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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


Hutch’s Motel, Cafe & Lounge Great Food • Large, Clean Rooms Reasonable Rates • Pets Allowed 400 E. Hwy. 16 • Presho, SD 57568

(605) 895-2591


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!

5000 Hwy. 12 & 83 • Selby, SD 57472 Ph/Fax: (605)

649-7979 (888) 282-7979

• 34 Spacious Rooms • Game & Fish Cleaning Station • Whirlpool Suites Available • Breakfast Toast Bar • Wireless Internet •



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)

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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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