout the Black Hills on snowmobiles. Spearfish is ideally located and within easy driving distance of five national parks and monuments: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Badlands National Park, Devils Tower National Monument, Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument. Custer State Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are within an hour to hour and a half drive. Spearfish is also home to the D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery. Established in 1896, the enormous trout grown here are visible from an underwater viewing area. There are several parks throughout the town. Enjoy a relaxing bike ride along a paved path following the Spearfish Creek. You’ll find that the city of Spearfish has incorporated its history in its classic turn of the century character. Many of its original buildings are done in native sandstone and you’ll also find the Western culture reflected in the shops and restaurants. The third weekend in July, Spearfish offers the Festival in the Park which has more than 300 booths displaying work from regional artisans. Joining the Festival weekend is the Black Hills Corvette Classic, featuring corvettes from around the country, kicking off with a Downtown Show-n-Shine Friday evening. Visitors will find exciting events happening in Spearfish nearly every month of the year.


440 Heritage Dr. • I-90 Exit 14 Spearfish, SD 57783

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In the Southern Hills, the specially designed and engineered highways transcend the ordinary into a sightseeing adventure of wilderness, wildlife and waterfalls unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Get the camera ready because you are in for a treat. The Needles Highway, South Dakota Highway 87; Iron Mountain Road, U.S. Highway 16A; Horse Thief Lake Road, South Dakota Highway 244; and Sylvan Lake Road is the Byway route through the rugged Black Hills. In addition to the famous Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park, your journey will take you past picturesque lakes, towering granite rock formations, tunnels, hair-pin curves, spiral “pigtail” bridges, mile-high overlooks and wildlife encounters. You’ll find the best observation of wildlife at the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve, Black Elk National Wilderness Area and the Custer State Park. There are many areas you’ll want to experience on foot. For instance, many sites for picnics, and areas for rock climbing and hiking. Everywhere you look, you will find great photo opportunities. The Northern Hills is where you’ll find Spearfish Canyon. Hwy. 14A with its thousand foot high white limestone palisades towering to the right and to the left, will take you on a 19 mile gorge tour. Here you will see canyon waterfalls such as Bridal Veil and Roughlock Falls. An additional driving adventure in the Black Hills worth mentioning is Highway 44, also known as Rimrock Highway. This highway winds its way out of Rapid City for 18 miles and is an indirect route to Mt. Rushmore. Also U.S. Highway 385, the longest road in the Black Hills, leads you through the beautiful and historical territory from Deadwood to Hot Springs.

Black Hills National Forest

Surrounded by prairie land, the Black Hills loom before you from elevations of 3,250 to 7,242 feet above sea level and spans 100 miles north / south and 50 miles east / west. The American Indians named this breathtaking territory “Paha Sapa”, which when translated means “the mountains that are black”. Although this famous forest is green with blue spruce and Norway pine, the massive rock ribbed mountains create a very dark green aura and viewed from a distance become blue/black, thus the name Black Hills. We have all read history stories of the Black Hills and heard the names of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Custer and Wild Bill Hickok. Everything and everyone comes alive when you are here. You will find it easy to understand why the American Indians held this area sacred before the arrival of the white man. The entire Black Hills area, at that time, was the country of the Oglala Sioux, the Cheyennes, Arapahos and many other Sioux tribes. It was known as the place of gods and holy mountains. When the American Indians went into the Black Hills, it was to hunt, fish and collect materials for arrowheads and tepee poles. This was the place where warriors went to speak with the Great Spirit and await visions. President Ulysses S. Grant determined that the Black Hills were worthless to the government, and in 1868 decreed that the land of Papa Sapa would belong to the Indian Nations forever. “No white person or persons shall be permitted to settle upon or occupy any portion of the territory, or without consent of the American Indians to pass through the same,” Treaty of 1868. Many trappers, hunters and missionaries went in and out of the Black Hills some with permission, but most without. Soon General George Armstrong Custer, leading the Seventh Cavalry and supply wagons, cut a trail through the sacred mountains that would be forever known as Thieves Trail. It was during this early expedition that gold was discovered. This discovery would forever change the direction of South Dakota history. By 1874, the gold seekers were entering the Black Hills in droves as were cavalry troops, trappers, hunters and settlers. The frantic invasion instilled much anger and frustration among all people. As the gold miners staked claims and settlers took possession of the land, many famous battles ensued. Today, travelers can visit many of the historic battle sites as well as hundreds of natural attractions, historic towns, museums and traditional celebrations designed to commemorate history, all of which will magically transport you back in time. Black Hills, is the home of many attractions you will not want to miss, such as: Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Wind Cave National Forest, Rushmore Cave, Wonderland Cave, Black Hills Cavern, Crystal Cave Park, Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns and Stage Barn Crystal Cave. Depending on the season and your own choice of activities, the Black Hills National Forest will provide the best of all opportunities. Bring your camera to capture incredible scenery and historical sites, enjoy the best skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, camping, rockhounding, golf and tennis. If you have a huge appetite for adventure, the Black Hills will hit the spot. For more information on the Black Hills, visit their website at www.


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Riding to Crazy Horse Memorial (photo courtesy Jimmy Smith)

No Name City RV & Cabins I-90 Exit 34 • Open Year-Round • (605) 347-9169 FREE High-Speed Wireless Internet

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Located off I-90 S.W. of Spearfish. Sturgis, located in western South Dakota is a friendly little town. It has ideal surroundings for walking, hiking and backpacking. A bicycle path has recently been completed approximately five miles following Bear Butte Creek. Hunting opportunities are divided between prairie and range land habitat and the mountainous Black Hills. Wild turkeys, deer, antelope and gamebirds are some of the species hunted. Outfitter and guide services are available. For the fisherman, there are several different species of fish in area waters, trout being the most abundant. It is home to the Ft. Meade Veterans Medical Center, the Black Hills National Cemetery, Bear Butte State Park, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall Of Fame and Old Fort Meade with its museum and Fourth Cavalry Cemetery. Sturgis offers a recreational center complete with an indoor pool, racquetball, volleyball and basketball courts along with a running track and weight room. There is a Performing Arts Theater that hosts many special events. Sturgis also has an outstanding and challenging golf course. The Internationally famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is held during the first full week of August. Thousands of cyclists from all over the world show their skills competing in the hill climb and racing events. The Rally is a seven day event. This is one of South Dakota’s largest tourism events. To learn more, stop in at the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau or phone (605) 347-2556 and they will be happy to assist you or answer any questions you may have. Visit our website at


Window To The West Located off I-90. Take Exits 109 and 110. Perched high on the edge of sunbathed cliffs, Wall takes its name from rugged ramparts that form the north rim of the Badlands. Badlands National Park is a region of chiseled spires, ragged ridges and canyons. The Badlands Loop Scenic Byway takes in Badlands National Park’s spectacular overlooks. From Interstate 90, take Exit 131, where Badlands Loop Scenic Byway (S.D. Highway 240) takes you through the Park and directly into Wall at I-90 Exit 110. Encompassing Badlands National Park is Buffalo Gap National Grassland, continuing the diversity of wildlife and recreational opportunities. The National Grasslands Visitor Center in Wall, is open year-round. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site tours interpret how the area participated in the defense of the U.S. during the Cold War. Wall is home to the famous Wall Drug Store with a museum-quality collection of western art. The store survived the Depression by offering free ice water to thirsty travelers.

Wall offers many activities, motel rooms for 2,000 overnight guests, campgrounds, Bed & Breakfasts, restaurants, museums, auto services, and is a major stopover for travelers on I-90. Great Western hospitality… it’s been here all the time. To learn more, contact the Wall-Badlands Area Chamber toll free at (888) 852-9255 or visit us online at

Wounded Knee

Located off Hwy. 18. Wounded Knee is on Bureau of Indian Affairs Highway, a few miles northeast of the Pine Ridge Reservation. This is a historical adventure you should not miss while visiting South Dakota. Wounded Knee is the site of the last major conflict between the whites and the Indians on December 29, 1890. The battlefield today stands quiet, but an eerie reminder of the more than 300 Lakota Indians that were killed by army troops. The monument and cement curbing indicate a common grave in which the bodies of the slain American Indians, men, women and children alike, were buried.

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Wall Drug Jackalope (photo courtesy Mykl Roventine) Wounded Knee Memorial (courtesy

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Points of Interest BELLE FOURCHE Center of the Nation Monument – on U.S. Hwy. 85 north of SD Hwy. 34 and south of the Belle Fourche River and U.S. Hwy. 212. (605) 892-2676 Parrot Sanctuary – Non-profit sanctuary open to the public, housing many species not seen outside of zoos specializing in aviculture. (605) 892-2336 beresford Union Grove State Park – From junction of SR 46 & I-29, south 11 miles on I-29 to exit 38, then south two miles. Entrance fee required. Good paved interior roads. Pets on leashes only. Fourteen day maximum stay. Restrooms and showers, public phone, firewood and equestrian area. (605) 987-2263 custer Crazy Horse Memorial – Four miles north of Custer and ten miles south of Hill City on U.S. 16/385, represents the North American Indians of all tribes. (605) 673-4681 Custer County 1881 Courthouse Museum Harney Park – Eight miles northeast of Custer near junction SR’s 89 and 87, a 7,242 foot summit in the center of the Black Elk Wilderness, is the highest point in the Black Hills and affords a panorama of the countryside of four states. The peak can be reached by hiking trails from Sylvan Lake. (605) 673-9200 Jewel Cave National Monument deadwood Adams Museum and House – featuring changing exhibits, bookstore and gift shop. (605) 578-1714 (museum) or (605) 578-3724 (house) • Broken Boot Gold Mine Mount Moriah Cemetery – Final resting place of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. (605) 722-0837 Tatanka: Story Of The Bison hill city 1880 Train

Hot springs Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary Evans Plunge Mammoth Site Pioneer History Museum Wind Cave National Park kadoka Badlands Petrified Gardens keystone 1880 Train Big Thunder Gold Mine - the Black Hills most complete original mining experience! Near Mt. Rushmore. (605) 666-4847 or (800) 314-3917 • Historic Keystone Walking Tour Holy Terror Mini Golf Keystone Historical Museum Mount Rushmore National Memorial National Presidential Wax Museum Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway Rushmore Borglum Story Rushmore Cave Rushmore Tramway & Alpine Slide LEMMON Grand River Museum – creation-based display of dinosaur fossils, cowboy & Indian displays, gift shop. Open May-September. (605) 374-3911 or (605) 374-7574 Petrified Wood Park & Museum murdo Authentic 1880 Town Rolling Prairie Golf Course pine ridge The Heritage Center Rapid city Bear Country U.S.A. Chapel in the Hills Dahl Arts Center Mount Rushmore Black Hills Gold Reptile Gardens Rotary Storybook Island South Dakota Air & Space Museum The Journey Museum spearfish D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives High Plains Western Heritage Center Matthews Opera House Spearfish Canyon – Spearfish Creek will be your constant companion as you travel this USFS national scenic byway. Roughlock Falls is a favorite stop and Bridal Veil Falls is beautiful. See where “Dances With Wolves” was filmed, only moments from Spearfish. Self-guided tour or a local guide can be arranged. Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary Termesphere Gallery

1880 Train (courtesy Susan Lueck)


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sturgis Bear Butte State Park – 6 mi. NE of Sturgis on SR 34 & 79 consists of 1,935 acres. The park is at the northern most end of the 111 mile Centennial Trail, a hiking and riding trail winding through the Black Hills to Custer State Park. (605) 347-5240 Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame

Calendar of Events

For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus.


CUSTER – Custer Cruisin’ CUSTER STATE PARK – Seasonal Volksmarch DEADWOOD – Kool Deadwood Nites Legend’s Ride FAITH – Stock Show & Rodeo HERMOSA – Custer County Fair HILL CITY – Rendezvous Art Festival Sturgis Mustang Rally hot springs – Crazy Days Lean Horse Ultra Marathon Motorcycle Poker Run & Drag Races KEYSTONE – Biker Rally Breakfast Carrie Ingalls Day Tucker Day Rodeo MARTIN Bennett County Fair, Powwow & Rodeo MISSION – Todd County Fair MOUNT RUSHMORE – Gutzon Borglum Day National Park Service Founders Day NISLAND – Butte-Lawrence County Fair PINE RIDGE Oglala Nation Powwow & Rodeo RAPID CITY – Central States Fair ROSEBUD Rosebud Fair, Rodeo & Contest Powwow STURGIS Black Hills Steam & Gas Threshing Bee Sturgis Motorcycle Rally



CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL Korczak Remembrance Day Native American Day CUSTER – Merchants Trick or Treat Museum Haunting & Carnival DEADWOOD – Deadweird Festival of Books Oktoberfest KEYSTONE 1880 Train Oktoberfest Express Buffalo Dinner The Haunting of Keystone LEMMON Fall Fest & Fireman’s Tractor Pull & Supper RAPID CITY – Bierborse Black Hills Powwow


CUSTER 1881 Courthouse Museum Christmas Festival A Custer Christmas Parade DEADWOOD – Pavilion Show New Year’s Eve on Historic Main Street HILL CITY – Kris Kringle Bazaar HOT SPRINGS – Christmas In The Hills KEYSTONE – Victorian Christmas LEMMON – Santa Day MISSION – Lakota Arts & Crafts Festival SPEARFISH – Christmas High Tea Christmas Stroll Festival of Trees Hatchery Holidays @ DC Booth Historic Fish Hatchery Holidazzle Light Parade & Chili Feed STURGIS – Festival of Lights Parade WALL – Annual Christmas Pancake Supper


DEADWOOD – Pavilion Show World Snowmobile Association Races HILL CITY – Break’n the Winter Blues hot springs Fall River County History Conference LEAD – WinterFest RAPID CITY – Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo SPEARFISH Historical Society Presentation Spearfish Optimists Annual Banquet


DEADWOOD Chinese New Year Mardi Gras HILL CITY – Tour d’ Chocolate KEYSTONE Valentine’s Day “Death by Chocolate” RAPID CITY Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo SPEARFISH Spearfish Challenge & Ski Festival Winter Art Show


DEADWOOD – Spring Jam KEYSTONE Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner SPEARFISH Black Hills Gifts & Souvenir Show


hot springs Spring Fling Home & Garden Show MOUNT RUSHMORE – Easter Ecumenical Sunrise Service @ Mount Rushmore SPEARFISH – BHSU Senior Art Show


BELLE FOURCHE – Tri-State Expo CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL – Korczak Day Laser Light Show Begins Memorial Day Weekend Open House CUSTER STATE PARK Seasonal Volksmarch Spring Open House Celebration HILL CITY – Antique Show & Sale World Fest

LEAD Black Hills Wine Festival LEMMON – Shadehill Fishing Tourney Spring Fling MOUNT RUSHMORE Memorial Day Weekend Celebration RAPID CITY Black Hills Fat Tire Festival SPEARFISH Chocolate Festival


BELLE FOURCHE Center of the Nation All Car Rally & Demo Derby CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL Dedication Anniversaries Night Blast Stampede Rodeo Volksmarch CUSTER STATE PARK Seasonal Volksmarch DEADWOOD Fast Draw Championships Mickelson Trail Marathon Wild Bill Days HOT SPRINGS – BH Overdrive Car Show Big Mick Century Ride Main Street Arts & Crafts Festival LEMMON Forest Service Kid’s Fishing Tournament Grand River Fishing Tournament Mayor’s Golf Scramble National Trails Day Event SD Lemmon Moto Cross PINE RIDGE Oglala Lakota Vietnam Veterans Contest Powwow RAPID CITY – Black Hills Arts & Wine Festival Black Hills BBQ Festival SPEARFISH Family Creek Fair @ Hatchery STURGIS – Cavalry Days Regional High School Rodeo WALL Regional High School Rodeo


