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Southeast Region 2014-2015 South Dakota Vacation Guide

Outdoors

Family Fun

Rural Heritage


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Main Photo: Palisades State Park, Garretson. Insets: Big Sioux Recreation Area, Brandon; Sailboat Regatta, Lewis & Clark Lake, Yankton; Prairie Village Threshing Jamboree, Madison.

SOUTHEAST REGION Southeast South Dakota is where it all began. Yankton was the first territorial capital of the Dakotas. Every landmark has a story to tell, from the quartzite cliffs of Palisades State Park to the falls of the Big Sioux River to the picturesque bluffs of the “Wild and Scenic” Missouri National Recreational River. Peaceful scenes of canoes on a lazy river to shady campsites and woodland trails will greet you. The region is an outdoor playground your whole family will enjoy. Threshing bees to colorful ethnic festivals capture the spirit of the people. Lewis & Clark’s journals tell of their exploration of this region with new adventure at every turn. Make your own adventure in Southeast South Dakota. SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA TOURISM ASSOCIATION 1101 BROADWAY, SUITE 113 YANKTON, SOUTH DAKOTA 57078 1-888-353-7382

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YOUR REAL SOUTH DAKOTA ADVENTURE BEGINS IN THE SOUTHEAST REGION OUTDOOR PLEASURES

With more than 175 natural and man-made lakes and three major rivers gracing Southeast South Dakota, every day can be a new adventure. You’ll find public and private recreational facilities that range from fully

outfitted, up-scale recreational complexes to the rustic charm of a primitive hideaway. South Dakota State Parks also offer organized kids activities as well as guided hikes for all ages. The Mighty Missouri River and surrounding area serves

not only as a historical and cultural centerpiece of the region, but also as an outdoor recreation mecca. Part of the “Wild and Scenic River” system, 98 miles of the Missouri has been designated as The Missouri National Recreational River and offers opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, boating, fishing, hunting, camping and much more. Surrounded by picturesque bluffs, rolling hills and wooded wildlife areas along the river’s banks, the ‘Mighty Mo’ is also the major North American migratory waterfowl flyway, making it a favorite destination for bird lovers.

The Southeast South Dakota Birding Trail map, available on the Birdwatching page at www.southeastsouthdakota.com provides information about what birds to look for and the best spots to find them. Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, west of Yankton, is one of South Dakota’s top attractions. It is a full service facility complete with campgrounds, marina, resort, restaurant and much more.

You’ll find many excellent private, state and federal areas along the scenic bluffs and among the wildlife-rich woodlands of the Missouri River. City and county parks also offer additional treasures. Each has its own special features.

Falls Park, in Sioux Falls, has a 5-story observation tower from which you can observe the majestic falls of the Big Sioux River as well as the city skyline. Six viewing areas, walkways and picnic areas, a restaurant, as well as the historical Horse Barn and Queen Bee Mill ruins, make Falls Park a must see.

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The World’s Only Corn Palace in Mitchell

Palisades State Park, located nearby at Garretson, offers several trails that twist and turn through Sioux quartzite formations along scenic Split Rock Creek. The more adventurous outdoorsman can make the


Follow the Sioux Quartzite Outcrop Trail to scenic and historical destinations at Palisades State Park and Devil’s Gulch at Garretson, the Dells at Dell Rapids, Falls Park and other locations throughout the Sioux Falls area.

The avid golfer will find top rated courses in Sioux Falls and other communities. The course at Springfield is perched atop bluffs overlooking the Missouri River, providing breathtaking scenic vistas.

For winter fun, Great Bear Recreation Area at Sioux Falls offers downhill skiing and tubing. Or try your hand at ice fishing. There may be ice on the lakes, but the fish are still biting.

ATTRACTIONS, FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Nearly every town in Southeast South Dakota offers a museum or collection of interest. The Great Plains Zoo in

Sioux Falls and Heartland Country Corn Maze in Harrisburg promise fun for all ages. Children can make music, build, climb, dance and discover their inner artist at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota in Brookings. Explore 40 antiquefilled buildings and relive the days of an active turn of the century main street at Prairie Village, in Madison. Visit a Railway Depot and climb aboard a retired caboose at the Dakota Territorial Museum or observe endangered fish species being hatched and raised at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, both in Yankton. Observe a live archeological dig in progress at Mitchell's Prehistoric Indian Village. Find butterflies flying freely year round at the Sioux Falls Sertoma Butterfly House. Then go next door to The Outdoor Campus for free outdoor adventure: walking trails, 3,000 gallon aquarium, butterfly garden and hands-on learning activities. Don’t miss the world’s

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climb to the top of towering quartzite spires.

Water Recreation on the Missouri National Recreational River

only Corn Palace in Mitchell, decorated yearly with new murals made from thousands of bushels of corn, grains and native grasses. Great events and ethnic festivals invite you to celebrate and experience the rich heritage

of the area. Enjoy an authentic German meal and a community theatrical production at Freeman’s Schmeckfest, sample a homemade kolache

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Your real South Dakota adventure begins here . . . Southeast South Dakota welcomes you with Natural Beauty, Homespun Charm, Rural & Native American Heritage Request a FREE 2014 Travel Packet from Southeast South Dakota Tourism:

www.SoutheastSouthDakota.com 1-888-353-7382

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(pronounced 'koe-lau-chee') and enter a polka dance-off contest at Tabor’s Czech Days, or be a “Dane for a Day” and enjoy some aebleskiver for breakfast at Viborg’s Danish Days. Get your fill of kuchen (pronounced 'koo-ken'), “South Dakota’s state dessert”, at the Kuchen Festival in Delmont. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in DeSmet brings Laura’s world-famous books to life before your eyes. Rodeos at Scotland, Mitchell, Yankton and Wessington Springs offer authentic western entertainment. Old-time threshing festivals at Madison, Menno, Delmont, Brandon and Lennox show you how it was done in the ‘good ol’ days’. Immerse yourself in Native American culture at powwows in Chamberlain, Sioux Falls and Flandreau.

Ingalls Homestead, DeSmet

County fairs are a fun family outing. You'll find carnival rides, animal exhibits and a wide variety of entertainment, plus the favorite fair food, funnel cakes.

If you’re a birdwatcher, you’re sure to enjoy the South Dakota Birding Festival, near Wagner.

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Oyate Trail

The Oyate Trail offers offthe-interstate travelers unique

Powwows and Native American Heritage

cultural and historical opportunities representing both the Lakota Sioux Indian Nation and European immigrants. Join the geocaching craze and do some techno-treasure hunting along the trail.

Family fun parks, water parks, water shows and go-cart tracks are all here in Southeast South Dakota. For more, be sure to visit www.southeastsouthdakota.com.

CULTURAL HERITAGE

In addition to its wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities, Southeast South Dakota provides a wide array of cultural and entertainment facilities.

As the region’s largest city, Sioux Falls offers a wide variety of historical museums, art galleries and theaters. Take in world-class entertainment including music, dance, opera and Broadway hits.

Ride the free trolley system, designed after streetcars operating in Sioux Falls in the early 1900s, from Falls Park to the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science - one of the only facilities in the country to house a visual arts center, a hands-on science center, a performing arts center and the Wells Fargo CineDome with a 60-foot domed screen. Stop along the way at

The 395 mile stretch of highway from North Sioux City to Hot Springs offers off-the-interstate travelers unique cultural and historical opportunities representing both the Lakota Sioux Indian Nation and European immigrants.

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Tour the Pettigrew Home and Museum, the beautifully restored 1889 home of South Dakota’s first senator, R.F. Pettigrew. The Center for Western Studies, on the Augustana College campus, also offers a variety of history and art exhibits.

You don’t have to go far to find great community theater. Check out the Sioux Empire Community Theatre in Sioux Falls, Dakota Prairie Playhouse in Madison, Yankton’s Dakota Theater and Children’s Theater Company, The Grand Opera House in Dell Rapids or Shakespeare Garden in Wessington Springs.

Discover outstanding works of art by Native American and other regional artists at the Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell, the Center for Western Studies and Washington Pavilion’s Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings and museums and galleries throughout the area.

Explore natural and cultural history at W.H. Over Museum in Vermillion. Museums in Sioux

Falls, Freeman, Dell Rapids, Yankton, Mitchell and Wessington Springs also have preserved artifacts that showcase the rich Native American and pioneering history of this region.

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the Old Courthouse Museum, a grand 1800s quartzite courthouse with three floors of exhibits. Look for Trolley Stop banners throughout historic downtown Sioux Falls as well as at Falls Park.

If you love jazz music, don’t miss Sioux Falls’ JazzFest in July. It’s the largest free outdoor jazz and blues festival in the Midwest!

The National Music Museum, Vermillion, features musical instruments spanning five centuries from around the globe plus free Brown Bag Lunch Programs featuring a variety of musical entertainment.

Mark your calendars for these area arts events: Wessington Springs Prairie Hills Art Show in June; Madison’s Mart in the Park and Brookings’ Summer Arts Festival in July; Yankton Riverboat Days & Summer Arts Festival and the Sioux River Folk Festival at Newton Hills State Park in August; Northern Plains Indian Art Market and the Sidewalk Arts Festival in Sioux Falls each September.

Summer Arts Festivals

Downtown Sioux Falls has a year-round SculptureWalk, with original works of art on public display to enjoy throughout the year. Yankton also has a

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Old Time Harvest Festivals

EXPLORE THE I-29 CULTURAL CORRIDOR Interstate 29 boasts a rich array of cultural opportunities featuring family fun, the arts, outdoor adventures, historical museums and Native American heritage.

It’s time to discover all this magnificent state has to offer. For a free brochure

Call 1-888-353-7382 www.southeastsouthdakota.com/journey/i-29-cultural-corridor

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R i v e r Wa l k o f s c u l p t u r e s throughout the downtown area.

Call the local visitors bureau for the most up to date info as you plan your trip.

SHOPPING, DINING AND ACCOMMODATIONS

Unique novelty and specialty shops sponsor the South Dakota Made label on items unique to the area. These products range from buffalo jerky to beautifully handcrafted quilts.

Sioux Falls offers an exceptional shopping experience. Discover treasures at unique specialty shops in the historic downtown or peruse over 180 of the finest stores at the Empire Mall, the largest shopping complex between Minneapolis and Denver.

Downtown Sioux Falls dining options include everything from international flavors to home

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cooking to fine dining. Sidewalk cafés offer a fresh air dining experience and the perfect spot for shoppers to find refreshment.

There’s hardly a better treasure hunt than you’ll find at antique stores and malls throughout the region. Communities that offer firstrate antique shopping include Mitchell, Sioux Falls, Canton and Yankton.

You'll be surprised by the diversity of restaurants, coffee shops and wineries in Southeast South Dakota. While some establishments feature South Dakota's finest cuts of locally grown beef and buffalo, you will also find a variety of authentic ethnic and international cuisine. Enjoy the nostalgia of Edgar’s Ol’ Fashioned Soda Fountain in Elk Point, complete with a restored turn-of-the-century soda fountain and original wooden booths. Several local wineries which grow their own grapes and make their wine

Wilde Prairie Winery is housed in a renovated 1911 barn

on the premises also offer tours, wine tasting and special events throughout the year.

Southeast South Dakota's lodging choices include everything from a bed & breakfast overlooking the Missouri River to a charming rural retreat or cozy rustic lodge, as well as upscale business lodging with

all the amenities.

No matter what the season, Southeast South Dakota will provide you with a simply wonderful and memorable experience.

Welcome to Scenic - Serene Simply South Dakota. For more information visit our website, www.southeastsouthdakota.com.


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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ATTRACTION!

Explore the Falls of the Big Sioux River, new River Greenway, vibrant downtown, authentic arts and culture, new national entertainment venues, lively sports events, abundant shopping and local culinary scene. Capture the memorable travel moments in South Dakota's largest city year-round.

Request a FREE Visitors Guide! VisitSiouxFalls.com 800.333.2072

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YOU WILL BE A

HAPPY CAMPER

DO YOU HEAR THAT? IT’S THE SOUND OF FRESH AIR AND SUNSHINE CALLING. ollowing that call may mean leaving some creature comforts behind – for a little while at least. But don't worry, if sleeping in a tent isn't your cup of tea, we have full service campgrounds with electric hookups for your camper as well as air-conditioned camping cabins.

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Each of these campgrounds offer a unique camping experience with lots of fresh air, sunshine, plus great scenery.

