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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

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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.

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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,...

Dakotas Travel & Recreation  

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