BELLE FOURCHE Annual Black Hills Roundup, PRCA Rodeo Center of the Nation Volksmarch Chuck Wagon Feed Crazy Days RiverFest CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL Independence Day Blast CUSTER STATE PARK Seasonal Volksmarch DEADWOOD Days of ‘76 Rodeo & Parades HILL CITY Heart of Hills Celebration & Logging Show KEYSTONE – Fireworks Express LEAD Boss Cowman Celebration (2nd weekend) Shrine Circus LEMMON Boss Cowman Rodeo & Celebration ND Moto Cross MOUNT RUSHMORE Independence Day Celebration RAPID CITY – Cruiser Night & Street Show Hills Alive Music Festival SPEARFISH Black Hills Corvette Classic Festival In The Park Independence Day Parade STURGIS Northern Hills Championship Rodeo WALL Wall Celebration Days •



CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL Labor Day Weekend Open House Night Blast CUSTER Custer Stampede Buffalo Art Auction CUSTER STATE PARK Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival Seasonal Volksmarch DEADWOOD – Deadwood Jam HILL CITY – Outdoor Quilt Show & Sale World Fest HOT SPRINGS Badger Clark Hometown Cowboy Poetry Gathering Fall Heritage Festival Pioneer Museum Pioneer Day Southern Hills Triathlon KEYSTONE – Holy Terror Days Celebration Wine Express into the West LEAD – Flavor of Lead Heritage Festival Mickelson Trail Walk/Run/Ride PINE RIDGE Porcupine Powwow (Labor Day Weekend) RAPID CITY Buffalo Arts Round Up & Festival Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival SPEARFISH – Biker Bash Chamber Fundraiser Fall Gala STURGIS Black Hills Highland Festival & Scottish Games National Sheepdog Finals


CUSTER STATE PARK – Fall Buffalo Auction HILL CITY – Olde Tyme Hill City Christmas Parade hot springs – Holiday Shopping Extravaganza LEMMON – Christmas Craft Fair RAPID CITY – Festival Of Lights SPEARFISH – Wine Tasting STURGIS – Holiday Open House WALL – Wall Community Center Craft Show

Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitors Centers Badlands National Park Visitor Center • (605) 433-5361 • Belle Fourche Chamber • (605) 892-2676 • (888) 345-5859 • Bison • Black Hills Visitor Information Center • (605) 355-3600 • Custer Area Chamber • (605) 673-2244 • (800) 992-9818 • Custer State Park Visitor Center • (605) 255-4464 Deadwood Area Chamber & Visitors Bureau • (605) 578-1876 • (800) 999-1876 • Faith Chamber • (605) 967-2001 • Harding County Chamber • (605) 375-3844 Hill City Area Chamber • (605) 574-2368 • (800) 888-1798 • Homestake Visitor Center • (605) 584-3110 • Hot Springs Area Chamber • (605) 745-4140 • (800) 325-6991 • Keystone Chamber • (605) 666-4896 • (800) 456-3345 • Kadoka Community Assoc. • (800) 467-9217 • Lead Area Chamber • (605) 584-1100 • (877) 428-5590 • Lemmon Area Chamber • (605) 374-5716 • Murdo Chamber • (605) 669-3333 • Newell Community Club • (605) 456-2737 • Rapid City Area Chamber • (605) 343-1744 • Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau • (605) 718-8484 • (800) 487-3223 • Sturgis Area Chamber & Visitors Bureau • (605) 347-2556 • Visit Spearfish, Inc. • (605) 717-9294 • Wall Badlands Area Chamber • (605) 279-2665 • (888) 852-9255 •

Devils Bathtub (photo courtesy South Dakota Tourism)


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Attractions Armour

Located on U.S. Highway 281 north of Wagner. Armour, a small town, is a natural place to stop and visit while visiting central South Dakota. Friendly people and supplies await you when you are heading for Lake Corsica State Recreation Area to fish, boat or just enjoy the beauty while having a picnic on the tree lined shore.

Aurora Center

Located on State Roadway 42. Aurora Center was built in 1880 when the extension of the railroad was coming into this area of the state. It is located close to Platte Creek and the point of interest where a stratosphere balloon landed in 1935. Aurora Center welcomes travelers who stop by to see this rich farmland and towering Cottonwood trees. Aurora Center is located on State Roadway 42, and if you travel south to Back Country Adventure Route 560 and head east, you can visit four interesting town sites, Joubert, New Holland, Harrison and Corsica on your way to Lake Corsica State Recreation Area.


Burke Lake, a South Dakota State Park, is located one mile east of town and has asphalt camp pads. This quiet setting is the perfect place for camping, biking and fishing. There is an 18 bed motel located on Highway 18 on the west edge of Burke. A new restaurant is currently under construction and should be completed by fall. If passing through Burke this summer, join the community for their summer activities. The Burke Stampede Rodeo is held the third weekend in July. The Stampede Rodeo is in it’s 23rd year and has turned into one of South Dakota’s finest. On the first weekend in August Dog Days will be held featuring an alumni golf tournament, parades, and an Alumni Banquet, on Sunday a pork BBQ is being held to close out the activities. Stop in and check us out, it’s a great place to visit and an even better place to live!

Hillcrest Motel Comfortable Rooms • AC • Cable TV Wireless Internet • DD Phones

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Chamberlain / Oacoma

400 E. Highway 16 Oacoma / Chamberlain, SD 57365

(605) 734-4100

Hot Continental Breakfast • Wireless Internet Indoor Pool & Hot Tub


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Chamberlain Overlook (photo courtesy Mike Welfi)


Located off I-90, Exits 260, 263 & 265. Chamberlain-Oacoma is nestled on the banks of the Missouri River surrounded by green rolling hills and offers visitors a variety of outdoor activities. Lake Francis Case, a Missouri River Reservoir, provides many hours of outdoor fun. There are twenty-one species of fish, including the ever popular Walleye. Enjoy a picnic, take a paddle boat ride or go boating or jet skiing. The Chamberlain-Oacoma area is well known for its variety of upland game. Pheasants, turkey, geese and ducks are hunted in the grain-rich fields surrounding the town. Big game hunters bag antelope, whitetail deer and mule deer. There is a lot to see and do in Chamberlain-Oacoma. Places of interest are the Lewis & Clark Information Center on I-90 with its scenic overlook, St. Joseph Indian School and the Akta Lakota Museum. The Akta Lakota Museum contains American Indian artifacts, artwork and crafts. From there, take the Lewis & Clark Discovery Trail which is a bike path/walking trail north to Roam Free Park which allows a person the opportunity to see wildlife along the river. The Native American Scenic Byway, a self-guided driving tour, originates in Chamberlain-Oacoma and will take you to two Indian reservations. People coming to the area are welcome to experience this proud culture by attending powwows held annually during the summer months. If you have an interest in tribal gaming, both reservations have casinos. Accommodations in Chamberlain-Oacoma include over 12 motels, five campgrounds with many features and 13 restaurants offering fast food to leisure dining. To learn more, contact the Chamberlain-Oacoma Area Chamber of Commerce at (605) 234-4416 or visit

Bel Aire Motel

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chamberlain, South Dakota I-90 (Exit 265) 605-734-0985 800-634-3444

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Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center

The Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center opened in 1991 on the campus of St. Joseph’s Indian School. The words “Akta Lakota,” meaning “to honor the people,” were chosen because the museum is truly intended to honor and preserve the rich culture of the Lakota people, the students at St. Joseph’s Indian School and the thousands who visit the museum each year. The museum’s collection features art, artifacts and educational displays that depict the proud heritage of the Lakota people. The facility is more than a traditional museum; it is an experience that provides visitors with a living lesson on the Native American way of life, both past and present. The sounds and images of our Native American Cultural Center surround visitors the moment they walk in the door. Visitors are taken on a visual journey through the proud heritage of the Lakota people and into the excitement of contemporary Indian art. Cultural symbolism and power of the Lakota way of thinking speak through our exhibits. Artifact displays of unsurpassed quality provide a true insight into Lakota life. A thirty-six foot diorama, using actual foliage from the area, gives a sweeping view of life on the prairie from the Missouri River to the Black Hills prior to Euro-American contact. The audio/visual observation area transports the viewer into the realities of daily experiences of the Plains Indians. Visual literacy enables each succeeding generation to learn through the art, it binds the generations together; yet, each generation finds ways to express for themselves what it means to be Indian. The art and artifacts become a way to see those changing definitions through time. Our Gift Shop and Collector’s Gallery offer a unique selection of jewelry, star quilts, dolls, books, cards, baskets, pottery, moccasins, original art and much more. Come visit the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center and share the culture of the Lakota people.

The Akta Lakota Museum in Chamberlain is a tribute to the Sioux Nation, striving to preserve and promote Sioux culture. The museum houses beautiful displays of artifacts, artwork, collector’s gallery and a gift shop. (photo courtesy South Dakota Tourism)


Teepee Sculpture Chamberlain (photo courtesy CameliaTWU, Flickr) ••


Eagle Butte

Located on U.S. Highway 212. Eagle Butte is the northern direct route to or from the Black Hills. As you travel through the vast ranchlands of South Dakota, it can be a truly interesting trip to stop and visit the locals in small historical towns like Eagle Butte which is on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. Eagle Butte got its name from a nearby butte where American Indians hunted eagles for the feathers they wore in their war bonnets. Legend has it that they dug deep pits, laid a light covering of branches over them, placed a rabbit on top and hid in the pit. When the eagle swooped down for the rabbit, the American Indian trapper would reach out and grab the mighty bird by the foot. Eagle Butte was born in 1910 when the railroad was planning its extension. Today, if you are visiting during Labor Day you are in for a treat. The annual Labor Day Celebration is true authentic western fun. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Fair and Rodeo is held for four days of powwows, where the drums beat and the dancers in colorful authentic dress will entertain you. The wild, action packed rodeo lasts for three days. Viewing the 1,000 head of buffalo which belong to the tribe is a great thrill. Other towns along this rolling prairie route are La Plant, Lantry and Ridgeview. Ridgeview is positioned where the Cheyenne and Moreau Rivers divide. The Cheyenne River is the largest feeder of the Missouri in western South Dakota. Until the end of World War II, this was the home of the Diamond A Ranch, the largest cattle ranch at that time in South Dakota. This is an interesting area to travel. If you have a great imagination, you can still see the thousands of roaming cattle, buffalo and cowboys.

HVJ Lakota Cultural Center & Gift Shop Genuine Lakota Arts & Crafts Hwy 212 • Box 590 Eagle Butte, SD 57625

(605) 964-2542

Fax: (605) 964-1222

Cheyenne River Motel U.S. 212 • Eagle Butte, SD 57625

(605) 964-8888

Complimentary Coffee

Sunflowers Near Eagle Butte (photo courtesy Jill Schad)


Located on U.S. Hwy. 10. Located in north central South Dakota, Eureka is known as “The Gem on Highway 10”. The area abounds with recreational, cultural and industrial opportunities. A strong German from Russia ancestry gives rise to the heritage celebration known as Schmeckfest, held annually the third weekend of September. McPherson County, in which Eureka is located, boasts the largest number of acres in public walk-in areas. Because of that, the growth of pheasant hunting has provided many opportunities for hunters – available lodging, home-cooked meals and a pheasant smoker the first night of the hunt provided by the Eureka Volunteer Fire Department. Deer, grouse, duck and goose are also favorites among hunters. Lake Eureka, within city limits, provides year-round fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass, Bluegill, and Bullhead. Water enthusiasts use the lake for boating, skiing, and swimming in waters where lifeguards are on duty. The campground overlooking the lake has hookups, grills and picnic shelters. The nine-hole grass greens golf course is a friendly invitation to the outdoors. A museum takes visitors on a walk through the past. Beautiful stonework masonry can be found throughout the town. Stained glass windows also demonstrate the intricate work of fine craftsmen. For further information, please phone the Eureka Community Development Company at toll free (800) EUREKA-7 (387-3527), e-mail at or refer to the website at


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Farm Island Recreation Area

Located four miles east of Pierre. Farm Island Recreation Area is a sportsmen’s paradise. Located east of Pierre, South Dakota’s capitol on State Highway 34, Farm Island was first mentioned in the journals of Lewis and Clark. Hunters and fishermen come from around the country for some of the best Walleye fishing and Canadian goose hunting. Hunting is allowed within the park during designated seasons, but uncased firearms are not allowed within the park’s campgrounds. Hiking is also popular in this region. Farm Island’s 500 acres is a great place to photograph or just see the incredible plant and animal life. Three hiking trails wind through the natural settings and when the snow flies, cross-country skiers use them. Additional features are a fish cleaning station, handicap-accessible campsites, sewage dump station, three picnic shelters, zoned swimming beach and bath house, two water-ski beaches, a playground and an amphitheater. The park is open year-round. For further information and reservations, call (800) 710-CAMP or SD State Parks (605) 773-3391.


To the east of Woonsocket, you’ll travel to Forestburg where they have been known for the raising of the best watermelon and muskmelon you ever tasted. This beautiful area, tree lined James River is a popular spot for camping, fishing, boating, picnicking and lots of family recreation.

Fort Pierre

Located on U.S. Hwy. 83. Fort Pierre is located across the river from the State Capitol Pierre. The history of Fort Pierre will make any history buff’s day. Take the camera, fishing pole, the hunting equipment, golf clubs, or whatever else you’ll need to enjoy your interests and hold on because you’re about to have an exciting vacation. Old Fort Pierre was built on the historical site, which is believed to be the first spot visited by white man on South Dakota soil. Its claim is based on the uncovering of the Verendrye plate. The plate was engraved by Peter de La Verendrye with his name and date, 1741 and then buried. The plate remained undiscovered for 170 years until it was accidentally found by school children playing in the area in 1913. The original Fort Pierre, built at the confluence of the Missouri and Bad Rivers in 1817, was a fur trading post and was called Fort Teton. The early settlers of this community also settled the recreation area close by, known as Farm Island. Fort Pierre was rebuilt in 1822 as Fort Tecumseh and in 1832 it was rebuilt again in its present location, as Fort Pierre Choteau, later shortened to Fort Pierre. Modern day Fort Pierre is a great place to visit with so much to do. Enjoy fishing on one of South Dakota’s Great Lakes, Lake Oahe or try your luck on the mighty Missouri where Lewis and Clark fished. You can find terrific campgrounds and various types of lodging. Shopping is an adventure. A nine-hole golf course will keep you interested and you’ll find a variety of dining experiences at Fort Pierre. For more information, phone the city of Fort Pierre at (605) 223-7690 or visit us online at

Fort Thompson / Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

Every night, the sun slips quietly away behind the bluffs of the Missouri River. These bluffs flank the western edge of the Crow Creek Reservation in central South Dakota. Located one mile south of tribal headquarters at Fort Thompson is Lake Sharpe, one of South Dakota’s Great Lakes. Water recreation abounds on the 80-mile reservoir created by the Big Bend Dam. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing and swimming as well as picnicking and camping along the water’s edge. There are several locations to launch your boat or fish directly off shore, including beach areas. There are also many recreation areas above and below Big Bend Dam. The tribe’s wildlife department offers guided fishing and hunting trips. It also maintains a buffalo herd that often grazes north of Fort Thompson. Fort Thompson along with central South Dakota offers great hunting opportunities for everyone from Pheasants and Waterfowl to Deer and Antelope. There are many public hunting areas available or you can easily find a guided hunt. The Native American Scenic Byway crosses the Crow Creek Reservation. This driving route offers incredible views of the mighty Missouri River and the surrounding prairie. One of the most impressive stops along the byway is the Akta Lakota Museum in Chamberlain. Filled with hands-on displays and colorful exhibits, you’ll leave with new insights into the culture of the Lakota people. The tribe hosts an annual powwow the third weekend of August. Tours and homestays are available through the tribal office.