LEWIS & CLARK RECREATION AREA

Located near Yankton, this is one of the state’s most popular camping areas. It is situated on the banks of beautiful Lewis & Clark Lake and the Missouri River. The park offers many prime waterfront campsites and camping cabins, as well as resort facilities, several trails including a paved hiking and biking trail that follows the lake shore, equestrian campground

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Lakeside cabin at Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, Yankton


SPRINGFIELD RECREATION AREA

For a smaller and quieter park, try Springfield Recreation Area, just upriver from Lewis & Clark Recreation Area. You’ll find great bass fishing and an adjacent golf course that provides breathtaking views of the river from atop chalkstone bluffs.

NEWTON HILLS STATE PARK

Tree climbing - a popular campground activity

Newton Hills, near Canton, is a wooded oasis providing shaded campsites, a lookout tower and a fully equipped lodge, perfect for family gatherings. Lake Lakota boasts fishing, swimming and canoeing. You will also find hiking and biking trails as well as cross-country ski trails for winter fun. There is also an equestrian campground with corrals and a bridle trail.

UNION GROVE STATE PARK

Union Grove, near Beresford, has secluded campsites and features more than 180 species of trees and shrubs which provide impressive fall colors. Wildlife thrives in the park, as do songbirds. There is also a bridle trail and an equestrian campground with corrals.

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and trail, disc golf, archery range, swimming beaches, a full service marina and restaurant.

PALISADES STATE PARK

Colorful quartzite cliffs along with a colorful past make Palisades, near Garretson, one of the most unique campgrounds in the area. Split Rock Creek, which flows through the park, is lined with quartzite formations that rise as much as 50 feet above the water. This park is popular with campers, hikers, rock climbers, canoers and hikers. A comfortable fully equipped lodge is perfect for gatherings.

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THE ONLY DOME AQUARIUM & TOUCH POOL IN THE MIDWEST! Admission Required Memberships Available

605-334-9466 • 1-800-349-4152 Inside Sertoma Park-Corner of 49th and Oxbow in Sioux Falls.

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WALKER’S POINT RECREATION AREA

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Nearby Walker’s Point is tucked along the shore of Lake Madison. This small but complete park meets the needs of campers and anglers. Campsites are located near the water and many offer picturesque views of the 2,800 acre lake.

BIG SIOUX RECREATION AREA

Located near Brandon, this park lies on the banks of the Big Sioux River with easy access to Sioux Falls. It is popular among campers, canoers and archers. Other activities include disc golf, hiking and biking. In the winter, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers can gather in the warming house. An 1869 homestead cabin will interest history buffs.

Campfire on the shore of the Missouri River

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LAKE HERMAN STATE PARK

History and water-based recreation attract many campers to Lake Herman at Madison. Located on a peninsula, the park offers visitors

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spectacular views of Lake Herman. Melting glacial ice formed this 1,350-acre lake thousands of years ago. An 1871 log cabin built by some of the first settlers to the area has been restored. Visitors to the park can now play disc golf, hike, swim, fish, canoe or crosscountry ski. Canoe and kayak rental is available.

LAKE VERMILLION RECREATION AREA

Near Canistota, Lake Vermillion is popular among fishermen, boaters, canoers, swimmers and hunters. Canoe and kayak rental is available. The park provides the ideal hunting camp with waterfowl and upland game nearby.

STATE PARK LODGES

If you prefer all the comforts of home as you explore nature,

the beautiful lodges located at Newton Hills and Palisades State Parks are just right for you. Lodges are fully equipped and perfect for larger groups.

CLAY COUNTY PARK & CAMPGROUND

Clay County Park, near Vermillion, encompasses 34 acres of vast beautiful wilderness on the last natural stretch of the Missouri River. It offers camping, picnic shelters, boat ramp, fishing dock and a paved nature trail.

TABOR LAKESIDE USE AREA

If you don’t mind roughing it, this remote area offers a primitive camping experience with beautiful unspoiled views of the Missouri River. For boaters and fishermen, a boat ramp and dock are available.

ELK POINT CITY PARK CAMPGROUND

Conveniently located near Interstate 29, Elk Point’s campground is situated in the beautifully landscaped city park and includes firepits, picnic tables, shelters, electric hookups and a bathhouse. The city swimming pool is nearby.

Privately owned campgrounds offer even more options. Check out our campground directory on page 55.


P a r k s o ff e r i n g equestrian trails include Big Sioux Recreation Area, Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, Newton Hills State Park, Union Grove State Park and Clay County Park. Lewis & Clark, Newton Hills and Union Grove also have camping facilities specially outfitted for horses and their riders.

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son Ranch Recreation Areas.

GOOD EARTH STATE PARK AT BLOOD RUN

South Dakota’s newest state park, Good Earth State Park, is located just east of Sioux Falls. This National Historic Landmark is the location of a large Native American sacred site. It features 2 miles of hiking trails through Bur Oak Forest, native tall grass prairie and winds along the banks of the Big Sioux River.

Newton Hills State Park, near Canton

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TAKE A HIKE

TAKE A TRAIL TO ADVENTURE. EXPERIENCE THE NATURAL, TRANQUIL BEAUTY THAT IS SIMPLY SOUTH DAKOTA. HIT THE TRAIL TO SCENIC SIGHTS

There are many ways to explore southeast South Dakota, including extensive trail systems throughout the region.

Pick your favorite mode of transportation: bicycle, horseback, cross-country skis, a snowmobile or your own two feet. Guided hikes are available at our state parks or just bring

your favorite bird, animal or plant book and chart your own course. Handicap accessible trails are located at Beaver Creek Nature Area and Big Sioux, Lewis & Clark and Pier-

NEWTON HILLS STATE PARK

Newton Hills’ Woodland Trail, near Canton, is on the National Recreational Trails registry. It crosses dense basswood and oak forests, as well as open grasslands. There’s also a 6-mile multi-use trail, arboretum trail and great birdwatching. An observation tower offers a bird’s eye view.

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URBAN TRAILS

Many towns have walking/ biking trails that provide a relaxing escape to nature in the middle of the city.

In Sioux Falls you can walk, jog or bike your way along the Big Sioux River from Falls Park to the Outdoor Campus. A fivestory enclosed viewing tower provides a 360-degree view of Falls Park and the city skyline.

LEWIS & CLARK RECREATION AREA & MERIDIAN TRAILS

Trails at Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve, near North Sioux City, offer trails through native prairie grasses along the Missouri River, with wildlife viewing blinds along the way. Trails also meander through cottonwood groves and a century old homestead complete with a home, barns, church and school house. Guided golf cart tours are available for those with physical disabilities.

SPIRIT MOUND

Stand where Lewis and Clark stood 200 years ago. Take the three-quarter mile trail to the summit of Spirit Mound, near

Big Sioux Recreation Area lies on the banks of the Big

UNION GROVE STATE PARK

TRAILs DIRECTORY TRAIL

Take a trail to your own adventure and experience the natural, tranquil beauty that is Simply South Dakota.

Union Grove, near Beresford, features a 4-mile multi-use trail and a large variety of trees which provide fall color and

Adam’s Homestead & Nature Preserve Beaver Creek Nature Area Big Sioux Recreation Area Big Sioux River Recreation Trail Chief White Crane Recreation Area Clay County Park Devil’s Gulch Good Earth State Park at Blood Run Great Bear Recreation Park Lake Herman State Park Lake Vermillion Recreation Area Lewis & Clark Recreation Area Madison Bike & Recreation Trail Meridian Trails & Bridge Mitchell Trails Newton Hills State Park Outdoor Campus Palisades State Park Pierson Ranch Recreation Area Sioux River Red Rock Trail East River Snowmobile Trails Spirit Mound Historic Prairie Springfield Recreation Area Union Grove State Park

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Snowmobiling

Trails twist and turn through scenic quartzite formations along Split Rock Creek at Palisades State Park, near Garretson. Sights along the trail include a bridge designated as a National Historic Structure. A challenging climb awaits the more adventurous on towering quartzite spires and sheer cliff walls. Devil’s Gulch provides scenic trails to Devil’s Falls and Devil’s Stairway amidst legends of outlaw Jesse James.

Cross Country Ski Trail

PALISADES STATE PARK

Vermillion, overlooking 300 acres of restored prairie. Interpretive signs transform the hike into a learning experience.

Winter brings a blanket of white, along with opportunities offered by hundred of miles of snowmobile trails connecting Garretson, Dell Rapids, Brookings, Madison, Mitchell, DeSmet, Huron, Lennox and Parker. State parks that provide snowmobile trails are Big Sioux Recreation Area and Lewis & Clark Recreation Area.

Equestrian Trail

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SNOWMOBILE TRAILS

Handicap Access Trail

TAKE A HIKE

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, near Yankton, has miles of trails including a paved lakeside trail, rugged mountain bike trails and a wooded hike up to a scenic overlook of the Missouri River. These trails connect with the Meridian Trails system in Yankton. The Meridian Bridge Trail crosses an historical double-decker bridge over the Missouri River that has been converted to a pedestrian bridge.

Hiking Trail

Meridian Pedestrian Bridge over Missouri River, Yankton

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habitat for birds and wildlife.

Biking Trail

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Sioux River. Miles of trails ramble through woodland and prairie. Winter brings crosscountry skiers and snowmobilers to the trails. An 1870’s cabin at Beaver Creek Nature Area, also near Brandon, is host to historic living history programs.

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ROCK CLIMBING

EXPERIENCE PALISADES STATE PARK FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE. small, but scenic geologic wonder, Palisades State Park is nestled among the sheer cliffs overlooking the Split Rock Creek just a short half-hour’s drive from Sioux Falls. The park offers the regular menu of outdoor recreation opportunities, including camping, hiking and picnicking. However it also offers a unique form of outdoor excitement for the more adventuresome at heart.

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Palisades is one of just a few premier rock climbing sites in the Midwest. Numerous climbing routes are easily accessed and provide a wide assortment of climbing experiences. Sioux quartzite formations play host to a variety of face and crack climbs, with even a few hidden bouldering sites thrown in for good measure. Whether toproping a novice route on South Wall or Rattlesnake Rock, or a more ambitious route at Swing

Set Cove or on Positron, climbers from all over the Midwest make the trek to Palisades to take on the forces of gravity.

The nearby City of Garretson, just two miles north of the park, provides all the services necessary for an extended visit.

When you think of rock climbing, you don’t always have to venture out to the mountains. Sometimes a prairie oasis like Palisades State Park may offer more than meets the eye. And the views experienced while hanging from a rope fifty feet above the waters of Split Rock Creek are quite different than those experienced by other park visitors. It’s all a matter of perspective!

Palisades State Park is located 10 miles north of I-90 off Exit 406 near Brandon. A Palisades climbing brochure offering special tips on low-impact

Palisades State Park, Garretson climbing, resource protection, co-existing with other park visitors and safe climbing practices is available at the park entrance station, office or by mail (call 605-594-3824). It can also be downloaded

from the park webpage: www.gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/ directory/palisades/.

For more info, contact Palisades State Park, 25495 485th Avenue, Garretson, SD 57030.

PORTER SCULPTURE PARK On Interstate 90 At Exit 374

KIDS FREE • 60 foot tall Bull’s Head, plus dozens more sculptures the entire family will enjoy • Open Memorial Day to Labor Day

Located on I-90, Montrose Exit 374 25 miles west of Sioux Falls www.portersculpturepark.com

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GEOCACHING:

A TECHNO-TREASURE HUNT THE THRILL OF THE HUNT IS JUST AS MUCH FUN AS FINDING THE “TREASURE”. eocaching (pronounced "geo-cashing") is an outdoor treasure hunt using hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) units. The geocachers hide and seek "treasures," which are found in waterproof containers and typically include a pencil, small notebook to serve as a logbook for finders and several trinkets like key chains, small toys and buttons. Geocaches can range in size from a small film canister to bigger than a 5-gallon bucket.

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Geocachers hide the geocache and enter coordinates (latitude and longitude) on a website. Others download the coordinates, enter them into a GPS unit and hunt for the geocache. Once the cache is found, the finders enter their names and date into the cache logbook. The finders can then take an object from the cache while leaving something of equal or higher value. The finders replace the geocache in the same place where they found it for future geocachers to find.

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Geocaching is popular all across the state, particularly in South Dakota's State Parks including Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve, Lewis & Clark Recreation Area and Palisades State Park. These state parks also offer some hands-on learning opportunities. Caches are listed on www.gfp.sd.gov.

