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

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