Lode Star Casino

The Lode Star Casino is your one stop for fun, food, and entertainment. We are located 24 scenic miles north of I-90 along the Missouri River. The Casino offers 250 slot machines, many brand new, with play ranging from penny to five dollars. If card games are more your style, we have live poker and blackjack games and tournaments. There are also great cash giveaways and prizes to be won! If you would like to take in a concert or dance, check our website for dates and times. Feeling hungry? Our restaurant can offer you breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a full selection menu including our famous Prime Rib. We even offer breakfast all day! Looking for a good night’s stay at affordable prices? You don’t need to look far. Our motel has spacious clean rooms with two queen size beds starting at $65.00 a night with AAA and AARP discounts available. The Lode Star Motel offers: · Smoking and Non-smoking rooms · Continental Breakfast · Free Wi-Fi · Pets are allowed · Plenty of parking including easy parking for trailers We also offer a large conference room equipped for business meetings or other gatherings. Need more convincing? We also have world class Walleye fishing within two miles! See all we have to offer at

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Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or a museum history buff, Gettysburg is the ideal vacation spot. Settled by veterans of the famous Civil War battle, nestled among some of the best hunting and fishing the Midwest has to offer, you will find lots to see and do. The rich farm country that surrounds the town is the focus of the area’s ag industry, but the water west of Gettysburg is the real drawing card. Whitlock Bay, located on the Missouri River’s beautiful Lake Oahe, is a fisherman’s dream. Just pick your favorite fish, and you can catch it here! In the fall, the Chinook Salmon come home to spawn at the state’s only Salmon ladders. Visitors can tour the facility and see the big fish jump the ladders. Whitlock Bay provides all types of outdoor recreational opportunities. Camping, hiking, swimming, water skiing, sailing, and photography are all enjoyed by people visiting the bay. West Whitlock Recreation Area, part of the state park system, is located 18 miles west of Gettysburg and features boat launching and dock facilities, a fish-cleaning station, modern camping, swimming and picnic areas. Commercial resorts are also conveniently located around Whitlock Bay. Looking for something fun to do in town? The ‘Burg of 1,200 offers bowling, swimming, tennis and basketball courts, and free camping at the city park. Enjoy the city swimming pool and park where the family can relax and the kids can play the day away! If you’re itching to swing a club, there is a terrific golf course to take advantage of. The museum gives visitors a peek at days gone by, housing many interesting artifacts from the early days of the pioneers and Arikara people. A nearby blacksmith shop and one-room schoolhouse give visitors a glimpse at how people on the plains once lived. The last Saturday in June is always a big time in town, with the Dakota Kruzers Car Club hosting their annual summer run in the city park. The day offers live music, great vintage vehicles, and a lot of fun! Any time of year, Gettysburg is a great place to visit! Come to play...or maybe even stay!


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(605) 852-2889

Hwy. 14 W. & 47 N. • Highmore, SD 57345 hoven

Highmore is a small, rural town, the county seat of Hyde County, and centrally located just 48 miles East of Pierre, the state capital. Principally a ranching, farming, agricultural community, this central South Dakota area is also the gateway to Big Bend on the Missouri River and offers many fishing, hunting, camping and other recreational, economic development, and business opportunities. Centrally located at the crossroads of U.S. Hwy. 14 and SD Hwy. 47, Highmore is in the middle of both Hyde County and the state of South Dakota. Conveniently located in proximity to highway, railroad, and air transportation, Hyde County is unique in it’s abundant variety of recreational and economic opportunities. Highmore and Hyde County are also located in one of the best, and largest, wind energy development areas in South Dakota.

Prairie Stop Convenience Store

Hoven, the Little Town with the Big Church, is located midway between Pierre and Aberdeen on SD Highways 47 & 20. In the heart of a diversified farming valley, Hoven reveals not one but two prairie skyscrapers, St. AnHoven, SD thony of Padua Church and the Hoven Equity Exchange grain elevator. Also affectionately known as the Cathedral of the Prairies, St. An• Gas & Diesel • Pizza • Chicken thony is a twin-spired edifice listed on the National Register of Historic • Hamburgers • Groceries • Pop & More! Places and greets visitors with intricate interior painting unlike any (605) 948-2420 other church in a wide area. Guided tours are available on request by making arrangements at (605) 948-2451. Tons of wheat, corn, soybeans, sunflowers, and oats filter through Hoven Equity Exchange and other area grain handlers. Cattle dot the landscape. The little town with big ideas appeals to travelers with a well-stocked convenience store, dining-in facilities, motel, grocery story, post office, park with playground/picnic facilities, swimming pool, camper hook-ups, golf course, airport, K - 12 education system and medical clinic. Rich with wildlife and within easy driving distance of Missouri River fishing havens, Hoven is not only the best place to raise a family but one of the best-kept and friendliest little towns you’ll ever visit. For more information, look us over at or call City Hall at (605) 948-2257.


Kimball is located just off of Interstate 90 in South Dakota. Founded in 1880, Kimball has many points of interest. If you’re an outdoors person there is plenty of hunting and fishing in the area. New to Kimball is the Native Prairie Garden where you can picnic or walk on the trails and enjoy mother nature. Parks, ball fields and a swimming pool are also available for some added fun. There is no need for worry about where to stay because Kimball has a variety of hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts and a campground. When passing through, check out our marquee or website (www. for upcoming events. Exciting events that happen annually include dances, Fourth of July activities, Desperado Days, the Car Show and the Christmas Lights Contest. New events are added yearly, so keep checking our website for the latest developments. We welcome you to stop in at one of our restaurants for some good food and great hospitality.


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Lake Andes / Ravinia

Located on U.S. Hwy. 18. Lake Andes covers approximately 6,400 acres of shallow water in the form of a boot. Located in the southwestern tip of this region, this area is known for the Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, which is great for photographing the beautiful nesting waterfowl. The lake itself is also home to the State Fish Hatchery where they raise Bass to stock the lakes in the state. The area is quite beautiful and appealing to sportsmen. Lake Andes is also home to a very nice country club with nine-hole golf course, lodging and fine restaurants. Ravinia is located on State Highway 50 close to Lake Andes. This quiet village is a delightful place to stop and visit with the friendly town folk and learn the area history. History buffs should take the time to drive further south and check out the small towns of Marty and Greenwood, where you will discover the monument where the Yankton Treaty was signed. For more, visit

Corn Palace (photo courtesy Jenn Vargas)

Lower Brule

Immerse yourself in the vast, sweeping prairies of the Great Plains of South Dakota, the land of the buffalo! We are the Kul Wicasa Oyate (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe), a band of the Lakota Nation. We warmly welcome visitors to our homeland along Mni Sose, the Missouri River, a place of endless recreational and educational opportunities and unforgettable experiences! The Native American Scenic Byway winds through the valley breaks and broad river terraces of the Reservation, now and then rising to the river bluffs, with their spectacular views of the Missouri and the vast grasslands that extend west over the horizon to the Black Hills. Our special attractions provide both indoor and outdoor activities: the Buffalo Interpretive Center, the Lower Brule Tribal Administration Building, wildlife exhibits at the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Recreation, the Big Bend Landmark, the Narrows Interpretive Area and the Buffalo and Elk Preserve. We have two annual Powwows - the Lower Brule Fair and Rodeo in August, and the Veterans Powwow/Princess Contest in November. Visitors can take part in a variety of Cultural Tours and Programs that will give them a real sense of the tribal way of life, traditional and modern, and the lands, animals and plants that Lower Brule people have coexisted with and used over thousands of years. We offer many forms of Recreation, all year-round – from seasonal hunting, fishing and boating, to hiking, birdwatching and wildlife viewing, to ice fishing and snowmobiling in the winter. The town of Lower Brule offers lodging and food as well as travel essentials at its selection of stores and businesses, which provide groceries, basic drugstore items, souvenirs, and fuel. To learn more, visit


Located off I-90. During the summer, Mitchell hosts several special events like the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo, Archeology Days, Dakotafest, Summer Solstice Arts Festival and the Corn Palace Festival. Mitchell is also a pheasant hunting paradise. Thousands of out-ofstate hunters travel to Mitchell every year chasing the mighty pheasant. Mitchell has over 1,000 hotel/motel rooms and 50+ restaurants. The city’s 19 parks offer horseshoe pits, olympic size pools, baseball and soccer fields, an ice skating rink, picnic areas and much more. Whether visitors come for the shopping, the sights, an athletic tournament or a special event, they all agree that Mitchell is amazing. For more information, please contact the Corn Palace Convention Visitors Bureau toll free at (866) 273-2676 or visit their website at: www.

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(photo courtesy The Grand River Casino

& Resort)


Located 100 miles north of Pierre on U.S. Hwy. 12. Mobridge on the shores of Lake Oahe, has become known as the “Walleye Capital of the World.” Anglers will also find trophy Northern Pike and an abundance of Bass, Catfish, Salmon and other game fish. Within a 25 mile radius of Mobridge, there is an abundance of deer, antelope, coyote, fox, ducks, geese, turkey, ring-neck pheasant and grouse making it a hunting paradise. With the open water of Lake Oahe, the area is an outstanding location for skiing, sailing, windsurfing and boating. Bring your boat or rent one. Other recreation available in Mobridge includes a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts and playgrounds in the city. There is a mile long walking path along the shoreline from the viaduct to the outdoor theatre. Several annual events take place in Mobridge. The Sitting Bull Stampede Rodeo, held every July 2, 3 & 4th, features top-name professional cowboys and top rodeo entertainment. Lewis & Clark Rediscovery Festival held the 2nd Saturday in August, features a triathlon, rendezvous and home-made boat races. Beef ‘n Fun Day, held the second Saturday in September, is an annual appreciation day for all the people in the Mobridge area. One of the most famous historical sites in the area is the gravesite of the great Sioux Indian, Sitting Bull. The gravesite is open to the public free of charge. Find out more by visiting the Mobridge Chamber of Commerce at 103 Main Street, phone (605) 845-2387.

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• Region 2

Grand River Casino and Resort

Grand River Casino, located on the vast and beautiful Dakota prairie, has many recreational activities for summer travelers. The casino offers a choice of 250 reel and video slots as well as Blackjack and Poker. The River’s Edge restaurant offers a variety of entrees and an allyou-can-eat buffet. And the comfortable 40-room lodge includes two whirlpool suites. For outdoor entertainment check out The Bay, just down hill from Grand River Casino. Access to Lake Oahe is available with a three season boat ramp. Enjoy excellent fishing and water sports as well as a campground including cabins and a convenience store where you can buy gas, bait and tackle. Six cabins are available for rent. Each is fully furnished with everything from satellite TVs to kitchen utensils. The campground includes over 70 campsites with electrical hookups, showers, RV dump station and a playground.

Pickstown & Fort Randall Area

Located south of the junction of Highways 18/281. Pickstown is the perfect base for the outdoorsman looking for a vacation site to fish, hunt or boat. Pickstown is home to the historical Fort Randall and Fort Randall Dam, famous for Walleye and Small-mouth Bass fishing and Randall Creek. South of Pickstown is the Mundt National Wildlife Refuge, which is a sanctuary for the nations symbol, the Bald Eagle. This area is closed to visitors. However, the majestic birds can be seen from a viewing area below the dam. For the history buff, the site of the Old Fort Randall and Chapel ruins can be seen below the dam on the south side of the river. You can also take free guided tours of the dam and reservoir or you can follow the marked trails. Additional recreation and enjoyment can be found at the golf course or the casino. Pickstown offers fine accommodations, a great steakhouse and lounge and a campground. The population of Pickstown is only 170, but the people are so friendly and would love to see you there. Traveling to or from the Fort Randall area along Highway 18, be sure to stop in some of the other colorful towns along the way. Bonesteel was settled in 1892 and soon after the store, saloon, gambling casino and school were built, it started attracting a rough crowd. By 1904, the town was invaded by several hundred gamblers and outlaws. This confrontation soon became known as “The Battle of Bonesteel”. The citizens became so outraged at what was going on in their town, that they formed together and marched up and down the main street of Bonesteel searching for all unwanted rowdies. They gathered them up and ordered them all to leave town. To be sure that they left, the townsmen escorted them to the train depot and stood guard until they were all safely out of town. Continuing along Highway 18, you’ll come to St. Charles, a small hamlet which never really grew because the early day homesteaders settled in Herrick, Gregory, Colome, Dallas, Burke and Winner, the other towns you will encounter along this highway.


Located where U.S. Highways 14, 34 & 83 meet the Missouri River. Pierre, is on the Lewis and Clark Trail and is the second smallest State Capital in our nation. The Capitol dominates the skyline soaring 161 feet to the top of the copper dome. Its elaborate interior features Greek and Roman designs. Marble wainscoting, columns, terrazzo tile floor, Victorian leaded glass and brass door fixtures create a grand and distinguished look. Capital Lake, adjacent to the Capitol, is fed by a warm artesian well and serves as a backdrop for South Dakota’s War Memorials and the Flaming Fountain – the well water has so high a concentration of natural gas in it that it burns. The perpetual flame glows in memory of all South Dakota’s fallen veterans and public service personnel. A few miles north of Pierre is the Oahe Dam which was dedicated in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and is the second largest rolled-earth dam in the world. Lake Oahe, created by the dam, stretches 231 miles north to Bismarck, ND. The lake covers 347,000 acres of land and has 2,250 miles of shoreline (more than the coast of California). Lake Oahe and Lake Sharpe (below the dam) offer great fishing year-round for Walleye, Chinook Salmon, Northern Pike, White and Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout and Catfish. The Pierre area also provides outstanding hunting opportunities for waterfowl, pheasant, Sharptail grouse, prairie chicken and big game. Even if you don’t fish or hunt, there’s a lot to do in Pierre all year long. Spring will entice you to walk or ride the “Lewis & Clark Historic” or “Capitol City” trails to watch the season erupt. Acres of riverfront parks, complete with picnic shelters, play equipment and city band concerts, make summertime fun. Autumn brings amazing color changes, and cool evenings. The winter months offer “Christmas at the Capitol” (a display of more than 100 trees decorated for the season), thousands of migrating Canada geese, the annual legislative session, and Bald Eagle watching. To learn more, contact the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 962-2034 or visit their website at


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Presho is located between exits 225 and 226 along Interstate 90, halfway between Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Presho and Lyman County are noted for hunting, fishing and amber waves of grain. The merchants of Presho offer friendly and courteous service and invite you to stay around awhile to enjoy our hospitality. For more information, visit us online at


Selby, population over 640, started in 1900 when the Milwaukee Railroad extended it’s line west from Bowdle to the Missouri River. It became the county seat in 1908 but not without a fight from Bangor, a then-thriving community four miles south of where Selby is now located. All that remains of Bangor is a plaque by the side of the highway. Selby is still being served by the railroad and is situated on two main highways - 12 and 83. Selby is ready to welcome travelers with friendliness, food, lodging and a step back in time for those so interested. Going through town you’ll find motels, gas, bait and tackle, food, auto and tire repair businesses and an antique shop. A must see is the Walworth County Veteran’s Memorial built with black granite and dedicated in 2002. This memorial includes 1,388 names and is situated on the lawn of the Walworth County Courthouse built in 1913 and listed on the SD and National Historical Register. The city park offers a swimming pool and free camping. It’s right next to a very active summer recreation sports complex. Check out the challenging 9-hole sand green golf course where a creek meanders through the course. A few miles out of Selby is beautiful Lake Hiddenwood with its hiking trails, fishing and camping facilities and a few miles west of Selby is the beautiful Lake Oahe with all its recreational possibilities. Stop in for the annual SDRA and NRCA sanctioned rodeo held the first Wednesday of August. This event brings in 1,000 people and includes a BBQ, kids activities and a street dance. Wherever you’re headed, Selby is a prime stopping point along the Northern Route to the Black Hills!