The area between Lennox and Menno has dozens of caches arranged to spell the word “GEOCACHING”. You can also geocache the Oyate Trail across southern South Dakota and receive a special coin. There are 110 geocaches spaced approximately every 3 miles along the trail. The first 50 geocachers to find at least 100 caches along the trail are eligible for an Official Oyate Trail Geocaching Coin. To find these and other caches throughout the region and for more in depth how-to information, go to www.geocaching.com.

There are many types of geocaching. If you are a beginner, starting off with the traditional type described above

is a good idea. Afterwards, you may progress to more complex types of geocaching. A multicache involves finding two or more locations. Most have a hint to find the second cache, and the second cache has a hint to the third, and so on. A mystery or puzzle cache may involve complicated puzzles that you will first need to solve to

Search for “treasure” with GPS

determine the coordinates. An Earth-Cache is a little more difficult. You have to identify some geologic feature, have your picture taken with it and then post the picture online.

Geocaching is an outdoor adventure the whole family can enjoy together.


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IT’S A HUNTER’S

PARADISE

STOP ON ANY COUNTRY ROAD IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA AND YOU’LL BE STOPPING IN A HUNTER’S PARADISE. ur state bird, the Chinese Ringnecked Pheasant, thrives in the habitat provided by Southeast South Dakota’s landscape.

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Thousands of hunters descend upon the southeast region of the state in the fall for their chance at the wily pheasant. Southeast South Dakota towns are just waiting to host

your hunting trip. Hotels and restaurants gear up for the season with special menus and friendly people to make your stay enjoyable.

Hunting is a year-round sport in southeast South Dakota. Small game, waterfowl and big game dominate the fall hunting seasons. Predator hunting fills the winter months, and spring signals the start of turkey hunting. The avid hunter will find Southeast South Dakota a virtual hunter’s paradise. Though pheasant and deer are the most popular, hunters may find addi-

tional hunts for partridge, quail, dove, coyote and fox.

PHEASANT

Traditional season: MidOctober through early January. Season opens October 18, 2014. Preserve season: September through March. Range and Habitat: Pheasants prefer agricultural fields, wooded draws, tree strips, wetlands and set-aside acres. Most of South Dakota is privately owned. Permission is required to hunt, but public lands such as Game Production


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Areas and Walk-In Areas offer choice habitat for pheasants. Early in the season, pheasants are scattered in small flocks, but winter’s fury pushes birds into heavy cover and concentrates them. Tree strips, cattail sloughs and dense weed patches hold pheasants this time of year. Search for small, out-of-the-way pockets that may have escaped the hunting pressure of large groups. Small sloughs, plum thickets or even fence line vegetation hold pheasants. Prepare for the weather. Fall weather conditions range from 70 0 to below zero wind chill.

GEESE

Traditional Fall Season: September to December.

Range and Habitat: The Missouri River corridor is the main route for more than 400,000 migrating Canada geese, and eastern South Dakota attracts 350,000 snowand blue-geese migrants.

DUCKS

Traditional Season: September to December.

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Range and Habitat: More than 15 million ducks migrate annually through South Dakota.

Well camouflaged bowhunter

They include mallards, gadwall, pintails and teal. The migration peaks in mid-November along the Missouri River.

PRAIRIE TURKEY

Traditional Season: Spring firearm and archery, mid- April to mid-May. Fall prairie turkey, early October through Jan.

Range and Habitat: In the eastern portion of the state, turkeys prefer the woods and

brushy hillsides of rivers, as well as tree belts.

EAST RIVER DEER

Traditional Season: Firearm, mid-late November to early December. Archery, late September to mid-January.

Range and Habitat: East of the Missouri River, deer hunters will find crops such as corn, oats, wheat, sunflowers and soybeans attracting the whitetail

deer population. Mule deer hunting is limited to counties bordering the Missouri River. Rolling pastures, tree strips, river bottoms and cattail sloughs provide escape cover.

For more information about hunting seasons, fees and regulations, contact the South Dakota Dept. of Game, Fish & Parks, 523 E Capitol Ave, Pierre, SD 57501. Call (605) 223-7660 or visit www.gfp.sd.gov.

Hunting Guide s/ Outfitters Cogan House North Lodge & Dakota Custom Hunt Office: 31133 Bon Homme Road, Tabor, SD 57063 Located on Missouri River and Lewis & Clark Trail. Professional guides or unguided hunts for pheasant, ducks, geese, archery deer or turkey. Fishing-boat launch 1/4 mile away. Cogan B&B or farmhouse - rent for your hunt or a peaceful getaway. Complete kitchen, satellite TV, ample parking. 6 miles east of Springfield, SD. Email: mccanns@TheCoganHouse.com 605-464-1046 • www.TheCoganHouse.com

Mike Kuchera’s South Dakota Guide Service, Inc. Office: 135 E. 2nd Ave., PO Box 10, Mitchell, SD 57301 Premiere complete guided hunting packages for ringneck pheasants on the farms of southeastern South Dakota. With deluxe accommodations based out of Mitchell. A Tradition of Excellence since 1972! Also offer separate sharp-tail grouse and prairie chicken hunts and European driven pheasant hunts. 605-996-1120 • www.sdpheasants.com

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PHEASANT HUNTING If there’s one common denominator in the pheasant hunting forecast business, it’s an obsession with the weather. Year after year, when the time comes to start making forecasts for the coming ring-neck season, the first factor that gets mentioned is the weather. In South Dakota the weather is always in the forefront.

In an average winter, 10 to 20 percent of the birds that make it through the hunting season die before spring. If you look at the populations from August through the following spring, normal losses are probably close to 50 percent.

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Pheasants can sustain those kinds of losses because, like most prey species, they are capable of producing an astonishing number of offspring. In those “normal” years, a good pheasant hatch will include from seven to ten young birds for every adult.

In other words, upwards of 80 percent of the birds bagged will only be a few months old. Reproduction is again the key to hunting prospects.

To estimate how successful reproduction has been, South Dakota conservation officers conduct summer brood surveys

Photo by Lori Rothenberger

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in early August. The numbers are usually tabulated by Labor Day, and pheasant biologists use them to make an estimate of what the population has done since the previous year.

Even in areas where the winter was most severe, quality winter habitat allows birds to survive. Windbreak trees, planted in large enough blocks to prevent them from drifting shut, often makes the difference.

When hunting public land it’s up to the hunter to determine if they will have a successful hunt. Although Game Production Areas and Waterfowl Production Areas are managed for wildlife, the amount and quality of winter cover varies among them. The best bet is to look for tracts that have wide shelterbelts or terrain that could have provided protection from the wind.


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SO U T H E A ST R EGION South Dakota Kayak Challenge, Missouri National Recreational River

COME AND DO A LITTLE

RIVER RAMBLING

OUR LAKES & RIVERS OFFER PRISTINE WATERS, PICTURESQUE SCENERY, HISTORICAL SITES AND ABUNDANT WILDLIFE. ith so many beautiful lakes and rivers, Southeast South Dakota is perfect for canoeing and kayaking. Paddlers can immerse themselves in the region’s natural beauty. Canoe and kayak outings can be combined with fishing, swimming, camping or hiking along the shoreline. Canoe/kayak trips

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can be just a couple of hours or a week-long adventure.

Identify all access areas and hazards before beginning. Sometimes portages are needed to get around dams, fences and sandbars. Always have a contingency plan to get off the river if weather or river/lake conditions change or a paddler becomes sick or tired.

Most shorelines in South Dakota are privately owned. Permission must be secured before going on the land. River sandbars may appear to be excellent camping sites but water levels can rise quickly. South Dakota law requires that non-motorized boats over 12 feet long, including canoes and kayaks, be licensed in

South Dakota or another state. The registration decal must be shown on each side of the bow. Every person in the watercraft must have an approved personal flotation device that fits properly, is readily available and in serviceable condition.

Below, we’ve listed some of the most popular waters for canoe and kayak excursions:

BIG SIOUX RIVER

With good water levels in the spring and early summer, it is possible to paddle from US 14 near Brookings to the river’s confluence with the Missouri

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ocated on SD Highway 34, Madison is nestled between Lake Herman and Lake Madison. Less than an hour from the hustle & bustle of Sioux Falls, Madison offers a slower pace, a friendly welcome and an uncluttered scenery. We have two golf courses, a new aquatic center, two state park & recreation areas, a 4.2 mile recreational trail, and water sports on five area lakes. Prairie Village, two miles west of town, hosts the Motongator Joe’s Country Music Festival & the Northern Bull Riding Tour each June, as well as the Annual Steam Threshing Jamboree each August. An Annual Chamber Craft Show & Sell takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Hunting & snowmobiling are available in season. Rich, rolling farmland around Madison means plent y of natural beaut y. The bount y of our wildlife is fully realized in the amazing work of Madison’s

It’s all about a slower pace. Step out of the rat-race for awhile and dip your toes in the lake, there’s plenty of space. Inset: Tee off on two scenic golf courses.

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Lakes Golf Course (605) 483-3535 Madison Golf & Country Club (605) 256-3991 Prairie Village (605) 256-3644

hometown artist, John C. Green, whose studio is on our mainstreet. Madison is the proud home of Dakota State Universit y, leading the way in integrating technology in every major and nationally recognized cyber securit y programs; and the Madison Technology Center, a state of the art campus built specifically to house high tech businesses. You’ll find a wide variet y

of accommodations including national chain motels and rustic resort cabins. Throw in great dining options and boutique shopping and you’ll see that Madison has everything you want. Call us or visit our website for more information or for free brochures.

Smith-Zimmermann Museum (605) 256-5308 LODGING AmericInn Lodge & Suites Hwy 34 & Washington Ave. (605) 256-3076 www.americinn.com Birds Nest, Inc 44522 236th Street Winfred • (605) 480-5105 Camp Lakodia, LLC South Shore of Lake Madison (605) 256-2265 www.camplakodia.com Lakes Lodge SE Side of Lake Madison 20 Golf Drive • (605) 483-3544 www.golfatthelakes.com Super 8 Motel 219 N Highland • (605) 256-6931 www.super8.com

Madison Chamber of Commerce, 315 S Egan Ave, Madison, SD 57042 • Phone (605) 256-2454 Fax (605) 256-9606 • email: office@chamberofmadisonsd.com • www.chamberofmadisonsd.com

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Armour (Kid’s Pond)

Armour

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Beaver Lake

Hartford

300

Beaver Lake

Utica

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Brant Lake

Chester

943

Burbank Lake

Burbank

100

Clear Lake

Colton

472

Corsica Lake

Corsica

110

Covell Lake (Kid’s Pond)

Sioux Falls

15

Dell Rapids Dam

Dell Rapids

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Diamond Lake

Franklin

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Dimock Lake

Dimock

75

Ethan

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Forsch Lake

Salem

160

Fulton Lake

Fulton

18

Grass Lake

Humboldt

340

Spencer

100

Island Lake

Franklin

250

Jansen Lake

Emery

Lake Alvin

Harrisburg

90

Ramona

230

Lake Carthage

Carthage

203

Lake Hanson

Alexandria

55

Scotland

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Madison

1,350

Lake Lakota

Canton

90

Lake Madison

Madison

2,800

Lake Mitchell

Mitchell

670

Lake Yankton

Yankton

250

Lewis & Clark Lake

Yankton

29,000

Long Lake

Franklin

257

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274 80

Dolton

431

Hurley

182

Tripp Lake

Tripp

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Tyndall (Kid’s Pond)

Tyndall

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Canistota

550

Hartford

207

Westside (Kid’s Pond)

Yankton

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James River

307

Missouri River

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Vermillion River

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Split Rock Creek

Dock

Boat Ramp

Camping

Toilet

Rainbow Trout

Brown Trout

Silver Lake

Vermillion Lake

Swan Lake

Wall Lake

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Hartford

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McCook Lake

Humboldt

Scott Lake

Humboldt

Marion

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Loss Lake

Marion (Kid’s Pond)

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Lost Lake

159

Lake Henry

139

Lake Herman

Emery

Lake Badus

Volin

Gross Lake

Lyons Lake

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Ethan Dam

Marindahl Lake

Walleye

256

Sturgeon

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Saugeye

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Sauger

Perch

Northern Pike

Crappie

Muskie

Catfish

Bluegill

FACILITIES

Bullhead

Smallmouth Bass

White Bass

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Largemouth Bass

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FISH SPECIES

FISHING WATERS & FISH SPECIES


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REEL IN THE FUN

THE FISHING IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA IS ALWAYS A GOOD TIME! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? outheastern South Dakota has more than 175 fishing lakes ranging in size from three to 29,000 acres. Glacial lakes exist in this region in addition to numerous man-made lakes. Three major rivers course through the region: the Big Sioux River, James River and Missouri River, which includes Lewis and Clark Lake, a 30-mile-long Missouri River reservoir.