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Platte is located on Highways 44 and 45, minutes from the magnificent Missouri River, Lake Francis Case, offering fishing, boating, hiking, camping, swimming and much more! Walleye fishing is at its best just 14 miles west of Platte on the Missouri River. Other sport fish include Northern Pike, Catfish, Smallmouth Bass, and White Bass. Platte offers some of the nation’s best Ringneck pheasant hunting, along with plentiful waterfowl and big game hunting. Platte has many attractions including The Cecil & Phyllis Melcher Museum, which features dolls, wildlife of South Dakota, toys, tractors, cars and a military room. Lake Platte Golf Course is a panoramic nine-hole golf course right on Lake Platte. Watch a movie at the renovated Lyric Theater. A new movie is shown four times every weekend in full 2D/3D digital. History buffs will enjoy following the Lewis and Clark Trail, where the Corps of Discovery journeyed in 1804. The Platte-Winner Bridge spans the Missouri River and is one of the longest in the state, with a length of 5,655 feet and sits 30 feet above the water. Platte is thriving with unique shopping opportunities. From antiques to consignments, to boutiques and an art gallery, you just never know what you might find when you experience hometown shopping and service. Platte has two motels, one bed and breakfast and six lodges to accommodate you. If you’re looking to rough it, three Department of Game, Fish and Parks campgrounds are in the area – Snake Creek, Platte Creek and Buryanek Recreation Areas. Eastside Campground in Platte offers full-service hookups, concrete pads, 50 Amp service, washer/dryer and showers. There are nine different eating establishments and three convenience stores to satisfy any food craving.

Main Street, Platte (courtesy Platte Area Chamber)

Lake Francis Case (photo courtesy Steven Coutts)

South Dakota Great Lakes: Lake Oahe, Lake Sharpe & Lake Francis Case

The Lewis & Clark expedition used the mighty Missouri River for their highway back in 1804 as they made their way to the great frontier. The men chronicled their journey and when you read the earliest reports about this majestic area, they believed that only American Indian tribes and vast herds of buffalo, deer, antelope and elk inhabited it. The Great Lakes area stretches 443 miles through the heart of the state. Through the process of damming the Missouri River to control flooding, these lakes were created. With careful land and game management by government agencies and private landowners, you can fish and hunt and still see the natural beauty as though seeing it through the eyes of the earliest visitors nearly 200 years ago. Looking at this area on the map, you can imagine how much fun an outdoor enthusiast could have with 566,000 surface acres of open water and more than 3,000 miles of shoreline. If you are one of the thousands of fishermen traveling to this area, you will need to pick up a Fishing Handbook that gives you all regulations, possession limits and license fees or call (800) 445-FISH. Licensing for residents and non-residents can be an annual fishing stamp, annual family fishing, one-day fishing or five-day fishing. Available to residents only, is a basic game and fish sportsman’s license. You can send for a book on all regulations, hunting and fishing by writing to Game, Fish and Parks Department, 523 East Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501. Regulations are strict on Indian Trust Lands. State licenses are not valid on Indian Trust Lands unless authorized by the tribal council. Also, individual tribes may require a tribal hunting permit to hunt on their lands. If you plan to hunt on Indian Trust Lands, please contact the appropriate tribal office or the Game, Fish and Parks Department. Anyone hunting on private land must have the landowner’s permission.


Located at the junction of Hwy. 46 & 50, 10 miles east of Fort Randall Recreation Area and Fort Randall Casino. Whether traveling through the area, visiting or just stopping for a break, Wagner offers a wide variety of services and exceptional conveniences of a down-home mid-America community. Take advantage of the convenient shopping, fine restaurants and lodging, groceries, banking and real estate, automotive, hardware, clothing, antiques, museums and recreation for the entire family that a progressive community can offer. Throughout the year, Wagner is the “Welcome To” host of great fishing, hunting, water-sports, rodeos, American Indian powwow’s and expos, car races, many school and community athletic tournaments, the area’s largest three-day Labor Day Weekend Celebration and a brilliant community-wide Christmas Holiday Lighting Display. For more information, contact the Wagner Chamber of Commerce at (605) 384-3741.

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• Region 2

wessington springs

Located from I-90 just 35 minutes away. Take Exit 310 North on 281, then Hwy. 34 West, just 6 miles to the “Pride of the South Dakota Prairie” where great hunting, hiking, history, and culture abound. Founded in 1882 at the foot of the scenic Wessington Hills, the communities best known natural resources are the springs that still provide water for the town. Evidence of Wessington Springs rich history is visible not only by hiking natural sites like Valverndale, South Gulch, Horse Thief Gulch, Noble’s Trail, and Turtle Peak, but also by making arrangements to tour any number of the attractions listed on the National Register of Historical Buildings, (Carnegie Library, the Municipal Field House, the Anne Hathaway Cottage and Shakespeare Garden, the United Methodist Church, the 1905 Opera House, the Governor Vessey home, the Jerauld County Courthouse, and the “Sears & Roebuck” Will House.) Now don’t fret about where you might stay because you can choose from a wide range of facilities such as a motel, numerous bed & breakfasts, hunting lodges, or free camping in the spacious 48-acre park! And don’t think you’ll get bored in the “small town with the big name,” because there is a multitude of happenings going on at any given time. Swimming, bowling, trap shooting, golfing, shopping, hunting, sports, and of course eating can all be enjoyed. Since we have seven churches of different denominations, it’s not likely you’d miss your call for worship. We also have a medical facility with a wellness center. For more information please contact the Wessington Springs Area Development Corporation, P.O. Box 132, Wessington Springs, SD 57382, (605) 539-1929 or go to:

White Lake

White Lake is a vibrant community located somewhere between the 21st century technoscape and the American Old West! It is a small city of friendly people and family values.


Located at the crossroads of Highways 44, U.S. 183 and U.S. 18. Winner is located on the Oyate Trail (Trail of Nations), the scenic route on Highways 50 and 18 across South Dakota. Winner is internationally known as a “hunters paradise.” Hunters from around the world come here to pursue the wily ring-necked pheasant as well as grouse, prairie dog and big game. In the area’s many nearby stock dams and lakes, anglers fish as well as testing the waters of the nearby Missouri River. Winner is the trade center for the area and offers a variety of activities including rodeos, baseball games, golfing, theater productions, Labor Day Celebration and the Annual Mid-Dakota Fair. Winner offers many nice motels, RV parking and excellent restaurants for your dining pleasure. To learn more, contact the Winner Chamber of Commerce at (605) 842-1533 or (800) 658-3079.


Located on State Highway 34. Woonsocket has a very appealing nickname, “The Town With The Beautiful Lake.” The lake is Lake Prior and is located in the center of town. Swimming and sunning on the shores or fishing are popular pastimes in the summer. There is an island in the middle of the lake with a large arched bridge which connects it to the mainland. Woonsocket, settled in 1883, grew so rapidly that the locals called it Boomsocket. The geographical location of this delightful town is in the middle of the best artesian well basins in the state, which provides an ample supply of great water to its citizens and farms.

Calendar of Events

For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus.


BURKE – Dog Days Pork BBQ FORT THOMPSON Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Powwow GEDDES – Annual Fur Trader Days Go-Cart Races KIMBALL – Klassic Car Show Kolache Day Street Dance LAKE ANDES – Fort Randall Traditional Powwow LOWER BRULE Kul-Wicasa Oyate Fair & Contest Powwow MITCHELL – Corn Palace Festival Dakotafest Miller Light Bull Bash MOBRIDGE – Couple’s Fishing Tournament Lewis & Clark Rediscovery Festival ONIDA – Sully County Fair PIERRE – Streetmasters Car Club Rally SELBY – Selby Area Rodeo WESSINGTON SPRINGS Classic Car & Antique Tractor Show WINNER – Mid Dakota Fair


BURKE Rosebud Quilt Guild Biannual Show CHAMBERLAIN – Fall Festival St. Joseph’s Indian School Powwow EAGLE BUTTE Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Fair & Rodeo EUREKA – German Schmeckfest FORT PIERRE – Annual Walleye Tournament GEDDES – Go-Cart Races KIMBALL – Historic Church Tours LEOLA – Annual Threshing Bee MITCHELL – Corn Palace Festival Polka Festival MOBRIDGE Casino Cup “BIG SHOW” Fishing Circuit Beef ’N Fun Appreciation Celebration WESSINGTON SPRINGS Foothills Bull Bash WINNER – Biennial Quilt Show Saturday Night With The Bulls


BOWDLE – Pheasant Phest EUREKA – Annual Pheasant Smoker & Steak Fry Christmas In October At Eureka’s Pioneer Museum FAULKTON – Annual Arts & Crafts Festival GEDDES – Demolition Derby Fall Flea Market & Community Auction KIMBALL – Car Blow Up MITCHELL – Pheasant Country Ltd. Banquet

MOBRIDGE American Legion Auxiliary Holiday Craft Fair Annual Senior Citizens Bazaar PIERRE – Governor’s Hunt WESSINGTON SPRINGS – SACOTA Craft Fair


CHAMBERLAIN Annual Parade of Lights & Chili Supper EUREKA – Holiday Fair GETTYSBURG – Holiday Parade of Lights MITCHELL – Parade of Lights MOBRIDGE – Annual Snow Queen Pageant Regional Hospital Auxiliary Bazaar Parade Of Lights & Lighting The Memorial Tree PIERRE – Christmas at the Capitol Display Parade Of Lights PLATTE Paralyzed Veterans Of America Pheasant Hunt Platte Area Seed Stock Pen Expo & Cattle Dog Trial WINNER – ESA Beta Alpha Show-N-Sell Parade of Lights


GETTYSBURG – Christmas Tree Extravaganza KIMBALL – Old Fashion Christmas MOBRIDGE – Frosty Free Giveaway PIERRE – Christmas At The Capitol Display WAGNER – Christmas Lighting Display WINNER – Festival Of Trees Tour of Homes


MOBRIDGE – Ice Fishing Tournament


GETTYSBURG – Gettysburg Jamboree MOBRIDGE – Lewis & Clark WinterFest PIERRE – Bald Eagle Awareness Days Blizzard Sale WINNER – Breeders Bullnanza


FORT PIERRE – Great Oahe Sport Show PIERRE – Ag Field Day St. Patrick’s Day Parade WINNER – Farm & Home Show


FORT PIERRE – Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing MOBRIDGE – Annual Mobridge Area Art Show Surf ‘N’ Turf PIERRE – 4-H Shooting Sports Competition Zonta Craft Show PLATTE – Annual Walleye Fishing Tournament


GEDDES – Go-Cart Races KIMBALL South Dakota Tractor Museum Open House MOBRIDGE – Lowrance Pro Team Walleye Fishing Tournament Professional Walleye Tournament PIERRE – Free Camping/Fishing Weekend WESSINGTON SPRINGS – Foothills Rodeo


BOWDLE – Tower Days BURKE – Cruise Night Car Show Legion State Golf Tournament CHAMBERLAIN – Mighty Mo Car Show EUREKA – Eureka Gold Classic Triathlon GETTYSBURG – Dakota Kruzers Car Show LAKE ANDES – Fort Randall Casino Powwow MITCHELL Archeology Weekend & Summer Solstice MOBRIDGE – Annual Mobridge Walleye Classic OACOMA – “Mighty Mo” Car Show PIERRE – Oahe Days WAGNER – Car Racing Historical Museums Rodeo & Horse Show WESSINGTON SPRINGS Prairie Hills Art Show (3rd Weekend) WINNER Dancing with the Stars Quilt Show South Dakota Regional High School Rodeo


BURKE – Burke Stampede Rodeo CHAMBERLAIN – 4-H Rodeo Rock the Bluffs Fireworks Display EUREKA Eureka Garden Club Annual Flower Show FAULKTON – Wild West Days FORT PIERRE – Fort Pierre Rodeo Twin Cities Wacipi GEDDES – Go-Cart Races KIMBALL – Desperado Days Parade & Fireworks MITCHELL – Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo MOBRIDGE Sitting Bull Stampede Rodeo & Celebration PIERRE Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament PLATTE – Kids Fishing Derby Old-Time Picnic Play in Platte Weekend ST. CHARLES / BONESTEEL Milk’s Camp Traditional Powwow WESSINGTON SPRINGS – Street Dance WINNER – Elk’s Rodeo Shrine Circus


Golf Course (photo courtesy Platte Area Chamber) •


Points of Interest chamberlain Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center – On the St. Joseph’s Indian School grounds, offers displays about Sioux culture and heritage and historic items and artwork of various Native American tribes. Open year-round. (605) 234-3452 or (800) 798-3452 • Roam Free Park – One mile north of Chamberlain on SR 50. Two primitive hiking trails run through the park. Also a scenic overlook to view the area. Free. South Dakota Hall of Fame St. Joseph’s Indian School EUREKA Eureka Pioneer Museum fort thompson Big Bend Dam and Lake Sharpe – In Fort Thompson on SR 47, the dam and lake are part of the development of the Missouri River Basin to provide flood control, irrigation and power. The reservoir offers Walleye fishing. Tours available. Free. (605) 245-2331 gettysburg Dakota Sunset Museum G. L. Stocker Blacksmith Shop Whitlock Bay – Home of the Missouri River Salmon Ladders. KIMBALL Kimball Tractor Museum Native Prairie Gardens mitchell Carnegie Resource Center Dakota Discovery Museum Mcgovern Legacy Museum The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village & Archeodome Research Center World’s Only Corn Palace

mobridge Burial Site of Sitting Bull – Two miles west on U.S. 12, then four miles south on a paved road, stands on a hill with a splendid view of the Missouri River Valley. About 100 yards from the burial site is a marker commemorating Sacagawea. Free. oacoma World Wildlife Adventures pierre Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center Cultural Heritage Center Mattie Goff-Newcombe Conference Center Oahe Dam Visitor Center South Dakota Discovery Center South Dakota National Guard Museum State Capitol platte 1880’S Shieffer Farm The Lyric Theatre wessington springs Anne Hathaway Cottage and Shakespeare Garden Fager-Haug Country School House Jerauld County Pioneer Museum Nature Trails Opera House Will House – Sears & Roebuck kit house. winner St. Isadora’s Catholic Church - The first Catholic Church in Colome. It is named after the patron saint of rural workers and was started in 1910. Tripp County Historical Museum

Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitors Centers Bowdle Community Club • (605) 285-6198 • Burke • (605) 775-2913 Chamberlain – Oacoma Area Chamber • (605) 234-4416 • Corn Palace Convention Visitors Bureau • (866) 273-2676 • Eureka • (605) 284-2130 • (800) 387-3527 • Fort Pierre • (605) 223-7690 • Gettysburg Chamber • (605) 765-2528 • Highmore • (605) 852-2716 • Hoven • (605) 948-2257 • Kimball Chamber • (605) 680-1794 • Mitchell Area Chamber • (605) 996-5567 • Mobridge Chamber • (605) 845-2387 • Pierre Area Chamber • (605) 224-7361 • (800) 962-2034 • Platte Chamber • (605) 337-2275 • (888) 297-8175 • Pollock • Presho Chamber • (605) 895-9445 • Selby • Wagner Chamber • (605) 384-3741 • Wessington Springs • (605) 539-1929 • Winner Chamber • (605) 842-1533 or (800) 658-3079 • Woonsocket • (605) 796-4112 •


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South Dakota’s

Scenic Drives Explore South Dakota Along a Scenic Byway

When planning a vacation this year, consider traveling a South Dakota scenic byway. Nearly 600 miles on six scenic byways represent the depth and breadth of South Dakota’s scenery, history and culture. The Native American National Scenic Byway takes travelers through South Dakota’s mixed-grass prairies as it follows the Missouri River’s path and the Lewis and Clark Trail, extending through the heart of the Great Sioux Nation. Drivers will pass through the lands of the Yankton, Crow Creek, Lower Brule, Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux Tribes. Watch for prairie dogs, pronghorn and deer as you drive the byway. Those on the route will be captivated by the wild, rugged country, much of which remains undeveloped. The route begins near Running Water and continues north to the South Dakota/ North Dakota border. The Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway is a 30-mile stretch of State Highway 240, cutting through the center of breathtaking formations of Badlands National Park. The byway follows the natural contours of the Badlands escarpment and weaves in and out of the native grasslands full of hundreds of species of plants and animals. Scenic overlooks, with names like Seabed Jungle, Pinnacles and Prairie Wind, offer outstanding photo opportunities. Peter Norbeck National Scenic Byway affords 70 miles of breathtaking views of some of the Black Hills’ most stunning scenery. The popular Needles Highway (State Highway 87) and Iron Mountain Road (U.S. Highway 16A) are both part of the byway. Needles Highway features tunnels, hairpin curves and slender granite pinnacles. Three granite tunnels on Iron Mountain Road perfectly frame the faces of Mount Rushmore in the distance. Pigtail bridges, built in the 1930s, have a corkscrew shape and provide an extra special touch to your drive. Wildlife Loop State Scenic Byway, State Highways 87 and 16A, passes through the southernmost portion of Custer State Park. This 18-mile route follows the diverse landscape offering views of mountain foothills, prairie meadows and lush streambeds. Many of the park’s wildlife species occupy this area and are commonly seen. Watch for buffalo, bighorn sheep, antelope, deer, elk, coyote, prairie dog and numerous birds. Spearfish Canyon State and National Forest Service Scenic Byway, south of Spearfish on U.S. Highway 14A, cuts through 20 miles of Spearfish Canyon. A forest of spruce, pine, aspen, birch and oak covers the hillsides while Spearfish Creek flows along the canyon bottom. Waterfalls, wildlife and hiking trails can be found along the route. Summer’s lush greenery gives way to brilliant fall foliage. Scenic Drive information courtesy National Scenic Byways Program, Cathedral Spires, Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway (photo courtesy Stephen Keegan, NSBP)

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• Region 3

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Storybook Land (photo courtesy David Becker)



Located at the junction of Highways U.S. 12 and 281. Aberdeen in the central migration flyway with more than 120 lakes has 2405 S. E. 6th Ave. • Aberdeen, SD 57401 many recreational opportunities for every season. Walk, bike, or jog down ests e u G several newly developed paths in and around the city. Indoor recreational v ecei R activities and snowmobiling are popular in the fall and winter months. $15 OFF With This Ad Upon Check In Aberdeen offers three golf courses (one private and two public), and $15 off rack rate, subject to availability, not valid with other discounts or during Special events. Exp. 12/23/13. Dakotas swimming at the Aberdeen Aquatic Center which features a leisure pool, 1-800-800-8000 ® Free SuperStart Breakfast • Free Internet • Indoor Pool lap pool, water slides, and a lazy river. A visit to the Dacotah Prairie Museum is a must. Wylie Park, one mile north on U.S. 281, features Storybook Land, a theme area capturing the myth and magic of nursery themes and fairy tales. The Land of Oz portrays the well known characters and setting from “The Wizard Of Oz”. A swimming area, paddle boats, canoes, camping, walking and bicycling trails are available. Fishing is permitted for children 16 years of age and under. Rides are available on a miniature train and an antique carousel. See animals and birds native to North America at the nearby zoo. Pari-mutuel Horse Racing is held the last three weekends in May of each year. The Brown County Fair, the largest single fair in the state is held in August. For more information, contact the Aberdeen Convention & Visitor’s Bureau at (605) 225-2414 or (800) 645-3851.

(605) 229-5005


Located at the junction of U.S. Hwy. 14 and State Hwy. 81. Arlington was settled by Scandinavians in the late 1800’s. This small town is a favorite of the outdoor sportsman because it is surrounded by beautiful lakes and hunting areas. Lake Poinsett, a state recreation area, is only 13 miles from Arlington and boasts three resorts which rent boats and provide lodging, meals and entertainment. Other lakes close by are Lake Norden (popular with pheasant and duck hunters), Lake Albert, Badger and Badger Lake, Thisted Lake, Johnson Lake, Lake Tetonkaha and Lake Whitewood. Arlington’s City Park offers a variety of recreational activities with their city swimming pool, tennis courts and bowling alley. Arlington Days, celebrated during the last weekend of July, is an annual celebration and is known for its large street dance.


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Big Stone City

Located on U.S. Hwy. 12. The town of Big Stone City and lake are on the border of South Dakota and Minnesota. Big Stone City is a popular sportsman’s retreat, especially Walleye fishing. The USFA Team Walleye qualifying tournaments begin in May and continue until mid-June and the Annual Big Stone Walleye Classic is in June. For more information on these tournaments, phone (800) 568-5722. If you are traveling to this area in July, plan to attend the Annual Inkpa Days, a return to early history through a colorful celebration. This area of South Dakota is very beautiful. Whether you are an angler, boater, hiker or just a laid back vacationer with a camera, you will be delighted when you visit.


Located on State Hwy. 10. Britton is located between Lake City and the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge in the northern portion of this region. This area, which is on the Continental Divide, is rich in agriculture and purebred beef cattle. It boasts two slogans, “A City On The Rise” and “A Great Place To Visit, A Wonderful Place To Live”…and that is certainly true. Sportsmen come from afar for the excellent hunting and fishing. Many cultural events highlight the town throughout the year. In addition to a museum, swimming pool, lighted tennis courts and a bowling alley, you can enjoy community events throughout the year. The Buckhorn Rodeo & Parade is in June. Everyone looks forward to Harvest Days in August and the Christmas Parade and Concert in December are just a few of the activities you’ll enjoy in Britton. Britton has fine accommodations, restaurants and shopping. As you travel along the highway to or from Britton, you will find many small but historical towns to explore. For more information, please contact the Britton Chamber of Commerce at (605) 448-5323.


Located off State Highway 30 north of Brookings. Bruce, a very active community, is an interesting historical town you’ll want to visit, especially to taste the nationally famous honey produced by Bruce’s largest employer, Adee Honey Farms. People travel to Bruce from far and wide to participate in Honey Days, the last weekend in July. Many recreation areas are found in the Bruce city parks, Other small historical towns in the area that are delightful to visit are Sunnyview, White, Bushnell, Aurora and Elkton. Oakwood Lakes State Park is also close by for outstanding activities and a resort.


Located on U.S. Hwy. 212 west of Watertown. This area is rich in agriculture. A variety of top quality crops are grown here including wheat, oats, sunflowers, flax, barley, millet, corn and soybeans. For years this county has been known as the “Potato Capital of South Dakota”. Cattle, sheep and hog operations are big in this area as well as horse breeding. Clark County is in the heart of pheasant country. Hunters come from all around to capture the famous South Dakota Ring-Neck Pheasant. Other attractions in Clark include four city parks, which provide enjoyment and fun for area residents and visitors. Many of Clark’s businesses proudly support and promote local community activities including the Chamber of Commerce’s Potato Days on the first Saturday in August featuring the world famous mashed potato wrestling competition. If you visit over Memorial Day, be sure to the attend the “Little Fellow Service” organized by the Clark Rotary Club. Clark offers many fine accommodations, restaurants and shopping opportunities. To learn more, contact Clark Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 163, Clark, SD 57225; visit


Children’s Museum (courtesy Broo

kings Area Chamber)


De Smet

Located 35 miles east of Huron on Hwy. 14. De Smet, the “Little Town On The Prairie” was made famous by author Laura Ingalls Wilder and her pioneer adventure books. De Smet traces its history to the year the railroad reached this location. The railroad depot is now a museum which features exhibits on De Smet’s early history and a South Dakota wildlife display. There are many recreational facilities in De Smet including a nine-hole golf course, tennis court, athletic park, city park and snowmobile trails in De Smet Forest. De Smet is near the largest natural lake in South Dakota. The hunting and fishing in this area are a sportsman’s dream. There are other opportunities for sightseeing close by. The Redland Art Center, in Watertown is 60 miles away and the Corn Palace is 75 miles away. •



Bring your Dreams… Brookings is conveniently located on the I-29 Corridor in Eastern South Dakota. The city has a beautiful, park-like atmosphere, including a young and vibrant community of students at South Dakota State University. Our business and residential areas are lined with apple blossom trees and landscaping. We enjoy an historic main street featuring brick walkways, beautiful floral landscaping, benches, parks and unique eateries, art and shopping opportunities. The newly constructed Children’s Museum of South Dakota is a short walk from Main Street. Over 100,000 visitors came to the new museum in the first year. Other attractions include the South Dakota Art Museum, the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum and McCrory Gardens, which recently added a visitor and education center on the north side of the botanical gardens. Our cultural diversity appeals to all visitors and residents. The Performing Arts Center, the Swiftel Events Center, Prairie Repertory Theatre host many special events which are ongoing in Brookings during every season. Brookings offers excellent lodging, convention facilities and sports venues, a wide variety of coffee shops, bike trails, an aquatics park, wellness center and an abundance of relocation aspects for the visitor who decides to make Brookings their home. The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce & Convention Visitors Bureau office is located at 414 Main Avenue. Contact us at 1-800-699-6125 or log on to and view our community guide.

Located south of State Hwy. 10. Columbia is a small town on a scenic byway. You’ll want to visit Columbia when you make the loop tour of the Sand Lake National Wild Life Refuge. Columbia was destined to become the largest city in South Dakota when it was first settled, but quirks of fate led it on a smaller path. Byron Smith of Minneapolis led a party of settlers to the confluence of the James and Elm Rivers in June of 1879 and settled Columbia. The next year, Brown County was organized and Columbia became the county seat. Next, a large lake was formed by damming the river at the western edge of the new town and steamboats began carrying grain and produce northward. The railroad then decided to build through Columbia and the town would have been on its way, however, the city demanded that the railroad build a drawbridge over the lake and that is when everything fell apart. The railroad withdrew and built through Aberdeen and the rest is history. From Columbia you will want to take a tour of the 21,498 acre Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, a habitat for migrating waterfowl. The observation tower at the Visitor Center offers a view of the refuge and a 15 mile driving tour is available from April to mid-September. For information, call (605) 885-6320.


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The City of Elkton is located just 20 minutes east of Brookings, off exit #127, head east 14 miles. We have a school/community library, museum, park and playgrounds, grocery store, convenience stores, clinics, restaurant and other businesses to fulfill your needs.

Truckstop • Hunting & Fishing Licenses • Deli Food Soft Ice Cream • Pizza & Subs • Broasted Chicken Fireworks Available • Video Lottery


18 Miles East Of Brookings At Hwy. Jct. 13 & 14 • Elkton, SD 57026 (605) 542-4961 • Toll Free (888) 345-4961

1417 Main St. • Faulkton, SD 57438 (605) 598-4340

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Located on U.S. Highway 212. Faulkton is known as the Carousel City because of the nostalgic Happy Times Carousel located in front of the Faulk County Courthouse in town. The carousel rides are free and operates Memorial Day to Labor Day, Wednesday evenings, Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings. Faulkton is a friendly community offering a golf course, fishing and boating on Lake Faulkton, museums, camping, a swimming pool, tennis courts, restaurants and fine accommodations. Like many towns, Faulkton has an interesting history. The town was engaged in a county seat fight, as were many towns during early settlement. The fight was waged against LaFoon, now a ghost town, five miles east of Faulkton. Don’t miss Faulkton as it is worth the visit. For more information, write to P.O. Box 21, Faulkton, SD S7438 or call (605) 598-6515.


Located on U.S. Hwy. 14 and State Hwy. 37. Huron is the perfect overnight stop with the shortest, most scenic route to the Black Hills. Ravine Lake gives visitors the opportunity to rent paddle boats, canoes, swim or go miniature golfing. The James River offers great fishing opportunities. Lake Byron is located just 15 miles northeast of Huron and is the only natural lake in this area. It is one of the top producers of trophy Walleyes in the state and is also great for water-skiing, boating, camping and picnicking. Huron is home of the Huron Ring-Neck Festival Celebration and the South Dakota State Fair, one of the largest agricultural fairs in the nation. Huron offers over 400 rooms, 1,400 campsites, 35 restaurants and Midwest hospitality. You’ll feel right at home in Huron. While in Huron be sure to see the Murals on the Town. Outdoor murals grace the buildings depicting unique aspects of Huron’s history. New murals are added to the collection annually. For more information, contact the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau at (800) 487-6673 or visit their website at:

Lake City

Located on State Highway 10. Lake City is located between Britton and Sisseton in the northeastern corner of this region. As its name implies, lakes surround Lake City which draws sportsmen to the area for excellent fishing, boating and hunting. The lakes for which this delightful town was named by soldiers at Fort Sisseton according to how close to the Fort they were, are still known as Two-Mile, Four-Mile, Six-Mile and Nine-Mile Lakes. Roy Lake State Park is a popular spot among residents and tourists. It is known for its excellent walleye, bass, panfish and pike fishing. In the winter, visitors enjoy cross-country ski trails and snowmobile trails. Other nearby parks include Fort Sisseton State Park and Sica Hollow State Park. They are both within convenient driving distance.


Located at the junction of U.S. Hwy. 12 and State Hwy. 15. Milbank, nicknamed the “Hospitality City,” is the gateway to Big Stone Lake. The lake is the location of Hartford Beach State Park which provides historical, scenic and recreational areas for visitors. The area, rich with wildlife and fishing resources, draws outdoorsmen from throughout the country. You will find Walleye, perch and white bass in the Big Stone Lake. Milbank is the birthplace of American Legion Baseball in 1925, and holds this great American tradition close to it’s heart. A historical marker is located near Legion Field the community baseball field in town. Milbank restored their Holland Grist Mill in 2008, and it will be one of 50 working Grist Mills in the nation. Milbank has a great summer festival called Farley Fest. It is host 1205 East 4th Ave., East Highway 12 to many great events, a BBQ competition, outdoor concerts, fireworks, arts-in-the-park, Gesswein Motors car show, road race and much, much Milbank, SD 57252 more. It is held the weekend before the 4th of July each year. Milbank has many out door recreational things to do, golfing, tennis, boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and so much more. Milbank is a delightful town where you can find many fun things Free SuperStart® Breakfast 1-800-800-8000 to do and see. Outstanding accommodations, restaurants, shopping and museums await your arrival. For more information, contact the Free High Speed Internet Milbank Area Chamber of Commerce at (605) 432-6656 or toll free (800) 675-6656.


(605) 432-9288


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Located on U.S. Highway 14. This historic region was inhabited by Woodland Indians hundreds of years ago. There is a Buffalo kill-site which was uncovered a short distance from Miller near the town of Ree Heights. The site contains a layer of buffalo bones over a foot in thickness, pieces of pottery and tools used by the Woodland people. Today, Miller is the destination of sportsmen in search of the famed South Dakota Ring-Neck Pheasant and other upland game birds. Anglers also love the area because of the nearby lakes: Rose Hill Lake, Jones Lake, Camp Dakota, and Lake Louise located in the Lake Louise State Recreation Area. These lakes produce an abundant amount of Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Walleye, Catfish, Northern Pike, Perch and Trout. Miller’s Crystal Park offers free camping and electrical hookups, picnic facilities, a playground and lots of room to roam. History buffs will enjoy spending time in Miller where they can step back in history with a tour of the McWhorter House Museum and Depot, or by taking the self-guided walking tour of the beautiful Hand County Courthouse. You can also see the Centennial Mural which residents of Miller painted to celebrate South Dakota’s centennial. It depicts the community in the late 1880’s. Traveling through this area, it is worthwhile to visit some of the other historical towns. A short distance north of State Highway 45, you’ll find the Spanish style St. Liborius Church in the small town of Polo. The church was built in 1904. For more information, please visit us online at


Located on U.S. Hwy. 212. Redfield, located on U.S. Highway 212, is the largest town on this highway between Watertown and the Black Hills. Redfield has been a favorite hunting ground for the famed Ring-Neck Pheasant since they were first released in the area in 1910. Public campgrounds are available seven miles east at Fisher Grove complete with 28 sites, electrical outlets, boating, playground, hiking trails, shelters and drinking water. Plan on making interesting stops at other historical towns on this highway. Friendly people filled with wonderful stories will greet you in Raymond, Ashton, Dolan and Frankfort. For more information, contact the Redfield Chamber of Commerce at (605) 472-0965.