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This region welcomes fishermen year-round with open seasons on most species of fish. Along with private and city campgrounds, 10 state parks and recreation areas provide over 1,000 campsites to fishing visitors. A host of resorts and hotels are available for those who prefer the comforts of soft beds and cable TV.

The most fished species in this region includes walleye, sauger, channel catfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bullhead, bluegill, perch and crappie.

Walleye and bass compete for top honors in this region. Lewis and Clark Lake, above Gavins Point Dam, draws anglers from across the nation for its alluring combination of largemouth and smallmouth bass. Backwater bays, sandbar drop-offs, creeks and stands of rushes provide habitat for both species. Walleye, sauger and catfish also make up the catches for Lewis and Clark anglers.

Panfishermen will want to look for shallow weed beds during the spring and drop-offs during the summer. Still-fishing

with a small jig or fly fishing with wet flies or small poppers is effective for bluegills.

For young and old alike, nothing keeps fishing attention longer than bullheads. Good bullhead waters include most lakes and the Big Sioux and James Rivers.

Other popular fishing waters: Splitrock Creek, Marindahl Lake, Lake Madison, Lake Herman, Lake Mitchell, Lake Yankton, Vermillion Lake, Lake Alvin, McCook Lake, Lake Lakota and Lake Henry.

ACCESSIBLE FISHING DOCKS

Handicap accessible fishing docks have been installed in a number of state parks, including Lake Herman, Newton Hills, Lake Vermillion, Lake Alvin, Lewis & Clark and Springfield Recreation Areas. These docks feature low railings, accessible ramps, sidewalks and nearby parking.

FREE FISHING WEEKEND

South Dakota fishing waters, excluding tribal trust land, are open to anyone May 16-18, 2014 to fish without a license. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce someone to the sport of fishing or to try your luck for the first time.

PADDLEFISHING

Anglers interested in paddlefishing have two options: a summer archery season or a fall snagging season. Both seasons occur in the Missouri River downstream from Gavins Point

Family Fishing Dam, near Yankton, the only area where they can be taken legally in South Dakota. Resident and non-resident anglers who wish to paddlefish must apply for a limited number of paddlefish tags.

GAVINS POINT NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY AND AQUARIUM

Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium, near Yankton, raises the endangered pallid sturgeon and the paddlefish, which is a “species of concern” in many states. The fish are spawned and later released to increase or maintain fish populations in the wild. The pallid sturgeon is an ancient fish that can grow up to six feet long and weigh 85 pounds, with a lifespan of up to 100 years. Portions of the hatchery are

open to the public. Guided tours may be arranged for groups by contacting the hatchery at 605665-3352. For more information about the hatchery, visit www.fws.gov/gavinspoint/

ICE FISHING

South Dakota’s fishing season never closes. Your annual license is good yearround.

For the true sportsman with a warm disposition and a good down parka, ice fishing can be a great relief to cabin fever. You’ll find plenty of frozen lakes to explore with good fishing all winter long.

For more information about fees and regulations, contact the S.D. Dept. of Game, Fish & Parks, at (605) 223-7660 or visit www.gfp.sd.gov.

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SO U T H E A ST R EGION Reenactors at Spirit Mound, Vermillion

RETRACE THE STEPS OF

LEWIS & CLARK

THE CORPS OF DISCOVERY EXPLORED THIS AREA 200 YEARS AGO. MAKE DISCOVERIES OF YOUR OWN AS YOU FOLLOW THE TRAIL. FIRST ELECTION WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI

Following the death of Sgt. Charles Floyd, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark needed a sergeant to replace him. A vote was held Aug. 22, 1804. Patrick Gass received 19 votes in what is believed to be the first election by U.S. citizens west of the Mississippi. A marker in Elk Point memorializes the event. A wayside exhibit in the park provides additional Lewis & Clark information.

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Lewis and Clark encountered tribes who told them of 18-inch devils, armed with arrows, inhabiting a prairie hill. The story sparked Lewis and Clark’s interest, and on August 25, 1804, they set off on foot to investi-

gate. The men hiked for four hours in the sweltering heat. At the top, the infamous devils were nowhere to be found. But the explorers did see an incredible sight: a herd of nearly 800 buffalo grazing in the distance. Spirit Mound stands along Hwy. 19, six miles north of Vermillion. Over 300 acres of prairie are being restored to original grasses and there is a 3/4 mile hiking trail to the summit of Spirit Mound with interpretive signage.

LEWIS AND CLARK VISITOR CENTER

On Aug. 30, 1804 the expedition had its first council with the Yankton Sioux at Calumet Bluff. The two groups met under the shade of an oak tree. Lewis delivered his customary speech, promoting commerce with the United

States, and presented the chiefs with gifts of tobacco, clothing and medals. The council continued into the next day, when the chiefs gave their own speeches. The Yanktons prepared a feast. The Lewis and Clark Visitor Center is a great place to learn more about this historic expedition, the tribes they encountered and the Missouri River itself. Built on a bluff overlooking Lewis and Clark Lake, the center offers incredible photo opportunities. Take Highway 52 west from Yankton and follow the bridge across Gavins Point Dam.

RUNNING WATER

On Sept. 2, 1806, on their return trip, the explorers had a tense moment near present-day Running Water. The men, in several canoes, passed a group of Indians, which Clark took to

be a “war party” on shore. When shots rang out, Clark gathered 15 men and ran towards the directions of the shots. The so-called “war party” turned out to be a group of Yankton shooting at an empty keg the explorers had thrown into the river. Realizing his mistake, Clark invited the Yankton to smoke pipes and exchange news, which they did. An interpretive panel near the bridge which now spans the Missouri at Running Water commemorates the incident. A scenic overlook provides a spectacular view.

ADAMS HOMESTEAD & NATURE PRESERVE

At Adams Nature Preserve, located near North Sioux City, you can observe one of the last free-flowing segments of the Missouri River. Miles of hiking and biking trails crisscross the preserve.

INTERPRETIVE PANELS

The Lewis & Clark Trail is a driving route that follows the Missouri River. Interpretive panels along the trail mark interesting sites and stories from the journey.


Making History Then and Now

As early as Aug. 22, 1804, Elk Point was making news. Lewis & Clark camped here to elect Patrick Gass as sergeant to replace Charles Floyd, who had died 2 days earlier – the first election by U.S. citizens west of the Mississippi! And it was here on the return trip that a trapper relayed their first news of civilization. See our Lewis & Clark Wayside Exhibit for the whole story.

Get an old-fashioned welcome from sponsors like these: City of Elk Point Campground Edgar’s Ol’ Fashioned Soda Fountain Hometown Inn Ollie’s Drive Inn Rose Tree Advertising Union County Historical Society Museum

Still Making News Today – Elk Point was first settled in 1859 along the Military Road from Sioux Cit y to Ft. Randall. Throughout our history, we continued to make headlines. Our progressive schools, affordable housing, health clinic, golf course, swimming pool, park & campground, baseball complex, bike path, hunting, fishing and recreational opportunities are among the amenities that have earned us kudos as “the best place to live in rural America” ... “the 9th fastest growing in terms of family income” in almost 4000 U.S. counties ... “the #1 area for business recruitment in areas with less than 200,000 population.” Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant boasts a 4-star rating and Midwest Living readers voted Edgar’s Ol’ Fashioned Soda Fountain “the best ice cream shop in the Midwest.”

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Yet the hometown values remain in our friendly town with old fashioned street lights, historic sites and welcoming smiles. We’d love to have you visit….. we would love to have you stay! Elk Point, SD • Interstate 29, Exit 15 & 18 • (605) 356-2141 • www.elkpoint.org

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Start your trip on a high note. The National Music Museum is home to over 15,000 instruments. Stop and see everything from Stradivarius violins to Sergeant Pepper’s trumpet. The National Music Museum: a major attraction — only minuets away.

National Music Museum | The University of South Dakota 414 East Clark Street | Vermillion, SD 57069 605.677.5306 | nmmusd.org

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Farmer’s Market

Ribs, Rods & Ro ck ‘n Roll

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Shakes peare F estival

ermillion is a communit y of 10,500 people located atop a bluff of the Missouri River and offers wonderful amenities for every visitor.

instruments by Antonio Stradivari, and one of Johnny Cash’s favorite guitars.

Historic Downtown

The river forms much of the South Dakota and Nebraska border. Designated a National Wild and Scenic River by the National Park Service, it f lows quickly past chalk bluffs, and native trees and prairie grasses provide habitat for endangered wildlife. Enjoy boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking and bird watching.

features dining, art, musical entertainment and specialt y shops. Enjoy live music outdoors at Ratingen Platz during summer’s “Thursdays on the Platz,” and the Ribs, Rods & Rock ‘n Roll BBQ Championship in SD each September.

National Music Museum View more than 15,000 rare, antique musical instruments from around the world and all ages of history at this internationally famous museum. Nine galleries showcase instruments from America, Europe and many non-Western countries. Some highlights include a Javanese gamelan,

The Missouri National Recreational River

Clay County Park Situated along the banks of the Missouri River, the park offers 34 acres

of camping facilities, picnic areas, playground, nature trails, boat ramp and fishing dock. A combined effort of Clay Count y and SD Game, Fish and Parks, the park is located 4 miles SW of Vermillion, 605-624-5571.

Valiant Vineyards Winery at Buffalo Run Resort is South Dakota’s oldest winery. Located in a picturesque setting along the Vermillion River, the winery and its inviting décor offers a relaxing escape from the ordinary for lunch, wine tasting, and tours. Extend your visit to enjoy the hospitalit y of the Buffalo Run Resort. Thursday s on the Platz

More Attractions:

ver l Recreational Ri Missouri Nationa

USD, DakotaDome, Prentis Park, Bluffs Golf Course, Oscar Howe Art Gallery, SD Shakespeare Festival, Austin-Whittemore Museum

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Vermillion close to everything. far from ordinary.

ic Museum National Mus

Spirit Mound is one of the most significant Lewis and Clark sites in South Dakota and one of the few remaining where we know with certaint y that the explorers actually stood. The visitor site includes interpretive signs and a hiking trail to the summit.

W. H. Over Museum & Tourism Info Center offers the Lewis and Clark Learning Center along with a mural depicting their walk up Spirit Mound on August 25, 1804. View animals and plants native to the prairie and cultural treasures of European homesteaders. Enjoy Dakota and Lakota artifacts and historic photographs.

7 miles west of I-29 between Sioux Falls, SD and Sioux City, IA 116 Market Street Vermillion, SD 57069 1-800-809-2071 vcdc@vermillionchamber.com www.vermillioncvb.com Photos by Chad Cable and South Dakota Tourism

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River. Paddlers favor the segment from Lien Park in Sioux Falls to Newton Hills State Park. Spring and summer are the best times to paddle this stretch of river. Points of interest along the way include the Big Sioux Recreation Area, Gitchie Manitou Park, the old Klondike Mills site and Newton Hills State Park. Both Big Sioux and Newton Hills have canoe launch sites and camping facilities where a park entrance license is required. Note, there are several low head dams where your watercraft must be portaged to the other side.

SPLIT ROCK CREEK

If you are a white-water paddler, the high water flow in spring and the summer rains make the Split Rock Creek just the place for you. Winding through scenic northeastern Minnehaha County you'll eventually meet up with the Big Sioux River east of Sioux Falls. With an elevation drop of 130 feet in eight miles from the SD 11 access west of Garretson, through Palisades State Park, to the SD 11 access, north of Corson, there are stretches that can be hazardous for the inexperienced in white-water paddling. You’ll find access

points at Palisades State Park, right-of-ways that cross the river, as well as at McHardy Park in Brandon. The sheer walls of red quartzite that line portions of the creek provide a scenic trip for paddlers.

VERMILLION RIVER

From spring to fall the scenic Vermillion River can generally be paddled from Centerville south to the Missouri River. Launching access may be found at rights-of-way that cross the river. Colorful fall foliage is especially showy from Vermillion southward.