Sisseton •

(605) 853-2431 • (866) 853-2431 • 201 W. 14th St. • Miller, SD 57362 you can see and enjoy. They are all in the same area of town. Don’t miss the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Contest Wacipi, an annual event during the Fourth of July, when Native American dancers, in full colorful regalia, come from across the United States and Canada to take part in South Dakota’s oldest continual event. The Powwow was established in 1867 and visitors are welcome to attend this historic event. The town of Sisseton is also a favorite destination of South Dakota visitors because of the friendly people, modern affordable lodging, campgrounds, many excellent restaurants, great shopping opportunities, swimming pool, a scenic golf course and many annual events. For more information, contact Sisseton Chamber of Commerce at (605) 698-7261.


Volga is located seven miles from Brookings and close to Oakwood Lakes State Park. Volga was originally named “Bandy Town” but changed to Volga, meaning “great river” after the Russian River although the community was settled by Scandinavians. The Chicago-Northern Railroad was expanding west from Elkton and was the lifeline for Volga. During the second weekend in June, the community celebrates the annual Old Timers Weekend with a Friday evening social and Fireworks at Meadow Creek Golf Course. Saturday events include a 5K Fun Run, parade, kiddie tractor pull, city park events, free swimming, softball tournaments, and the Volga Fire Department’s Street Dance. Volga City Park, located along the west side of Volga, features picnic shelters, 9-hole disk golf, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, playground equipment and swimming pool. The Brookings County Museum Complex, located in the City Park, showcases history from the early days of settlement. Included in the museum are an 1870 log cabin, vintage farm equipment with an antique tool room, one-room country schoolhouse, and an early two-story Brookings County home. Meadow Creek Golf Course features natural prairie and wetlands within its challenging 9-hole course. This popular course is open to the public. Spend time here and discover for yourself why Volga is such a vibrant community. Volga – you’ll love it here! (605) 627-9113

(courtesy City of Volga)


Located at the junction of U.S. Hwy. 10 & I-29. Sisseton, a Sioux word, loosely translated, meaning fishing village, is the headquarters for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate. The Agency Village and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Community College are both located just outside the town. If you are looking for the oldest and most colorful history, Sisseton area is for you. This land of lakes and hills on the prairie has been home to man for over 9,000 years. The Sioux call the area “He” and the early French explorers called it “Coteau des Prairies”, translated means “Hills of the Prairies”. If vacation plans include camping, hiking, photography, fishing and hunting, Sisseton is located near six state parks: Hartford Beach, Pickerel Lake, Sica Hollow, Clear Lake, Roy Lake and Fort Sisseton. Maybe you would rather explore history. Visit Fort Sisseton which was established in 1864. This is one of the nation’s best preserved historical forts and visitors are always delighted with the tour of the barracks, officer’s quarters, guard houses and museum. This military outpost is now a scenic state park. The Robert’s County Courthouse, listed on the National Historic Registry of Historic Buildings is an example of period architecture along with the old Carnegie Library and other turn of the century homes

Inn Motel

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Located on I-29 & U. S. 212. With Lake Kampska, Lake Pelican and the Big Sioux River in its backyard, it is easy to see why Watertown is a favorite city to visit in N.E. South Dakota. These waterways make for relaxing vacations filled with camping, fishing, boating and swimming. Hunting and snowmobiling are also popular recreational sports. Watertown’s beautiful natural landscape and wildlife inspired Terry Redlin, a Watertown native and one of America’s most popular artists to portray this beauty in his world-famous work. To learn more, contact the Watertown Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (605) 753-0282 or visit them online at:

Dakota Sioux Casino

Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel is located North of Watertown, SD, take Exit 185 off I-29 and 4 Miles West. At Dakota Sioux Casino we want to provide you the best gaming experience possible. We have 300+ gaming machines including multigame machines where you can select different games to play such as video poker & keno. Join us for Blackjack & Poker - we have six blackjack tables and six poker tables for your convenience. Get away for a stay in our luxurious 92 room hotel, including, seven suites with king size beds & Jacuzzi’s in the rooms. For ultimate luxury we have two executive suites with plenty of room to stretch out. Our Lounge offers live weekend entertainment like your favorite country, rock and cover bands, plus watch your favorite sporting events on a huge 161 inch big screen as you enjoy our nightly drink specials. If you’re hungry, stop by the deli snack shop to try our hot food specials, soups, salads and sandwiches. For more options the Restaurant offers a number of gourmet food items, including melt-in-your mouth steaks, perfect for a special night out with the family and friends. Owned & Operated by the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

Canyon Ranch Trail Rides

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Webster / Waubay

Located on U.S. Highway 12. Webster is located among some of the most beautiful lakes and wildlife in the state. Webster has many nice accommodations, restaurants, gas stations, a free city campground, a city park with a pool, a golf course, a museum and an airport. Close by, you will find South Waubay Lake, Waubay Lake, Spring Lake, Rush Lake and Bluedog Lake. East of Webster on U.S. Highway 12, is the town of Waubay, a Sioux word meaning “a nesting place for birds”. Here is where you will find the Waubay National Wildlife Refuge, a 4,649 acre site of lakes, marshes, woodlands and grasslands. The refuge is home to many species of birds and mammals. Don’t forget the camera . . . an observation tower affords scenic views of the area. The Visitor Center offers interactive displays and the interpretive hiking trails provide opportunities to observe wildlife. A short distance away is the Bluedog Fish Hatchery.

• 300+ Gaming Machines • Blackjack • Poker • C-Store • Restaurant • Deli • 92 Room Hotel • Lounge • Gift Shop Casino: (800) 658-4717 Hotel: (877) 250-2121 16415 Sioux Conifer Rd. Watertown, SD 57201 Exit #185 off I-29

Pheasant Hunting (photo courtesy Jason Mrachina)


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Points of Interest aberdeen Aberdeen Aquatic Center Wylie Park brookings Community Cultural Center Mccrory Gardens And South Dakota Arboretum South Dakota State University clark Pioneer Lad “Little Fellow” – site is six miles east of Clark. It is based on a story about a little boy and his love for trains, he would wave to the conductor of the train every day. When the little boy died he was buried by the tracks and his family moved away. The conductor arranged for the site to be cared for and stopped annually to leave a bouquet of flowers. After the conductor retired, the freight crew and his family continued the care and annual service. The service has been held annually since 1890 and has been carried on by the Clark Rotary Club for the last 49 years. columbia Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge – seven miles north of Columbia on 396th Ave. is a 21,498 acre habitat for migrating waterfowl, including some 300,000 snow geese and a variety of other wildlife. A 100 foot observation tower at the visitor center offers a view of the refuge. Free. (605) 885-6320 de smet Ingalls Homestead Surveyors’ House And Ingalls Home faulkton Happy Times Merry-Go-Round Park Pickler Mansion huron Humphrey Drug Store The Pyle House

lake city Fort Sisseton State Historic Park, Lake City, 5 miles S.W. on SR 10, then following signs 6 miles S., is a 45 acre site of well preserved stone fort buildings and breastworks built during the Sioux uprising in the 1860s. lake norden South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall Of Fame miller Hand County Courthouse Mcwhorter House Museum Midway Drive-In Theatre Miller Golf Course Miller Speedway sisseton Nicollet Tower And Interpretive Center volga Oakwood Lakes State Park, 10 miles N. of Volga off U.S. 14, encompasses three historic sites on its 255 acres of scenic woodland. (605) 627-5441 watertown Bramble Park Zoo Codington County Heritage Museum & Historical Society Mellette House Redlin Art Center waubay Waubay National Wildlife Refuge – 7 miles N. of Waubay on CR 1, contains 4,649 acres of lakes, marshes, woodlands and grasslands. The refuge is home to many species of birds and mammals. Hiking trails provide opportunities to observe wildlife. Refuge open daily dawn-dusk. Free. (605) 947-4521

Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitors Centers •


Aberdeen Area Chamber • (605) 225-2860 • Aberdeen Convention & Visitor’s Bureau • (605) 225-2414 • (800) 645-3851 • Britton Chamber • (605) 448-5323 • Big Stone Lake Area Chamber • (320) 839-3284 • (800) 568-5722 • Brookings Area Chamber • (605) 692-6125 or (800) 699-6125 • Clark Area Chamber • (605) 532-3512 • Flandreau Civic & Commerce Association • (605) 997-2353 • Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau • (605) 352-0000 • (800) 487-6673 • Milbank Area Chamber • (605) 432-6656 • (800) 675-6656 • Miller Civic & Commerce Association • (605) 853-3098 • Redfield Chamber • (605) 472-0965 • Sisseton Chamber • (605) 698-7261 • Volga • (605) 627-9113 • Watertown Area Chamber • (605) 886-5814 • Watertown Convention & Visitor’s Bureau • (605) 753-0282 • Webster Chamber • (605) 345-4668 • (888) 571-7582 •


Calendar of Events

For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus.


ABERDEEN – Brown County Fair Dacotah Stampede Rodeo Glacial Lakes Chili & Salsa Cook-Off Sizzlin’ Summer Nights Car & Bike Show ASTORIA Oak Lake Bluegrass Jamboree BRITTON – Harvest Days BROOKINGS – McCrory Garden Party Taste of Brookings Wing Festival CLARK – Potato Days CLEAR LAKE – Hot Dog Daze SISSETON – Glacial Lakes 4-H Rodeo WATERTOWN Summer Art Showcase


ABERDEEN NESD Celtic Faire & Games SD Film Festival ANDOVER James Valley Threshing Show ARLINGTON – Fall Festival HURON – SD State Fair LAKE CITY Sica Hollow Fall Foliage Walk MILBANK – 3-D Archery Shoot MILLER – Miller Bull Bash Shrine Ranch Rodeo SISSETON – Annual Chicken Chase WATERTOWN – North Country Fiber Fair Radio Chili Cook-Off Vintiques Car Show


ABERDEEN – Brews & Blues Haunted Forest Pheasant Season Opener FAULKTON – Arts & Crafts Festival HURON – Great Scarecrow & Decorated Pumpkin Festival Harvest Fest Spirit of Dakota Award MILLER – Banded Pheasant Release WATERTOWN Codington County Quilt Festival Zoo Boo WEBSTER Pumpkin Fest / Night Parade


ABERDEEN – Winterfest BRITTON – Snow Queen Festival BROOKINGS First Chance Bonanza Rodeo Midwest Supercross Racing HURON – Huron Ring-Neck Festival Parade Of Lights SISSETON Lighted Christmas Parade Veteran’s Wacipi


ABERDEEN Community Living Christmas Tree ARLINGTON Christmas in Arlington Celebration Health Fair @ Legion Hall


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BRITTON – Christmas Concert Christmas on Parade BROOKINGS – Festival of Lights Parade LAKE CITY Fort Sisseton Frontier Christmas MILLER – Christmas on the Prairie WATERTOWN Breakfast At The Zoo With Santa


MILLER – Farm & Home Show SISSETON Car & Motorcycle Show Winter Show WEBSTER Home, Farm & Sport Show


ABERDEEN Dakota Territory Gun Collectors Gun Show BROOKINGS – Regional Home Show MILLER – Winter Crazy Days WATERTOWN – Winter Farm Show


BRITTON – Winter Festival BROOKINGS – National Archery Tournament FAULKTON Hats Off to the Artists Art Show Palm Sunday Cantata HURON – Dakota Country Outdoor Show


ABERDEEN Great Outdoor Show Homebuilders Show Yelduz Shrine Circus BROOKINGS – SDSU Jackrabbit Rodeo LAKE PRESTON Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup MILLER – Working Women’s Lunch WATERTOWN Casino Speedway Car Show


ABERDEEN – Big Boy Toy Show Northeast Area Horse Races BIG STONE LAKE Big Stone Birding Festival USFA Team Walleye Qualifying Tournament BROOKINGS – Kite & Bike Festival CLARK Little Fellows Memorial Day Service


ABERDEEN Arts in the Park Family Fun Weekend Ipswich Trail Days BIG STONE LAKE Big Stone Walleye Classic BRITTON – Buckhorn Rodeo & Parade Fort Sisseton Festival BROOKINGS – Car Festival Jim’s Tap Sioux River ABATE Ride Thru BRUCE – Kids Fishing Derby CLARK – Heritage Day CLEAR LAKE Crystal Springs Rodeo

DE SMET Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant FORT SISSETON Historical Festival FORT SISSETON STATE PARK Fort Sisseton Historical Fest HURON Antique Power Show Original SD State BBQ Championships SD Outdoor Expo LAKE PRESTON Geocaching & Basic GPS Lake Thompson Walleye Tournament MILBANK – Farley Fest MILLER – Arts in the Park Miller Golf Course Couples Tournament Miller Golf Course Ladies Tournament SISSETON Car & Motorcycle Show Hills & Valley Riding Club Trail Ride VOLGA Old Timers Day Celebration WATERTOWN Uptown Art Festival WEBSTER Fort Sisseton Festival


ABERDEEN Great Aberdeen Pig Out SD All Star Games Storybook Land Festival ARLINGTON – Arlington Days BIG STONE CITY Celebration of Big Stone City Inkpa Days BROOKINGS – Crazy Days Fishback Classic Soccer Tournament Summer Arts Festival Uncle Sam Jam BRUCE – Honey Days Oakwood Lakes Family Canoe & Kayak Tours Walk in the Park: Journey through Time DE SMET Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant FAULKTON – Wild West Days FLANDREAU Good Old Summertime Festival Santee Sioux Wacipi GROTON Crazy Daze HURON Independence Day Celebration LAKE PRESTON Kingsbury Klassic Kruisers Car Show Town & Country Days MILBANK Areas Largest Fireworks Display MILLER – Arts in the Park Miller Crazy Days Miller Golf Course Double Couple Tournament SISSETON – Horse & Buggy Days Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Contest Wacipi Smokefest WATERTOWN 4-H Regional Rodeo

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Swan Lake



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Gayville Meckling 50

Lewis & Clark Lake


Beresford Alcester Big Springs

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Brandon Sioux Falls




Lake Vermillion

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Canistota 42









Buffalo Montrose Trading Post


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Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve

Located in the furthest tip of eastern South Dakota. The Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve is located west of Sioux City. You can easily get there by leaving I-9 at Exit 4 and drive one mile west and one-half mile south. This historical park encompasses 1,500 acres. Stephen Searls Adams left the east in 1872 and came to the Dakota Territory in search of a new home and new way of life. He purchased Civil War soldiers homesteading rights through the Homestead Act and settled on this fertile tract of farmland along the Missouri River. More than 100 years later in 1984, his granddaughters Mary and Maud Adams decided to give the homestead to the people of South Dakota. They envisioned a place where others, especially young people, could enjoy the area and learn more about the natural world surrounding them. The park includes the family’s original farmhouse, a historic barn, the Lamont Country School and Stavenger Lutheran Church. It also includes interpretive exhibits, more than seven miles of biking and hiking paths and plenty of opportunity to view native plants and wildlife. As you wander around the park you will see deer, rabbit, 100 different species of birds and an amazing array of natural plant life. Watch out for poison ivy! Additionally, you can enjoy the Visitor Center and group picnic areas. Contact Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve, P.O. Box 728, North Sioux City, SD 57049-0728 or call (605) 232-0873.


Located at I-90 and State Highway 262. Alexandria is located in the West Central portion of this region. This historical farming community is close to the Lake Hanson Recreation Area. This man made lake was formed as a WPA project in the 1930s and has become a popular summer picnicking, swimming and fishing area. Alexandria is home to the Fatima Shrine where you can view statues of different religious figures. The shrine is part of a local church. If you are traveling across the state on Highway 38 close to Alexandria, another spot you’ll want to visit is historical Spencer. Spencer was the home of Nichel and Son, manufacturers of beautifully crafted saddles which were purchased and enjoyed by many throughout the country.


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Loyalty Days Parade, Brandon (photo courtesy Daren Jessip)


Located off I-29 on State Hwy. 46 Beresford is located off of I-29 (North-South route), north of Union County State Park. This historical town was named for Admiral Lord Charles Beresford of England. This fertile region of the state is where early settlers made their homes. Beresford has a nice campground with 52 shaded sites, all hook-ups and pull-thru sites. Here you will find a general store, pool, showers, game room, laundry, playground and dump station. If golf is your sport, the Beresford Country Club will welcome you to play their 9 holes. This entire area, driving north or south on I-29 is filled with fun small towns with interesting history and friendly folks. Other areas off the main Interstate are Junction City, Spink, Alcester, Hudson, Worthington and Canton.


Located minutes west of Minnesota on I-90. Whether you want a unique shopping experience, a fun day out with the kids, a round of golf or just a place to relax – Brandon has it all. Just a few miles from Sioux Falls, Brandon offers an opportunity to enjoy life on the edge! During your stay in Brandon, you will find a variety of parks and recreation opportunities, including the Big Sioux Recreation Area and the Beaver Creek Nature Area. The local parks offer picnic shelters, playgrounds, walking paths, swimming, tennis, volleyball, horseshoes, softball, soccer, baseball and in the winter, ice-skating and sledding. The 18-hole municipal golf course is another attraction along with a privately owned three-par course. Brandon is also the home of Huset’s Speedway. While enjoying all the activities Brandon has to offer, you can also find a variety of restaurants, comfortable lodging and camping areas. The city of Sioux Falls is only five minutes west of Brandon on I-90. For more information about the Brandon area, contact the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce at (605) 582-7400 or visit www.


Located at the junction of State Highways 42 and 262. If you are traveling the back roads instead of the Interstate, you will get a terrific feel for the countryside and follow the history of South Dakota. Bridgewater was originally named for famed prohibition-crusader, Carrie Nation and was called Nation. According to the stories, the name of Bridgewater came to be because railroad workers were required to carry their drinking water across a bridge during the time the Milwaukee Railroad was being constructed. Other towns to stop at are Pumpkin Center, Stanley Corners and Emery. It was through Emery that the old Sioux Falls - Black Hills Trail passed in the days of oxen and prairie schooners. When the area was surveyed and open for settlement many Easterners came to this spot while many traveled through on the way west to the Black Hills during the gold rush.


Canistota is located 30 miles west of Sioux Falls and 40 miles east of Mitchell right along Interstate I-90. Canistota is the perfect distance from larger cities to have a small town atmosphere but still be close enough to take advantage of the “big city” attractions. With a population of 700, Canistota is the perfect place to raise a family or retire to. Visit us online at

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Dell Rapids

Located north of Sioux Falls. Dell Rapids is located north of Sioux Falls and three miles east of I-29. Beautiful scenery and great recreation areas surround the town. Visitors can enjoy a taste of South Dakota history as you walk through town among interesting historical buildings and settings. The area contains quartzite quarries which produce the beautiful building stones used in many buildings throughout the town, including the downtown area. Victorian, Romanesque Revival and Neo-Classical Revival architecture are the influence in the designs of the buildings you will enjoy. Many are listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The Dells Theatre is an example of historic 1934 art deco design. The amazing fact about this theatre is that when you see it, you will see the original paint, seats and stage curtain and light fixtures. The city park is unique with its historical stone bathhouse and amphitheater, both on the National Register of Historical Buildings. It is located on the Big Sioux River where you can camp, enjoy the swimming pool, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, baseball fields and a walking trail. The trail takes you from the park past rolling rapids and the dam, to the soaring cliffs of the Dells. The Dells were formed over 12,000 years ago by strong currents of water passing over exposed Sioux quartzite fissures. American Indians called it “Imnizeusteca” which means canyon. A visit to the scenic overlook, located one-half mile south of town on Highway 115, will be an experience you’ll never forget. Dell Rapids hosts many events throughout the year. The annual Quarry Days Celebration is held during the last weekend in June. The annual 10K Volksmarch is held the first part of April. For more information, contact the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce at (605) 428-4167.

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Located approximately 20 miles southeast of Sioux Falls on I-29. Canton is located near the Big Sioux River off I-29. The early settlers, because of the belief that the town site is situated diametrically opposite Canton, China, named it Canton. Founded in 1860 by Norwegian pioneers, Canton has a strong Scandinavian heritage. You can take a step back in time when you visit the turn of the century courthouse, historical buildings and homes, and its reputation of being the best place for antique hunting. Historical Augustana College which was located in Canton in 1884, has been moved to Sioux Falls, but the original building still stands. One famous graduate was Ernest Lawrence, a pioneer in the field of nuclear medicine and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the first cyclotron. There is a lot to do and see in this delightful town and the surrounding area. Nature lover’s paradise, Newton Hills State Park, is just south of Canton. The nature trails, which were designed for easy plant identification, are a peaceful place for hiking, walking and biking. Newton Hills also offers great camping, fishing and famous scenic beauty. The U.S. Olympic Ski Jump competition was held in Canton in 1932. Today, you can enjoy cross-country skiing through the Canton and Newton Hills. Year-round antique shopping is a favorite pastime for visitors along with many special events which draw people throughout the year. June is the month of the Youth Days Carnival; July features the Canton Car Show with over 350 entries of classic cars, pickups, antique tractors, crafts, model cars, commercial and swap meet vendors along with a live band and other entertainment. The Sioux River Folk Festival is held each August. In September you can enjoy the annual Depot Days and visit the museum. Canton has many fine restaurants and accommodations. For more information, contact the Canton Chamber of Commerce at (605) 764-7864.


Carthage is a little town located between Mitchell’s famous, one and only, Corn Palace and the Little Town on the Prairie, DeSmet, SD, of Laura Ingalls Wilder fame. Things to do at Carthage include boating, fishing, water-skiing, or swimming at Lake Carthage. The town is also located in the heart of pheasant hunting country. Camper hook-ups and tenting are available at the Lake and in Redstone Park, a shady, peaceful area along the banks of Redstone Creek. Accommodations are also available at the Historic Coughlin House Inn on Main Street, listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. A visit to Carthage would not be complete without a tour of the nation’s only Straw Bale Built Museum. Carthage, which is one of the sites of the 2007 Paramount Picture’s movie “Into the Wild,” also has two cafes, The Cabaret and The Prairie Inn, for your dining pleasure. Visit the Carthage website at

Elk Point

Named one of the “Best Places To Live In Rural America” by Progressive Farmer magazine, Elk Point is a community of 1,855 citizens located 15 miles from Sioux City, Iowa on Interstate 29. History notes that the Lewis & Clark Expedition made camp in or near Elk Point on August 22, 1804. Elk Point was first settled in 1859 along the Military Road running from Sioux City to Fort Randall in the Dakota Frontier, making this community one of the oldest in South Dakota. To learn more, visit us online at


Located in southeastern SD. Freeman, population 1,317, a rural family-farming community, is conveniently located 23 miles south of I-90 on U.S. Highway 81, or 36 miles west of I-29. With broad professional and health services, and a solid commitment of education, Freeman boasts an attractive quality of life. The rich German heritage preserved through the years can be experienced in the museum & archives. Schmeckfest, a two weekend tasting festival held annually in March and April, features demonstrations of German foods and crafts, a large German meal served family style, and a musical production. Other ethnic foods are available year-round. Exceptional specialty shops and retail stores make Freeman a unique place to shop. Two City Parks, camping facilities, baseball and softball complexes, swimming pool, and Valley View Golf Course offer recreation for many choices. For more information on Freeman, please check our website:


Located northeast of Sioux Falls. Garretson is located by taking exit 406 off I-90, then north on State Highway 11. You will drive through breathtaking scenic beauty and you might even feel like the area is remote…well that’s why Jesse James found this the perfect hideaway. The legend of Frank and Jesse James lives in Garretson and the surrounding area. Garretson is a favorite vacation spot for history buffs, sportsmen and anyone who enjoys viewing unusual natural settings. Don’t forget the camera! Many activities that you will enjoy during your visit to Garretson revolve around the historical legend and visits to the locations where the gang spent time. The spectacular Devil’s Gulch holds many adventures along with the American Indian lore of how the canyon was split into the glorious Gulch. Devil’s Gulch (photos courtesy Daren Jessip)


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411 Rose St. • Elk Point, SD 57025 It was here that Jesse James made the jump with his horse across the gulch. A hiking trail through the area allows you to see the water falls that seem to flow out of nowhere, the Devil’s Stairway with the Devil’s Kitchen at the bottom and other unique scenery. The trail is a great way to see Devil’s entire gulch, however it is only recommended for experienced hikers and climbers. Palisades State Park offers an excellent campground and many activities including hiking, fishing, rock climbing, picnicking, sand volleyball, a playground and canoeing. During weekends, interpretive evening programs are featured. The campground features 36 sites. Sixteen of these sites have electrical hook-ups. There is also a modern comfort station with hot shower facilities. The Split Rock River runs through the park and winds its way through rock formation and has formed shelves, cliffs and pinnacles. Close by you’ll find the EROS Data Center which is a national archive, production and research facility for data on geographic information. EROS is a part of the Department of the Interior and has a visitor’s center worth your time. The Split Rock City Park offers many recreational uses and camping. Garretson is full of affordable family fun. Join us for an “Old Fashioned 4th of July” on July 4th at the Jaycee Ball Complex or Jesse James Weekend in August with a 60’s-70’s Musical Review also in August at the Depot Grounds. Jesse James Jamboree will be presented 6 weekends throughout the summer, and our Annual Christmas Lighting Celebration will be held in December. You will find a wide range of fine accommodations, restaurants and a very nice nine-hole golf course in Garretson. For more information contact the City of Garretson, P.O. Box 370, Garretson, SD 57030 or you may phone (605) 594-6721. Visit our website at:

Jet Ski Races, Madison (courtesy Sarah Cady)


Located on State Highways 34 & 81, just 45 miles N.E. of South Dakota’s largest city, Sioux Falls. This friendly and prospering town is situated in picturesque geography of rich farmland and surrounded by five lakes including: Lake Madison, Lake Herman, Brant, Round and Long Lakes. Two of the lakes have some of the most popular state parks: Lake Herman State Park and Walker’s Point State Park on Lake Madison. Both state parks offer year-round water recreation. Fishing, boating and camping are enjoyed in spring and summer months. Snowmobiling, crosscountry skiing and ice fishing are enjoyed during the winter season. This vibrant community is fun to visit any time of the year. Besides the lakes, Madison is the proud home of John C. Green, who is nationally known for his wildlife and portrait paintings. It is the home of Dakota State University, Prairie Village, Karl Mundt Library, Kart Mundt Archives, and museums. Take a step back in time by touring the authentic turn-of-the-century


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Prairie Village. The village consists of 50 restored buildings furnished with original décor including a sod house, log cabin, schools, churches, jail, hotels, bank and the Lawrence Welk Opera House. The steam operated locomotive train runs a two-mile track around the village. These rides are available every Saturday and during special events from early May to early September. In May you can attend the consignment auction. June brings the Northern Bull Riding Tour and Montongator Joe’s Country Music Festival. Railroad Days and the Miss Prairie Village and Prairie Princess pageants are held in July. August is the big month with the Madison Car Show and the Steam Threshing Jamboree all at Prairie Village, just two miles west of Madison on Highway 34. What’s new in the Madison area? There are several new and expanded retail, service and lodging businesses. With a variety of bed and breakfast inns, two motels and several campgrounds, you’ll be sure to find the right accommodation for you and your family. You are sure to experience great service in Madison, where the local restaurants offer a variety of cuisines and where local shopping and service businesses cater to your every need. You are invited to visit Madison on your next trip through South Dakota! For more information, phone the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce at (605) 256-2454. Mail: P.O. Box 467, 315 S. Egan Avenue, Madison, SD 57042, or go online:

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Located off State Highway 19. Parker is host to South Dakota’s oldest county fair. Proudly celebrating its agricultural foundation, the fair activities include livestock shows, judging and sales, exhibits of all kinds, free entertainment in Heritage Park, midway rides, and rodeo and grandstand performances. While you are in this area, travel out and stop to see many interesting and historical towns. Go turkey hunting at Turkey Ridge; visit the friendly folks in Hurley and Davis. For more, contact Turner County Commission at (605) 297-3153, 400 S. Main, Parker, SD 57053.


Parkston, South Dakota, is located 20 miles south of Mitchell, SD (I-90, Exit 332) on Hwy. 37 or at the junction of SD Hwys. 44 & 37. With a population around 1,700, the community offers a variety of hometown shopping and small town entertainment. Come visit us in Parkston and see the smiling faces of a community that is “A Great Place to Grow!” Visit us online at


A City to Grow In… Salem is centrally located in McCook County, SD, and is truly the Crossroads of the Midwest. Salem is at the intersection of SD Highway 38 and U.S. Highway 81 which passes directly through Salem’s busy business district and industrial areas. Interstate 90 is located only three minutes south of Salem on U.S. Hwy 81. Salem is a small town that has big things to offer. During your stay in Salem, you can enjoy golfing at a beautiful 9-hole golf course and country club; make use of the athletic complex which has a football field, hard surface track, baseball field & two softball fields; visit the local city park which offers a large shelter, swimming pool, playground, a sand volleyball court and horseshoe pits; or visit Salem’s variety of restaurants, service and gift stores. Comfortable lodging can be sought at the local motel or camp at the local campground. Salem also offers public and private schools, an elderly living care facility and a leisure living care facility. Agriculture is the area’s largest industry, with the surrounding rural community and many agriculture type businesses. For more information about Salem, visit www. urtesy USACE)

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(605) 425-9085 • Paddlefish Snagging, Gavins Point Dam (photo courtesy Overduebook, Flickr)

Falls Park (photo courtesy Paul Weimer)

The Friendly Place to Stay! Sioux Falls

Located at the intersection of I-29 & I-90 in southeast South Dakota. Sioux Falls is the largest city in the state. It was named for the falls of the Big Sioux River. This dynamic river winds its way through the center of Sioux Falls and cascades into the falls truly enhancing the beauty of the area. Whatever your vacation plans call for, you’ll find it in and around Sioux Falls. Outdoor recreation is popular here whether you’re looking for a great game of golf (eight courses from which to choose), or scenic biking along the 15 mile recreation trail or horseback riding. Great fishing, hunting and canoeing draws visitors from all corners. Camping is available just a short distance to the Big Sioux State Recreation Area. Clay Bird Shotgun Sports, a 700 acre ideal hunting land for pheasant, also offers a sporting range featuring trap, skeet and sporting clay courses and the NSCA 5-Stand Sporting computerized game. Enjoy Sioux Falls historic downtown with many specialty shops, local flavor restaurants, find every style and price in accommodations and meet friendly people in the energetic and vibrant community. Many special events and activities are held throughout the year in Sioux Falls, (, which adds to the fun and splendor of this very intriguing city. To learn more, contact the Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau, at (800) 333-2072.