MISSOURI RIVER

Exploring the Missouri River by canoe or kayak is something you'll never forget. This river experience is not for the novice paddler. The Missouri is a big river that on windy days looks more like a large reservoir with white-capped waves that can easily swamp a canoe. There are no rapids, but sunken sandbars, snags and other obstacles abound. The Missouri is 20 feet or more deep in places. Know your paddling ability and don't exceed it. Two segments are administered by the National Park Service as the Missouri National Recreational River. For more information, see page 54 or visit www.nps.gov/mnrr.

Kayaking on Split Rock Creek

JAMES RIVER

The James River is a prairie stream that meanders back and forth, curves around and even turns back on itself. It has been called the longest unnavigable river in the world. Fortunately, this distinction doesn’t apply to paddlers who travel the river in spring and early summer. You never know what's around the next bend. It could be a picturesque pastoral scene, a flock of geese or a whitetail deer drinking at the water’s edge. There are several access points near US and SD Highways.

LAKES TO PADDLE

Many South Dakota state parks have lakes that have easy access and are fun to paddle. These parks include Chief White Crane and Lewis and Clark Recreation Areas near Yankton, Lake Alvin near Harrisburg, Lake Herman State Park and Walkers Point Recreation Area near Madison, Lake Vermillion near Montrose and Newton Hills State Park near Canton. For more info on state parks contact S.D. Game, Fish & Parks at 605-773-3391 or visit www.gfp.sd.gov.

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Large Groups & Buses Welcome Advance notice requested


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Yankton Chamber & Visitor Center www.VisitYanktonSD.com • 605-665-3636 facebook.com/visityankton

Lewis & Clark Recreation Area Marina • Resort

Lewis & Clark Recreation Area www.lewisandclarkpark.com • Park: 605-668-2985 Marina: 605-665-3111 • Resort: 605-665-2680 Camping Reservations: 1-800-710-CAMP or www.CampSD.com

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THE MISSOURI NATIONAL RECREATIONAL RIVER PART OF THE NATION’S WILD AND SCENIC RIVER SYSTEM he Missouri National Recreational River preserves two stretches of the Missouri River. It is a meandering, living river — no dams or channelization. Forming much of the border between South Dakota and Nebraska, it is also part of the nation’s Wild and Scenic River system. Congress added the 59mile reach between Gavins Point Dam and Ponca State Park in 1978 and the 39-mile reach, which includes the lower 20 miles of the Niobrara River and the lower eight miles of Verdigre Creek, between Ft. Randall Dam and Running Water in 1991.

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In the eastern reach the "Big Muddy" is vast, spectacular and unique, flowing fast past chalk bluffs, some as high as 100 feet. The river valley is as wide as two miles in some places, a testament to the twists and turns the river has taken over the last several thousand years. Islands, bars, and chutes still attest to the river’s dynamic character.

The river in the western reach is more than 20 feet deep, with thick groves of willow and cottonwood trees growing on numerous islands and sandbars. Limestone bluffs rise 250 feet over the untamed river. The main channel twists and turns in gnarled braids from one shore to the other, and the river flows slower, sometimes as slow as a lazy two miles per hour.

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Native floodplain forests, tall and mixed grass prairie remnants, and the rivers and tributaries themselves provide habitat for several endangered and threatened bird and fish species.

FISHING AND HUNTING

Walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, and catfish are popular catches. In season hunters take geese, ducks, quail, turkeys, pheasants and deer. Licenses are required.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Most visitors come to the Missouri National Recreational River for its refreshing water and premier boating, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Exploring the "Big Muddy" by canoe or kayak is something you'll never forget. This recreational activity, however, is not for the novice paddler, and requires appropriate watercraft. You can also camp, tour powerhouses and historic sites, birdwatch, visit a fish hatchery and aquarium, and explore quiet trails.

LEWIS AND CLARK POINTS OF INTEREST

The MNRR region can serve as a microcosm of the Lewis & Clark expedition. It is in this region they recorded their first impressions and descriptions of Plains Indians tribes. Their council with the Yankton Sioux demonstrated their diplomatic efforts. Clark drew maps of this part of the river. Joseph Fields killed the party's first bison near today's Burbank, SD. And the only death on the expedition occurred near the park.

One place to explore the Lewis and Clark saga is at the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center at Gavins Point Dam. It provides a particularly useful introduction to the story. The visitor center offers views of the river, Lewis and Clark Lake and Gavins Point Dam as well as exhibits, a theater, and a bookstore.

Visit online: www.nps.gov/mnrr

Boating on Lewis & Clark Lake, Yankton

Request a Free Brochure for the

Missouri National Recreational River

This brochure contains a map of the river along with information about history, highlights and activities on the river. Call to request your free copy

1-888-353-7382


MADISON

Prairie Village Campground, 2 miles west on Hwy. 34 & 81, 1-800-693-3644

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MITCHELL

KOA Mitchell 41255 S.D. Hwy. 38, 605-996-1131

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N. SIOUX CITY

Sioux City North KOA, 675 Streeter Drive 1-800-562-5439, 605-232-4519

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PARKSTON

Dakota HorizInn, 205 N. SD Hwy. 37 800-883-3021, 605-928-3021

SALEM SIOUX FALLS

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Camp America Campground 25495 US 81, 605-425-9085

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Sioux Falls KOA, I-90 Exit 399 1-800-KOA-9865, 605-332-9987

124

Tower Campground 4501 W. 12th Street, 605-332-1173

99

W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds, 100 N. Lyon Blvd. 605-367-7178

251

Yogi Bear Camp Resort, 26014 478th Ave. Brandon, 605-332-2233, 800-638-9043

154

TEA

Red Barn RV Park, 47003 272nd Street I-29, Exit 73, 605-368-2268

74

VERMILLION

Clay County Campground, Timber Road 4 mi. SW of Vermillion off SD 50, 800-809-2071

44

YANKTON

Missouri River KOA, 807 Bill Baggs Rd, 605-260-1010, 800-562-7218

73

6

9

Dump Station

Showers

Call for info

May 1 to Oct. 1

Late Spring to Early Fall

SO U T H E A ST R EGION

12

Months Open

Mayfield Camping, 44398 SD Hwy. 46, 8 miles west of Irene, 605-263-3490

Guest Laundry

IRENE

Hiking Trail

16

Playground

City Park Campground, 1 mile east of Hwys. 32 & 13 Intersection, 605-997-2492

Swimming

FLANDREAU

Fishing

23

Picnic Shelters

City Park Campground I-29, Exit 18, 605-356-2141

Boat Dock

ELK POINT

PRIVATE CAMPGROUNDS

Boat Ramp

Handicap Access Cabins

8+

Tent Sites

Ingalls Homestead 20812 Homestead Rd., 1-800-776-3594

Camping Cabins

Handicap Access Sites

DE SMET

Electric Sites

NAME/ADDRESS/PHONE

Pull -Through Sites

CITY/TOWN

Number of Campsites

CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY

All Year

17

4

May 1 to Oct. 1

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May 1 to Nov. 1

Apr. 1 to Nov. 15

April to November

May 1 to Oct. 31

Apr. 15 to Oct. 15

All Year

Apr. 15 to Oct. 31

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1

6

1

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March to October May to October

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STATE CAMPGROUNDS BERESFORD

Union Grove State Park 11 mi. S of Beresford off I-29, 605-987-2263

26

BRANDON

Big Sioux Recreation Area, 4 mi. S of Brandon off I-90, Exit 406, 605-582-7243

50

1

44

6

3

2

CANISTOTA

Lake Vermillion Recreation Area 5 mi. S of I-90, Exit 374, 605-296-3643

94

2

90

4

7

5

CANTON

Newton Hills State Park 6 mi. S of Canton off Co. 135, 605-987-2263

127

2

109

8

8

2

GARRETSON

Palisades State Park, 7 mi. N , 1 mi. W of I-90, Exit 410, 605-594-3824

34

1

22

12

6

2

MADISON

Lake Herman State Park, 2 mi. W of Madison off SD 34, 605-256-5003

72

2

69

2

2

2

2

Walker’s Point Recreation Area, 9 mi. SE of Madison off SD 19, 605-256-5003

43

1

42

1

2

2

1

SPRINGFIELD

Springfield Recreation Area, 1 mi. E of Springfield off SD 37, 605-668-2985

21

1

TABOR

Tabor Lakeside Use Area, (primitive camping) 6 mi. S of Tabor off SD 52, 605-668-2985

8+

YANKTON

Chief White Crane Recreation Area 5 mi. SW of Yankton off SD 52, 605-668-2985

147

2

145

Lewis & Clark Recreation Area 6 mi. SW of Yankton off SD 52, 605-668-2985

417

4

Pierson Ranch Recreation Area 4 mi. SW of Yankton off SD 52, 605-668-2985

68

1

20

2 • 2

10

2

409

17

3

68

2

1

All Year

• 1

8

4

Apr. 1 to Oct. 31

All Year

All Year

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE PARKS RESERVATION SYSTEM: 1-800-710-CAMP(2267) OR WWW.CAMPSD.COM The reservation system is open year round. Reserve modern, semi-modern and equestrian campsites in most state parks and recreation areas. Campsites are reservable from late May through Labor Day. Big Sioux, Lewis & Clark, Newton Hills and Palisades also accept autumn reservations through early October. At other times of the year, campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can also reserve picnic shelters and camping cabins year round. Reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance. Reservations are accepted as few as two days prior to arrival when using a credit card, or 10 days for other payment methods. Lewis & Clark has designated sameday reservation campsites. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these listings, all information is subject to change.

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Best Western U-Bar Motel, 130 Ash St, 605-296-3466, 800-566-8227

30

DAKOTA DUNES

Country Inn & Suites, 151 Tower Rd, 605-232-3500, 800-456-4000

70

ELK POINT

Hometowne Inn, 909 W. Main St, 605-356-2667

18

FREEMAN

Fensel’s Motel & Gift Shop, 500 N. Hwy 81, 605-925-4204, 800-658-3319

10

Freeman Country Inn, 1019 S. Hwy. 81, 605-925-4888

27

Comfort Inn & Suites, 2020 Highland Way, 605-990-2400, 1-800-4CHOICE

72

Days Inn, 1506 S. Burr, 605-996-6208, 800-329-7466

68

Hampton Inn, 1920 Highland Way, 605-995-1575, 866-252-2900

75

Holiday Inn Express, 810 E. Spruce, 605-292-9292

82

Thunderbird Lodge, 1601 S. Burr St, 605-996-6645, 800-996-2810

48

Red Carpet Inn & Suites, 110 Sodrac Dr, 605-232-9600, 866-232-9698

35

N. SIOUX CITY

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• •

• •

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PARKSTON

Dakota HorizInn, Hwys. 44-37 1/2 mile north, 605-928-3021, 800-883-3021

43

SALEM

Home Motel, 361 S. Nebraska, 605-425-2828

15

SIOUX FALLS

AmericInn, 3508 S. Gateway Blvd, 605-361-3538, 800-634-3444

65

Best Western Empire Towers, 4100 W. Shirley Pl, 605-361-3118, 888-338-3118

62

Best Western PLUS Ramkota Hotel, 3200 W. Maple St, 605-336-0650

228

Center Inn, 900 E. 20th St, 605-334-9002, 800-456-0074

56

Clubhouse Hotel & Suites, 2320 S. Louise Ave., 605-361-8700, 866-534-8700

100

Country Inn & Suites, 200 E. 8th St, 605-373-0153, 800-456-4000

71

Days Inn Empire, 3401 Gateway Blvd, 605-361-9240, 800-DAYS INN

80

Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 4501 W. Empire Place, 605-361-2211, 1-800-228-2800

63

Guest House Inn & Suites, 3101 W. Russell St, 605-338-6242, 877-713-8106

43

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• •

• •

Airport Shuttle

Suites

Kitchenettes

68

Pets Allowed

48

Holiday Inn Express & Suites/Waterpark, 1103 N. Splitrock Blvd., 605-582-2901

Guest Laundry

Comfort Inn, 1105 N. Splitrock Blvd., 605-582-5777, 800-4CHOICE

Meeting Room

BRANDON

Exercise Room

Swimming Pool

10

Jacuzzi/Whirlpool

North Vue Motel, 509 Poplar St, 605-286-3202

Lounge on Premises

Handicap Accessible

AVON

Free Cont. Breakfast

NAME/ADDRESS/PHONE

HOTELS / MOTELS

MITCHELL

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CITY/TOWN

Number of Units

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Hampton Inn, I-29 Exit 78, 605-362-1700, 800-HAMPTON

99

Hilton Garden Inn South, 5300 S. Grand Circle, 605-444-4500

102

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Sioux Falls, 201 E. 8th St, 605-444-4700

136

Holiday Inn City Centre, 100 W. 8th, 605-339-2000

299

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 2501 S. Shirley Ave, 605-361-0122

116

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 3821 W. Avera Drive, 605-275-4155

92

Homewood Suites by Hilton, 3620 W. Avera Dr, 605-338-8585, 800-CallHome

95

My Place Extended Stay, 3005 S. Carolyn Ave, 605-271-9988, 855-200-5685

64

Quality Inn & Suites, 5410 N. Granite Lane, 605-336-1900

93

Ramada Sioux Falls, 407 S. Lyons Ave, 605-330-0000

66

Red Roof Inn, 3500 S. Gateway Blvd, 605-361-1864, 800-733-7663

98

Residence Inn by Marriott, 4509 W. Empire Place, 605-361-2202, 800-331-3131

66

Sleep Inn, 1500 N. Kiwanis Ave, 605-339-3992

65

Staybridge Suites, 2505 S. Carolyn Ave, 605-361-2298, 1-800-225-1237

90

Super 8 Motel, I-229 Exit 6, 2616 E. 10th St, 605-338-8881

58

Super 8 Motel, I-29 Exit 77, 4100 W. 41st St, 605-361-9719

91

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46

Holiday Inn Express, 1200 N. Dakota St, 605-624-7600

56

Best Western Kelly Inn, 1607 E. Hwy 50, 605-665-2906, 800-528-1234

121

Days Inn, 2410 Broadway, 605-665-8717, 800-DAYS INN

46

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 2607 Broadway, 605-665-3177

58

Lewis & Clark Resort, 43496 Lakeshore Dr, Lewis and Clark Lake, 605-665-2680

24

Grand Falls Casino Resort, 1415 Grand Falls Blvd, 712-777-7777

97

Salt Camp Cabins, West BIA #7, 605-747-2206

6

SIOUX FALLS

Humphrey’s Bed & Breakfast, 3901 S. Hawthorne, 605-338-9310

2

SPRINGFIELD

Broken Willow Lodge, 31149 SD Hwy. 37, 605-369-2565 4

North Lodge/Dakota Custom Hunt, 41876 Apple Tree Rd, 605-464-1046

3

Buffalo Run Resort/Valiant Vineyards, 1500 W. Main, 605-624-4500

YANKTON

Lewis & Clark Resort Cabins & Lodge, 43496 Lakeshore Dr, 605-665-2680

3 •

6

1

5

10

All Year

All Year

All Year

All Year

LR

All Year

All Year

All Year

• •

• •

LR •

• •

1

Cogan House, 31133 Bon Homme Road, Tabor, 605-464-1046

VERMILLION

• •

Months Open

ROSEBUD

Airport Shuttle

3

Kitchenettes/Kitchen Use

Country Cottage Hideaway, 28936 433rd Ave, 605-387-5256, 605-660-1410

Suites

MENNO

Guest Laundry

16

Pets Allowed

3

The Lakes Resort, 20 Golf Drive, Wentworth, 605-483-3544

• •

Meeting Room

Steever House Bed & Breakfast, 46850 276th St., 605-647-5055

MADISON

Breakfast Served

LENNOX

Restaurant on Premises

NAME/ADDRESS/PHONE

• •

TV in Unit

CITY/TOWN

Phone in Unit

BED & BREAKFASTS, LODGES & VACATION RENTALS

Handicap Accessible

LARCHWOOD, IA

Number of Units with Shared Bath

YANKTON

• •

SO U T H E A ST R EGION

Best Western Vermillion Inn, 701 W. Cherry, 605-624-8333

Kitchenettes

VERMILLION

11

Airport Shuttle

Shady Rest Motel, 1401 Main Street, 605-589-4002

Suites

TYNDALL

Pets Allowed

NAME/ADDRESS/PHONE

Guest Laundry

Meeting Room

Exercise Room

Jacuzzi/Whirlpool

Free Cont. Breakfast

Swimming Pool

Restaurant on Premises

Lounge on Premises

CITY/TOWN

Number of Units with Private Bath

Number of Units

CONTINUED

Handicap Accessible

HOTELS / MOTELS

• •

All Year

All Year

Apr-Oct

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2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS JANUARY 24 25 25

Dotsero Concert – Orpheum, Sioux Falls. 605-367-6000 Ice Fish Fest – Catfish Bay, Sioux Falls. 605-339-0911 Winter Women’s Try It Day – Outdoor Campus, Sioux Falls. 605-362-2777

7 7-8 14 14

Zippity Zoo Day – Great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls. 605-367-8313 Old Settlers Days – DeSmet. 605-854-3773 Luce Cabin Pioneer Day – Lake Herman, Madison. 605-256-5003 Homestead Days – Pierson Ranch Rec Area, Yankton. 605-665-2985

CZECH DAYS: JUNE 19-21

FEBRUARY 1 6 9 14 14-15

Beatles vs. Stones Concert – Corn Palace, Mitchell. 605-995-8430 RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles – Wash. Pav., Sioux Falls. 605-367-6000 Diamond Rio Concert – Corn Palace, Mitchell. 605-995-8430 Valentine Winemaker’s Dinner – Valiant Vineyards, Vermillion. 605-624-4500 Twilight Flights – Strawbale Winery, Renner. 605-543-5071

MARCH 7 7-8 8 7 22

Soul of John Black Concert – Orpheum, Sioux Falls. 605-335-6101 Bull Riding Classic – W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds, Sioux Falls, 605-367-7178 The Ten Tenors – Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls. 605-367-6000 Soul of John Black Concert – Orpheum, Sioux Falls. 605-335-6101 Jesse Lynch’s Jazz 101 – Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls. 605-367-6000

SCHMECKFEST: MARCH 21-22 & 28-29

Schmeckfest means “tasting festival”. Features a three course German meal, culinary and handicraft demos, historical presentations, exhibits concerts and a musical theater production of “Children of Eden”. 2014 will be the 56th annual festival! Freeman, 605-925-4237, www.schmeckfest.com

19-21 20-21 20-22 27-28 27-28 27-29 27-29 28 28

Teapot Days – Tea. 605-498-5191 Jamboree Days – Hartford. 605-528-3338 Summer Celebration – Marion. 605-648-2869 Prairie Hills Art Show – Wessington Springs. 605-539-1963 Automania – Brandon. 605-338-4884 Motongator Joe’s Country Music Festival – Madison. 605-256-3644 Quarry Days – Brandon. 605-428-4167 Carp-A-Thon – Palisades St Park, Garretson. 605-594-3824 Ribs at the Ranch – Freeman Academy, Freeman. 605-925-4237

JULY 3-6 4 5 5-6

125th Anniversary Celebration – Garretson. www.garretsonsd.us July 4th Fireworks & Celebrations – Communities GPS Cache Dash – Lewis & Clark Rec Area, Yankton. 605-665-2985 Archeology Awareness Days – Prehistoric Indian Village, Mitchell.

605-996-5473

APRIL 12 12-13 15 19 19 23 25-26

Enjoy old European traditions including Czech foods, music, polka dance-off contest, kolache baking demos, souvenirs, parades, entertainment, museums, folk dancing, pedal tractor pull, craft fair, quilt show, fireworks and more. Tabor, 605-463-2476, www.taborczechdays.com

Hairball Concert – Corn Palace, Mitchell. 605-995-8430 Arabian Spring Horse Show – Fairgrounds, Sioux Falls, 605-367-7178 Joe Bonamassa Concert – Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls. 605-367-6000 “Memphis” the Musical – Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls. 605-367-6000 Party for the Planet – Great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls. 605-367-8313 Red Green on Tour – Corn Palace, Mitchell. 605-995-8430 Dakota Conference: Spanish Northern Plains – Sioux Falls. 605-274-4007

10-13 12-13 12-13

Hot Harley Nights – Sioux Falls. 605-334-2721 Summer Arts Festival – Brookings. 605-692-2787 Railroad Days – Prairie Village, Madison. 605-256-3644

LAURA INGALLS WILDER PAGEANT: JULY 11-13, 18-20 & 25-27 Unique outdoor theatre experience held on the prairie south of DeSmet. Actors will bring Laura’s book, “These Happy Golden Years”, to life. DeSmet, 800-776-3594 or 800-800-3383, www.desmetpageant.org

MAY 2-3 2-4

Walleye Fishing Tournament – Platte. 888-297-8175 South Dakota Birding Festival – Wagner Area. 605-384-3741

CORN PALACE STAMPEDE RODEO: JULY 17-20

FREE FISHING WEEKEND: MAY 16-18

Annual PRCA Rodeo featuring professional cowboys from throughout the US. Parade on Saturday. Cowboy Church and Chili cook-off on Sunday. Mitchell, 605-770-4919 www.cornpalacestampede.com

South Dakota's fishing waters, excluding tribal trust land, are open to anyone this weekend to fish without a license. There is also free entrance into all State Parks during the entire weekend. State Parks, 605-773-3391, www.gfp.sd.gov 17 17 17 17-18 21-25 24 24-25 24-25 31 31

Spring Fling – Great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls. 605-367-8313 Fabulous Family Fishing – Palisades, Garretson. 605-594-3824 Youth Activity Day – Newton Hills State Park, Canton. 605-987-2263 Spring Open House – Wilde Prairie Winery, Brandon. 605-310-7384 “Jersey Boys” the Musical – Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls. 605-367-6000 Family Fun Amazing Race – Newton Hills State Pk, Canton. 605-296-3643 SDRA Foothills Rodeo – Wessington Springs. 605-539-1929 South Dakota Kayak Challenge – Yankton, Missouri River. 605-864-9011 Riverboats, Roads & Rails – Dak. Territorial Museum, Yankton. 605-665-3898 Dutch Over Gathering – Pierson Ranch Rec Area, Yankton. 605-665-2985

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Celebrate Rhubarb Day – W.H. Over Museum, Vermillion. 605-677-5228 Northern Bull Riding Tour – Prairie Village, Madison. 605-256-3644 Downtown Block Party on the Eastbank – Sioux Falls. 605-338-4009

JAZZFEST: JULY 17-19

JazzFest is a three-day outdoor musical event, featuring two stages and a wide variety of music including jazz, blues, Zydeco, Latin, reggae, big band, rock, soul, funk and more. FREE to the public! Sioux Falls, 605-335-6101 www.jazzfestsiouxfalls.com 16 18-20 19-21 25-26 25-26 26

Hot Summer Nites: Vettes & Harleys – Sioux Falls. 605-338-4009 Flandreau Powwow Days – Flandreau. 605-997-3891 Danish Viking Days – Viborg. 605-326-5344 Play in Platte Weekend – Platte. 888-297-8175 Folk Off (Folk/Bluegrass Music) – Strawbale Winery, Renner. 605-543-5071 Mart in the Park & Discovery Day – Madison. 605-256-2454

AUGUST 1-3

Sioux River Folk Festival – Newton Hills State Park, Canton. 605-987-2582


SEPTEMBER 5-6

AUGUST 1-10

KCBS sanctioned BBQ event with world-class competitors. Classic Car Show & Shine, Motorcycle Fun Run, cooking demos, Kids Zone, food & craft vendors, live music, street dance. Vermillion, 605-624-5571, www.sdbbq.us

The largest fair in South Dakota W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds, Sioux Falls 605-367-7178 www.siouxempirefair.org 2 2 2 3 7 7-9 9 9-10 11-14 16 16 16 16 22-24 22-24 30-31 30-1

Classic Car & Antique Tractor Show – Wessington Springs. 605-539-1805 Prairie Festival – Armour. 605-724-2468 Outdoor University – Outdoor Campus, Sioux Falls. 605-362-2777 21st Annual Car Show – Prairie Village, Madison. 605-256-3644 Jungle Jubilee – Great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls. 605-367-8313 Clay County Fair – Fair Grounds, Vermillion. 605-677-7111 Homestead Celebration – Adams Homestead, N. Sioux City. 605-232-0873 Scottie Stampede Rodeo – Scotland. 605-583-4419 Turner County Fair – Parker. 605-297-4428 Perseid Meteor Show/Star Party – Palisades, Garretson. 605-594-3824 S’Wine & Cheese – Baumberger Winery, Dell Rapids. 605-254-8986 Animal Enrichment Day – Great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls. 605-367-8313 Downtown Riverfest – Downtown Sioux Falls. 605-338-4009 Bull-A-Rama – Vermillion. 605-624-5571 “Bash to the Colonies” Sailboat Regatta – Yankton. 605-665-2680 Great Dakota Wine Fest – Valiant Vineyards, Vermillion. 605-624-4500 Labor Day Celebration – Wagner. 605-384-3741