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Vermillion is located in the southeastern corner of South Dakota. The 1208 E. Cherry St. • Vermillion, SD 57069 town is situated on bluffs above the Vermillion River and overlooks the mighty Missouri River. Home to the Free SuperStart® Breakfast • Indoor Pool & University of South Dakota, Jacuzzi • Fridge • Non-Smoking & lion offers small town charm and a 1-800-800-8000 Handicap Rooms unique blend of cultural, academic and recreational opportunities. Clay County Park, four miles southwest of town, is situated on the last natural stretch of the Missouri River which has been designated a National Wild and Scenic River by the National Park Service. Enjoy Natural, Cultural History Museum 34 acres of pristinely preserved parklands of the vast wilderness with Lewis & Clark Learning Center, Gift Shop breathtaking views. You’ll find camping facilities, picnic areas, play1110 University St. • Vermillion, SD 57069 ground, boat ramp, and miles of nature trails that showcase the diversity (605) 677-5228 of the beautiful plants and wildlife. Vermillion is the home of famous museums for history and music Gift Shop: (605) 677-5277 buffs. The W.H. Over Museum highlights the collection of William H. Over, a distinguished naturalist of the northern plains. Here you will find the David and Elizabeth Clark Memorial Collection of Lakota art and artifacts, and the Stanley J. Morrow collection of historic South Dakota photographs. The Oscar Howe Gallery includes the largest single collection of works by Dr. Howe, the internationally-noted American Indian artist who served on the USD faculty for 25 years. This collection is housed in a gallery in Historic Old Main. The National Music Museum is internationally famous and includes more than 15,000 rare antique musical instruments from all corners of the globe and all ages of history. Golfers will enjoy The Bluffs, an award winning, 18-hole multi-level public golf course. Located on the bluff overlooking the Missouri River Valley, this course offers quite a challenge. No matter what time of year, you will enjoy your stay in Vermillion. A wide range of restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and cultural opportunities awaits you.

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Prentis Park, Vermillion (courtesy J. Stephen Conn)


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Yankton – What a Discovery! Located at the junction of U.S. Highways 50 & 81 in southeastern SD. If you are looking for premier camping and recreational opportunities in South Dakota, look no further than Yankton! Yankton offers over 940 camping sites along beautiful Lewis and Clark Lake and the Missouri River. Other recreational opportunities include more than 35 miles of paved trails in town and along the lake area, nature trails, bird watching, fishing, hunting, golf courses, archery ranges and more. For the less outdoorsy types, Yankton offers art galleries, museums, antiquing, unique shops, and the comfort of over 450 motel rooms and 50 restaurants. Yankton is definitely a place you will want to explore with beautiful parks and campgrounds along the lake and river. Contact the Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau at www. or

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Lewis & Clark Lake and Recreation Area

Located 5 miles west of Yankton. Lewis and Clark Lake is a favorite vacation destination in South Dakota. The lake is actually a reservoir above Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River. It covers more than 30 miles and totals over 33,000 acres of water. A paradise for sailing, boating, fishing for walleyes and bass or just to relax and enjoy the splendor of the scenery and forget that you are anywhere near civilization. Lewis and Clark Recreation Area also features four miles of equestrian trails, disc golf, playgrounds, picnic shelters and grills, horseshoe pits and nearby golf. The Lewis and Clark Recreation Area is a camper’s dream. Nearly 400 campsites are available for everything from the biggest RV to the tiniest tent. Activities include bike and hiking trails, an archery course and more. Other accommodations include a resort with 24 motel units, 17 three-bedroom cabins and a grand lodge that sleeps up to 28 people. The resort offers a heated outdoor swimming pool, bike rentals and large shelters for family reunions. Next door the marina offers boat rentals, boat slips, full-service boat repair and a lakeside restaurant. For more information, phone (605) 668-2985 or visit www.lewisand

The Legend of Spirit Mound

Legend had it that tiny devils - 18 inches tall and armed with arrows - inhabited Spirit Mound near Vermillion. Lewis and Clark investigated and found only a breathtaking view of the prairie. (photo courtesy South Dakota Tourism) •



Long before white men came to what is now South Dakota, the little hill known by the Sioux as Paha Wakan was held in awe by tribes for miles around. The Omaha, the Sioux, and the Ottoes believe that the mound was occupied by spirits that killed any human who came near. By the 1790s, when white traders came up the Missouri as far as the Vermillion River, reports of these “little spirits” must have been well known. Although no written record earlier than the journals of Lewis and Clark has been found. On August 24, 1804, the day before they reached the mouth of the Vermillion, which they called the White Stone River, Clark wrote: “Capt. Lewis and myself concluded to visit a high hill situated in an immense plain three leagues N. 20º W. from the mouth of White Stone River, this hill appears to be of a conic form and by all the different Nations in this quarter is supposed to be a place of devils or that they are in human form with remarkable large heads and about 18 inches high; that they are very watchful and are armed with sharp arrows with which they can kill at a great distance; they are said to kill all persons who are so hardy as to attempt to approach the hill; they state that tradition informs them that many Indians have suffered by these little people and among others that three Maha men fell a sacrifice to their merciless fury not many years since - so much do the Mahas Souix Ottoes and other neighboring nations believe this fable that no consideration is sufficient to induce them to approach this hill.”

Calendar of Events

For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus.


BRANDON Big Sioux Sun Run Hometown Days Festival CANTON Annual Sioux River Folk Festival History Hike FREEMAN Music in the Park GARRETSON Jesse James Weekend LENNOX Southeastern South Dakota Threshing Show MADISON Miracle Treat Day National Night Out Community Picnic PRAIRIE VILLAGE Madison Car Show Steam Threshing Jamboree SALEM 4-H Achievement Days SCOTLAND Scottie Stampede Rodeo Days & Scotland Kuchen Feier SIOUX FALLS Sioux Empire Fair VERMILLION – Bull-A-Rama Clay County Fair Great Dakota Wine Fest YANKTON 4-H Achievement Days Bash on the Beach “Bash to the Colonies” Regatta Hillcrest ProAm Golf Tournament PRCA Rodeo Riverboat Days & Summer Arts Festival


CANTON Depot Days GARRETSON Palisades Amazing Family Dash MADISON DSU Homecoming Parade DSU Retail Kickoff Educator Reception & Awards MENNO Car Show Pioneer Power Show PRAIRIE VILLAGE Closing Date SIOUX FALLS – German Fest Spirit of the West Festival VERMILLION Ribs, Rods & Rock ‘n Roll Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure YANKTON Old Time Fiddlers Contest & Jamboree Rockin’ Rib Fest


BRANDON Brandon Expo CANTON Candlelight Walk FestiFALL MADISON Salute To Industry Banquet Retail Trick or Treat SALEM – Trick or Treat on Main Street & Haunted House SIOUX FALLS Autumn Festival Zoo Boo


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VERMILLION Annual Chili Blues Chili Cook-Off USD Dakota Days Celebration W.H. Over Museum Annual Pumpkin Carving Party


CANTON Veterans Day Program MADISON Show & Sell Craft Expo SIOUX FALLS Parade of Lights Trains at Christmas Winter Wonderland YANKTON – Annual Cowboy Christmas


CANTON Holiday Extravaganza DELL RAPIDS Christmas At The Dells GARRETSON Christmas Lighting Celebration MADISON Day With Santa SALEM – Craft Fair Santa Days SIOUX FALLS – Breakfast with Santa Winter Wonderland VERMILLION Midwest Youth Basketball Championships Tournament Parade of Lights Tour of Homes VCDC Home for the Holidays WH Over Museum Christmas Festival YANKTON Holiday Parade Of Lights Holiday Show Santa Claus Lane Tour of Homes


SIOUX FALLS Greater Sioux Falls Outdoor Show Media One Funski Winter Carnival Sioux Empire Farm Show Winter Wonderland VERMILLION Annual Dakota Farm Show


Dell rapids Farm, Home & Hobbies Show MADISON Legislative Cracker Barrel SIOUX FALLS Artists of the Plains Art Show Fine Arts Trolley Tours SDGA Golf Expo


CANTON – Community Expo FREEMAN – Schmeckfest SIOUX FALLS – South Dakota Horse Fair VERMILLION – Annual Firefighters Dance YANKTON – Home, Lawn & Garden Show


Dell rapids – 10K Volksmarch FREEMAN – Schmeckfest SIOUX FALLS Earth Day Party for the Planet

VERMILLION – Southeast South Dakota Pheasant Banquet YANKTON – Polar Plunge


BRANDON – Loyalty Day Parade GARRETSON – Fantastic Family Fishing PRAIRIE VILLAGE – Consignment Auction Opening Day SIOUX FALLS Bikes & Babes Rally for Miracles Critter De Mayo VERMILLION Spring Into the Arts Festival


CANTON – Chamber Golf Outing Youth Days Carnival DELL RAPIDS – Quarry Days FREEMAN – Geo’s Annual Car Show Quiltfest GARRETSON – Jesse James Days MADISON – Chamber Golf Classic Herman Luce Pioneer Days Lake Appreciation Day Northern Bull Riding Tour - Ag Appreciation Event PRAIRIE VILLAGE – Motongator Joe’s Country Music Festival Northern Bull Riding Tour SALEM – McDermott Carnival PSA Appreciation Supper Street Sports SIOUX FALLS – Automania Cecil’s Day Great Plains Balloon Race Siouxland Renaissance Festival Zippity Doo Day TABOR Annual Czech Days (3rd Weekend) TEA – Teapot Days VERMILLION Dalesburg MidSommar Festival W.H. Over Museum’s Rhubarb Day YANKTON – Cardboard Boat Races


CANTON – 4-H Achievement Days Car Show Weekend GARRETSON Creatures of the Night Campfire Jr. Naturalist Day Camp Stories in Stone Walk in the Park LENNOX – Old Fashioned 4th of July MADISON – Mart In The Park Crazy Days Firewords Over Lake Herman Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull “Tour the City” Road Races Senior Games PRAIRIE VILLAGE – Miss Prairie Village & Miss Prairie Princess Pageants Railroad Days SCOTLAND – Catfish Days SIOUX FALLS – Animal Enrichment Day Dakota Irish Fair Hot Harley Nights Hot Summer Nights JazzFest Jungle Jubilee Minn-Kota Festival for World Relief VERMILLION – VCDC Annual Golf Social YANKTON – Crazy Fun Days July 4th Fireworks Display Shrine Circus

Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitors Centers Alexandria • • Beresford Area • Phone/Fax: (605) 763-2021 • Brandon Valley Area • (605) 582-7400 • Bridgewater • Canton • (605) 764-7864 • (866) 445-9603 • Carthage • Centerville • (605) 563-2345 Dell Rapids • (605) 428-4167 • Freeman • (605) 925-4444 Garretson • (605) 594-6721 • Greater Madison Area • (605) 256-2454 • North Sioux City • (605) 232-4276 • Progressive Salem Association • • Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau • (605) 336-1620 • (800) 333-2072 • Sioux Falls Chamber • (605) 336-1620 • Southeast South Dakota Tourism • (888) 353-7382 • Vermillion • (605) 624-5571 • (800) 809-2071 • Yankton Convention & Visitors Bureau • (605) 665-3636 • (800) 888-1460 •

Points of Interest garretson Palisades State Park madison Smith Zimmerman Museum Prairie Village – 2 miles W. of Madison on U.S. 81/SR 34, is an 1890’s pioneer town comprised of more than 50 buildings. The buildings are restored and furnished in period style. Admission. (605) 256-3644 • (800) 693-3644

Vermillion Spirit Mound – 6 miles north of Vermillion, is the most significant Lewis and Clark site in South Dakota. Historians recognize the mound as one of few remaining sites where we know with certainty that Lewis and Clark actually stood. The Spirit Mound Learning Center is located at the W.H. Over Museum. (605) 677-5228 The Universities Art Galleries University Of South Dakota – was established in 1862 by the first Dakota Territorial Legislature in 1862 and has held classes since 1882. It is home of the DakotaDome. Free tours. (605) 677-5958 (DakotaDome) • (877) 269-6837 (Campus) W. H. Over Museum – features an array of exhibits which display the wide range of life in the upper midwest. (605) 677-5228 Yankton Bede Art Gallery Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home Dakota Territorial Capitol Replica Dakota Territorial Museum Fireborn Glass Blowing Studio & Gallery G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery Gavins Point Dam Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery And Aquarium Hebda Family Produce & Prairie Gardens Jack McCall Historical Marker Karttrax Family Fun Park Lewis & Clark Recreation Area – 4 miles west on Highway 52, a paradise for sailing, boating and fishing. The area features equestrian trails, volleyball courts, playgrounds, picnic shelters, horseshoe pits and nearby golf. (605) 668-2985 • Lewis and Clark Visitor Center – is on the Nebraska side on Calumet Bluff. The center is built near the site of Lewis and Clark’s Historic meeting with the Sioux Indians in 1804. Open year-round. (402) 667-2546 •



sioux falls Battleship Uss South Dakota Memorial – 1 mile E. off I-29, exit 79, in Sioux Falls, commemorates one of the most decorated battleships in service during World War II. The concrete outline of the memorial has the same dimensions as the USS South Dakota. A museum features a scale model of the ship, the ship’s bell, as well as displays of uniforms, flags, photographs and medals. Free. (605) 367-7141 • (605) 367-7060 Catfish Bay Water Ski Park Center For Western Studies Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum Usgs Eros Data Center – 10 miles N.E. of Sioux Falls. Facility houses satellite and aircraft photos of the earth. Field center for many programs and activities of the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Mapping Division. The Center operates an archive with more than eight million photographs of the U.S. taken from aircraft and more than four million worldwide images acquired by sensors aboard several satellites. (605) 594-6511 Falls Park – Sioux Falls’ namesake, is in downtown Sioux Falls. View triple waterfalls with three observational platforms and a picnic shelter. Visitor Information Center with a five-story observational platform, offers a sound and light show each evening at dusk (mid-May thru mid-Sept.), a Horse Barn converted into an Artisan Display (April-October) and the Falls overlook cafe. Michelangelo’s David – is in Sioux Falls. Downtown you will find the only full-scale bronze replica sculpture in the United States of Michelangelo’s David. The only other full-scale bronze replica sculpture of Michelangelo’s Moses is on the campus of Augustana College.

Outdoor Campus – off I-29 exit Louise Ave. to 4500 S. Oxbow Ave. in Sertoma Park, is an outdoor education center. Free. (605) 362-2777 Prairie Star Gallery – timeless indigenius art. Visual Arts Center

Historic Parks of South Dakota

Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Restored 1930s home, country school house, church and log cabin. Displays in visitor center.

Randall Creek Recreation Area Adjacent to old Fort Randall site and cemetery. Chapel from the 1800s.

Custer State Park Gordon Stockade, the home of Charles Badger Clark, the State Game Lodge, visitor centers.

Sica Hollow State Park Place of many American Indian legends. Roy family cemetery.

Bear Butte State Park Sacred site for many Plains Indian tribes. Education center.

Farm Island Recreation Area Site of old Fort Sully and a Lewis and Clark expedition hunting area. Interactive displays in visitor center. Fort Sisseton Historic State Park Restored 1800s fort. Guided walks & museum/visitor center.

Hartford Beach State Park Prehistoric village site, burial mounds, old Robar log cabin trading post, ground depressions of early European settlers’ homes. Lake Herman State Park Early American Indian camp, Herman Luce cabin and graves.

Newton Hills State Park Legends of horsethief hideouts and buried treasure. Old resort swimming pool. Oakwood Lakes State Park Burial mounds, site of old breastworks and Mortimer’s cabin.

Rock Climbing at the Needles, Custer State Park (courtesy Arthur Chapman)


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Shadehill Recreation Area Old buffalo jump site. Stories of Hugh Glass and George Armstrong Custer. Interpretive signs.

Spirit Mound Historic Prairie Lewis and Clark stood at the top of Spirit Mound. Interpretive signs. Hiking trail to the summit. West Whitlock Recreation Area Replica Arikara lodge like those the Lewis and Clark expedition saw. Bear Butte State Park (courtes y Clint Koehler)

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Dakotas Travel & Recreation  

Our Dakotas Travel & Recreation Directory is packed with relevant area travel information, places to see, things to do, outdoor recreation,...

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