RIVERBOAT DAYS & SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL: AUGUST 15-17

Held in Riverside Park, on the banks of the Missouri River, featuring an arts festival, food booths, entertainment in the Amphitheatre and throughout the park, plus much more. Yankton, 605-665-1657, www.riverboatdays.com

CORN PALACE FESTIVAL: AUGUST 19-24

Celebrates the redecoration of the Corn Palace with indoor concerts featuring nationally known entertainment, free stage entertainment, open class exhibits, a carnival, food and specialty vendors. One of South Dakota’s longest running annual events. Mitchell, 605-995-8427, www.cornpalace.com

STEAM THRESHING JAMBOREE: AUGUST 22-24 This year marks the 52nd year of the Jamboree. Parades, huge flea market, steam & horse threshing, machinery demos, tractor pulls, train and carousel rides, free musical entertainment, exhibits, more. Madison, 605-256-3644, www.prairievillage.org

ROCKIN’ RIBFEST: AUGUST 30 Yankton’s biggest block party! Savory ribs, classic rock bands, free kid’s playland, amateur rib contest, vendors and much more. Downtown Yankton, 605-260-3003 www.historicdowntownyankton.com

SEPTEMBER 5 6 6 6 7 11-13 13 20

Downtown Block Party on the Eastbank – Sioux Falls. 605-338-4009 Foothills Bull Bash – Wessington Springs. 605-539-0014 Grape Stomp Harvest Festival – Schadé Vineyard, Volga. 605-627-5545 Sidewalk Arts Festival – Downtown Sioux Falls. 605-367-6000 Homesteader Day – Beaver Creek Nature Area, Brandon. 605-594-3824 Arts Festival at the Winery – Wilde Prairie Winery, Brandon. 605-582-6471 Menno Car Show – Menno. 605-387-5607 Northern Plains Powwow – Fairgrounds, Sioux Falls. 605-367-7178

KUCHEN & OLD TIME HARVEST FESTIVALS: SEPTEMBER 13-14

Get your fill of Kuchen and take some home to enjoy later, tour the Pumphouse Museum, craft show, tractor pull, threshing and demonstrations, old-time music, horse and wagon rides, plus more. Delmont, 605-779-2621, www.delmontsd.org

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PIONEER POWER SHOW: SEPTEMBER 20-21 Steam, gas and toy show featuring1884 school, railway depot and section car, stationary steam engine, sawmill, crafts, historic buildings, steam threshing, flour mill, blacksmithing and a parade. Menno, 605-387-5166, www.pioneeracres.com

OCTOBER 4 4 4 11 18 24-26 31

FestiFALL & Candlelight Walk – Newton Hills, Canton. 605-987-2263 Hobo Marlin’s Pumpkin Train – Prairie Village, Madison. 605-256-3644 Harvest Festival – Wilde Prairie Winery, Brandon. 605-582-6471 Harvest Festival – Strawbale Winery, Renner. 605-543-5071 Pheasant Season Opens – 605-987-2263 ZooBoo – Great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls. 605-367-8313 Murder Mystery Dinner – Valiant Vineyards, Vermillion. 605-624-4500

NOVEMBER 1 8 15 21 22-23 28 29

Customer Appreciation Day – Schadé Vineyard, Volga. 605-627-5545 Christmas at the Homestead – Adams Homestead and Nature

Preserve, North Sioux City. 605-232-0873 Holiday Open House – Baumberger Winery, Dell Rapids. 605-254-8986 Winter Wonderland Kick-off – Falls Park, Sioux Falls. 605-336-1620 Trains at Christmas – W.H.Lyons Fairgrounds, Sioux Falls. 605-373-0222 Parade of Lights – Downtown Sioux Falls. 605-338-4009 Holiday Open House – Valiant Vineyards, Vermillion. 605-624-4500

DECEMBER 4 5 5-7 6 6 7 14 31

Festival of Lights Parade – Downtown Brookings. 605-692-6125 Parade of Lights – Vermillion. 605-624-5571 Christmas at the Dells – Dell Rapids. 605-428-4167 Victorian Christmas – Dakota Discovery Museum, Mitchell. 605-996-2122 Christmas Open House – Schadé Vineyard, Volga. 605-627-5545 Hometown Christmas – Hartford. 605-528-3338 Christmas Tour of Lights – Wessington Springs. 605-539-1929 New Year’s Eve Parade & Simply South Dakota Tasting Event –

Delmont. 605-779-2621

ONGOING EVENTS Year Round - First Fridays Downtown – Sioux Falls. 605-338-4009 Jan.-May, Sept. (Last Fri. of month) - Winery After Hours – Valiant Vineyards, Vermillion. 605-624-4500

May 29 - Sept 4 (Thurs evenings) - Summer Porch Series – Strawbale Winery, Renner. 605-543-5071

May 4 - Sept 28 - Sangria Sundays – Strawbale Winery, Renner. 605-543-5071 June - Sept (2nd & 4th Friday) - Evening in the Vineyard – Wilde Prairie Winery, Brandon. 605-582-6471

Nov 22 - Jan 4 - Winter Wonderland – Falls Park, Sioux Falls. 605-338-4009 VISIT WWW.SOUTHEASTSOUTHDAKOTA.COM FOR A FULL LIST OF EVENTS. We recommend that you call ahead to confirm event information.

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"Schmeckfest" Freeman, 605-925-4237, www.schmeckfest.com "Foothills Rodeo" Wessington Springs, 605-770-4370, www.wessingtonsprings.com "Tabor Czech Days" Tabor, 605-463-2476, www.taborczechdays.com "Quarry Days" Dell Rapids, 605-428-4167, www.cityofdellrapids.org "Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant" De Smet, 800-776-3594, 800-880-3383, www.desmetpageant.org "Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo" Mitchell, 605-770-4919, www.cornpalacestampede.com "Play in Platte Weekend" Platte, 888-297-8175, www.plattesd.org "Sioux River Folk Festival" Newton Hills State Park, Canton, 605-987-2582, www.gfp.sd.gov "Scottie Stampede Rodeo" 605-583-4419, www.scotlandsd.org "Turner County Fair" Parker, (605) 297-4428, www.turnercountyfair.com "Riverboat Days & Summer Arts Festival" Yankton, 605-665-1657, www.riverboatdays.com "Corn Palace Festival" Mitchell, 605-995-8430, www.cornpalace.com "Steam Threshing Jamboree" Prairie Village, Madison, 605-256-3644, www.prairievillage.org "Rockin' RibFest" Downtown Yankton, 605-260-3003, www.historicdowntownyankton.com "Great Dakota Wine Fest" Valiant Vineyards, Vermillion, 605-624-4500, www.greatdakotawinefest.com "Ribs, Rod & Rock‘n Roll" Vermillion, 605-624-5571, www.sdbbq.us "Homesteader Day Harvest Festival" Beaver Creek, Brandon, 605-594-3824, www.gfp.sd.gov "Kuchen Festival & Old Time Harvest Festivals" Delmont, 605-779-2211, www.delmontsd.org "Pioneer Power Show" Menno, 605-387-5166, www.pioneeracres.com “Simply South Dakota Tasting Event” Delmont, 605-779-2211, www.delmontsd.org

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Emery, South Dakota The Spot to Be! Located just off I-90 between Sioux Falls and Mitchell. • Beautiful City Swimming Pool • Friendly Community • Subsidizing & Supporting Business Development • Expanding Industrial Park Area • Progressive City Leadership • Excellent Daycare Facility • Outstanding School System • Agricultural Hub

605-779-2211

Emery, SD • 605-449-4455 email: emerycity@triotel.net

www.delmontsd.org

www.cityofemerysd.com

Prairie Village

Czech Days

Lennox, SD Let us be part of your South Dakota vacation! Summer Activities: • Municipal Swimming Pool • Westerman Park • Lennox Museum • City Campground 16 spots with electricity • Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration Street Dance with Live Band, 4th of July Parade, Music by the Lennox Municipal Band, Vendors in the Park, Helicopter Rides, Baseball Games, Fireworks Display after dusk Things to do for young and old! 605-647-2286

www.cityoflennoxsd.com

Find more info at www.SimplySouthDakota.com


Services are organized under these headings: This section contains descriptions of accommodations, campgrounds, restaurants, attractions and other traveler services in the Southeast Region. The listings are arranged alphabetically by city. Each city heading is followed by a brief statement about the community, its services and visitor highlights. Community and business listings that include a Great ★ Service symbol have completed the criteria required in customer service training by the South Dakota Department of Tourism. This symbol is not a rating or endorsement of a business or of their services, but is an award to recognize those who are committed to providing quality customer service.

BRANDON

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Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce

605-582-7400 P.O. Box 182, 109 N. Pipestone Ave. Brandon, SD 57005 email: brancofc@alliancecom.net www.brandonvalleychamber.com Exciting Outdoor Activities, Restaurants, Entertainment, Shopping, American Indian Burial Ground, Two State Parks, Lookout Tower, Home-town Days Festival and much more! Your first and easiest stop for food, gas, camping, pharmacy, car repairs, hotels and other travel necessities.

• Accommodations • Comfort Inn

605-582-5777 or 1-800-4CHOICE 1105 N. Splitrock Blvd. Brandon, SD 57005 email: gm.sd065@choicehotels.com www.comfortinn.com/hotel/sd065 Your first stop in South Dakota! Comfort “your morning” Breakfast. Business center, indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center and coffee and cookie reception every night! Great dining right next to hotel and conveniently located right off Interstate 90 at Exit 406.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

605-582-2901 1103 N. Splitrock Blvd., Brandon, SD www.brandon-express.com Upscale hotel with a great waterpark! Five miles east of Sioux Falls at exit 406 on I-90. We offer a 210 foot raft slide for the big kids and a great splash pool and play area for the little ones. Enjoy our free breakfast and our weeknight guest reception. Full service restaurant next door.

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Describes hotels, motels, resorts, lodges, inns, vacation home rentals, bed and breakfast establishments, etc. (A chart showing more lodging options appears on pages 56-57)

Highlights attractions, activities and recreational opportunities for the whole family, ranging from festivals and prairie towns to zoos and museums.

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Lists private campgrounds. (A chart showing more private and public campgrounds appears on page 55).

Covers retail specialty shops, galleries and souvenir stores.

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• Dining • Covers restaurants of every sort, from home-style cooking to elegant dining.

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CANISTOTA • Accommodations • Best Western U-Bar Motel

Wilde Prairie Winery

605-582-6471 48052 259th Street Brandon, SD www.wildeprairiewinery.com Join us in the country for a taste of our handcrafted wines from South Dakota grown grapes, fruits and dandelions. Winery and vineyard are on our farm just north of I-90 west of Highway 11. Thursday - Monday May 1st to November 30.

Great ★ Service The Great Service Star designation which accompanies many listings is available through the South Dakota Office of Tourism and is designed to recognize businesses that have completed a set of criteria of hospitality training for their employees. Participants completing the program may use the symbol in their marketing to show visitors their commitment to “Great Service.”

Children’s Museum of South Dakota

605-692-6700 Historic Downtown Brookings, SD www.prairieplay.org Build. Dance. Climb. Sing. Paint. Play. Learn. Discover. Imagine! Fun and lasting memories await your family. Cruise down KidStreet to tune up a car, brew espresso, or discover your inner artist. Meet Mama T. rex & her baby Max. Tues-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun noon-5pm; Closed Mondays. Hungry? Café Coteau inside museum.

South Dakota Art Museum

(605) 688-5423 or 866-805-7590 Medary Ave. at Harvey Dunn St. (SDSU) Brookings, SD 57007 www.southdakotaartmuseum.com, Explore the spirit of South Dakota! Galleries feature Native American art, Harvey Dunn, Marghab Linens and a dynamic exhibit schedule of regional and national artists. Exceptional museum store. FREE admission! Great ★ Service

1-800-566-8227 130 Ash Street, Canistota, SD 57012 5 miles south of Interstate 90, Exit 368. Quiet, park-like setting, cable TV, guest laundry, free continental breakfast, nonsmoking rooms, queen, king and extra long beds, wheelchair accessible rooms, kitchenettes. 3-1/2 blocks south of Ortman Chiropractic Clinic.

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Country Inn & Suites

605-232-3500 or 1-800-456-4000 I-29 Exit 1 just north of Sioux City, Iowa 69 cozy, comfortable rooms including suites w/wo whirl-pool. Complimentary continental breakfast, free weekday newspaper, in-room coffee makers, high speed internet. Indoor pool/whirl-pool, meeting room, guest laundry, Graham’s Grill & Pub attached. Convenience store, golf courses and scenic trail nearby.

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ELK POINT Elk Point Chamber

605-356-3336 www.elkpoint.org Located in the southeast corner of South Dakota, Elk Point is a town full of history. Enjoy the City Park, nine-hole golf course, Union County Museum. Camping hook-ups in the park, motel, restaurants and gas stations. Explore the history of Elk Point.

Ingalls Homestead “Laura’s Living Prairie”

1-800-776-3594 20812 Homestead Road DeSmet, SD 57231 email: mail@ingallshomestead.com www.ingallshomestead.com Interactive pioneer heritage museum on the land Laura Ingalls Wilder’s family homesteaded. Covered wagon rides, 1880s school session, pioneer activities. Camping available. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Call for spring and autumn hours.

DELMONT Delmont Development Corp.

(605) 779-2621 www.delmontsd.org Visit hometown Delmont, 35 miles south of Mitchell off I-90 exit 325. Offers food, gas, lodging, camping, 9-hole golf, parks, baseball, Pumphouse Museum, Onion House, Firemen’s Memorial, churches, hunting, fishing. Housing lots available. Home of Bluebird Locker, Kuchen Festival, Old Time Harvest Festival, Firemen’s Sausage Supper.

DELL RAPIDS City of Dell Rapids

605-428-3595 PO Box 10, Dell Rapids, SD 57022 www.cityofdellrapids.org Known for “The Dells,” scenic rose quartzite rock formations. Distinctive architecture from the 1880s through the 1930s. Dell Rapids’ Historic Business District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Camping and lodging facilities available.

FREEMAN City of Freeman

1-888-595-9755 P.O. Box 43, Freeman, SD 57029 www.freemaninfo.com Located on US Hwy 81, 23 miles south of I-90 and 35 miles west of I-29. Preserving a rich German heritage. Schmeckfest in Spring, Heritage Hall Museum, Prairie Arboretum, golf, camping, parks, swimming, ethnic foods, unique shopping.

• Accommodations • Fensel’s Motel & Gift Shop

Reservations Ph. 605-925-4204 500 N. US Hwy. 81 Clean, cozy rooms with phones, cable TV and reasonable rates. One of the largest gift shops specializing in decorative and floral accents. Camper plug-ins. Major credit cards accepted. Complimentary coffee & cookies in gift shop for prearranged group tours.

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GARRETSON • See & Do • Devil’s Gulch Split Rock Park

605-594-6721, Garretson, SD www.garretsonsd.com Free family attraction. Explore natural beauty of red quartzite formations, bordering Split Rock River. Legends of outlaws Jesse and Frank James. Hiking trails, geology, history, picnicking and camping. Nature at its finest, 20 minutes NE of Sioux Falls. Home of Jesse James Pontoon Rides and Tucker’s Walk Winery. Garretson 125th Celebration July 3-6, 2014.

HARRISBURG • See & Do • Heartland Country Corn Maze 605-743-5984 www.heartlandcountrycornmaze.com New family activity. Navigate this 11-acre corn maze in a new design for 2014. Maze map, questions, and checkpoints with answers. Find hidden checkpoint for a free treat. Bring flashlights for after dark fun. Concessions and restrooms. 2 ½ mi. E. of Harrisburg, S. 1 ½ mi. on Hwy 11. Hours: Aug 8 - Oct. 26; Fri. 5-9, Sat. 129; Sun. 12-5.

MADISON Madison Chamber of Commerce

605-256-2454 315 S. Egan, Madison, SD 57042 email: director@chamberofmadisonsd.com www.chamberofmadisonsd.com Madison, located on Highway 34, less than an hour from Sioux Falls, is nestled between Lake Herman and Lake Madison. Camping, fishing, golfing, hunting & snowmobiling are available in season. A variety of lodging and dining options offer something for everyone. Great ★ Service

• See & Do • Historic Prairie Village

1-800-693-3644 PO Box 256, Madison, SD 57042 www.prairievillage.org 40 restored buildings, Saturday train rides-2pm, daily carousel rides, chapel car "Emmanuel", 52nd Annual Steam Threshing Jamboree featuring Hart Parr/Oliver Collectors Association National Show August 22-24. Events throughout summer. Open Mother's Day - Labor day. 234 camp-sites - electricity, 2 shower houses. Accommodations for weddings, reunions, business picnics.

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Heritage Hall Museum

605-925-7545, 888-595-9755 748 S. Main, Freeman, SD 57029 www.heritagehallmuseum.com email: museum@freemaninfo.com Tells the story of the Germans from Russia who settled the area. Pioneer tools, machinery, autos, motorcycles, 1927 bi-plane, wildlife, toys, buildings, large Native American display, much more! Admission $3-$5, Tues.-Sat. 11am-4:30pm, Sun. 1pm-4:30pm. Memorial Day to Labor Day or by appointment.

Exp-EAR-ience Mitchell!

Splash Central Waterpark

345 9th St. SW, Huron, SD 57350 (605) 353-8537 www.splashcentralwaterpark.com From the MasterBlaster Water Coaster to the Free Fall Drop Slide and Lazy River, Splash Central Waterpark is fun for all ages. Relax in the Sensory Garden or take a walk on the trails. Picnic Shelters and Pool-side Cabanas available for rent.

605-996-6223, 866-273-CORN(2676) 601 N. Main St. Mitchell, SD 57301 email: cvb@visitmitchell.com www.visitmitchell.com Located right on I-90! Stay the day at our a-maize-ing attractions, spend the night at our plent-ear-ful hotels. Four hours east of the Black Hills; Biggest stop between Sioux Falls and Rapid City. You’re finally ‘ear! Exit 332. Great ★ Service

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Old Time Harvest Festival & Kuchen Festival, Delmont

605-647-5055 46850 276th St., Lennox, SD email: info@steeverhouse.com www.steeverhouse.com 1910 Victorian, peaceful rural setting. 10 miles south of Sioux Falls, I-29 exit 68, 2 mi. west. Three queen rooms w/private baths, TVs; King suite, private bath, whirlpool, fireplace, TV. Full breakfast included. Free WIFI. $95-165.

Mitchell Visitor Information Center

Located at I-90 exit 332 Open seven days a week, May 1 – September 30, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free visitor assistance, travel counseling services, brochures, and maps. Our travel information specialists can help you make the most of your time in Mitchell and the region.


Comfort Inn & Suites

For reservations call 605-990-2400 or 800-4CHOICE www.choicehotels.com Exit 332, one block south. Enjoy luxury accommodations at an affordable price. Indoor waterpark, wireless internet, business center, exercise room, suites, meeting room. Located ¼ mile from Cabela’s - connected to Highland Conference Center. Adjacent restaurants - Ruby Tuesday, and Blarney Pub & Grill.

• Camping • Mitchell KOA

605-996-1131 or 1-800-KOA-1236 41255 SD Hwy 38 Mitchell, SD 57301 www.koa.com email: camp@mitchellkoa.com Open May 1 through November 1, 2014. Camping cabins, pull thru sites, 50 amp, Free WiFi, propane, pool in season. Online reservations at KOA.com. Exit 335 off of I-90.

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Hampton Inn of Mitchell

605-995-1575 or 1-866-252-2900 1920 Highland Way I-90 Exit 332 www.mitchell.hamptoninn.com I-90 Exit 332. Renovated in 2010. Experience ultimate service and clean, newly remodeled, comfortable accommodations. “On the House” hot breakfast. Microwave, refrigerator and free wireless high speed internet access in every room.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

605-292-9292 810 E. Spruce, Mitchell, SD 57301 www.hiexpress.com/mitchellsd email: mitchellholidayinnexpress@yahoo.com All rooms have complimentary hardwire and wireless internet access, 42 inch LCD TV’s, HBO and in-room coffee. Suites also have sofa sleeper, mini refrigerator and microwave. Complimentary Express Start Breakfast Bar. Pool with 130 foot water slide!

Thunderbird Lodge

1-800-996-2810 or 605-996-6645 I-90 Exit 332, 1 block north PO Box 984 www.thunderbird-lodge.com 48 unit newly renovated property. Locally owned and operated. Great service and value for your lodging needs. Free deluxe continental breakfast, hot tub/ sauna, beer/liquor available. Every room has 27 inch TV, coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron/board, high speed Internet. AAA rated property.

• Accommodations • Home Motel

605-425-2828 361 S. Nebraska St., Salem, SD 57078 www.home-motel.com email: homemotel@triotel.net Located 3 miles north of I-90, exit 364 on Hwy 81. Comforts of home include clean rooms, close to restaurants, phones, cable TV, high speed internet, microwaves & refrigerators. Travelers, Sportsmen and Bikers are welcome.

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Days Inn

605-996-6208, 800-329-7466 1506 S. Burr Mitchell, SD 57301 www.daysinn.com Interstate 90 and Hwy 37, Exit 332. Recently remodeled, Indoor waterpark, meeting room, Queen, King and Suites, guest laundry, airport shuttle, pets allowed, handicap accessible. Restaurants and shopping nearby.

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Camp America Campground

Corn Palace

866-273-CORN (2676) 604 N Main Street, Mitchell, SD 57301 www.cornpalace.com www.visitmitchell.com email: cvb@visitmitchell.com New ear-chitecture coming soon! See the Corn Palace as it goes under cornstruction, bringing new experiences to classic folk art. Open during construction, interactive and fun for the whole family. Free admission! Gift shops! Hours: 8am-9pm Daily, Memorial Day Labor Day; 8am-5pm Daily, April - May & Sept - Nov; 8am-5pm Weekdays, Dec - March. Family approved attraction. Great ★ Service

605-425-9085 25495 US 81, Salem, SD 57058 www.campsalemsd.com Shaded tent sites, level full hook-up pullthrus. Pool, free WiFi, laundry, store, playground, fire rings, mini-golf, labyrinth. Near Mitchell, Sioux Falls, Madison Prairie Village and Laura Ingalls’ DeSmet home. 1.5 miles N. of I-90, Exit 364.

SIOUX FALLS Sioux Falls Convention & Visitor Bureau

605-275-6060, 1-800-333-2072 200 N. Phillips Ave., Ste. 102 Sioux Falls, SD 57104 www.visitsiouxfalls.com email: sfcvb@SiouxFalls.com South Dakota’s largest city. Best shopping between Denver and Minneapolis, year-round entertainment and attractions, vibrant downtown, arts, theatre, symphony and museums. Falls Park boasts: triple waterfall, visitor center & viewing tower, café, and historic ruins. Great ★ Service

• Accommodations • Best Western Plus Sioux Falls Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center

Corn Palace Festival

1-800-289-7469 www.cornpalace.com email: cornpalace@cornpalace.com August 20-24, 2014 - One of South Dakota’s longest running annual events - celebrates the redecoration of the Corn Palace. The Corn Palace Festival features family entertainment, carnival rides, open class exhibits, food and specialty vendors, indoor concerts with national entertainment and free stage entertainment.

Dakota Discovery Museum

605-996-2122 1300 McGovern Ave. On the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SD email: info@dakotadiscovery.com www.dakotadiscovery.com Experience culture and history of the Upper Great Plains. History gallery, art galleries of Oscar Howe, Charles Hargens and others, restored 1886 Italianate home, 1914 railroad depot, 1885 country school and 1908 church.

Reservations: 605-336-0650 or 800-528-1234 3200 W Maple Street Sioux Falls, SD 57107 email: reservations@ramkotasf.com www.SiouxFalls.BWRamkota.com Come make GREAT MEMORIES with us! Splash-RAGEOUS Indoor WaterPark with a 130’ waterslide, children’s Water PlayLand and Outdoor Pool. Maple Street Café - Kids 10 and under eat for 99 cents (with paying adult), Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill with 12 flat panel TV’s. Ramkota Rascals Kids’ Club. Free WIFI. Minutes from many Sioux Falls attractions and shopping. Complimentary airport and local shuttle. Pet Friendly. AAA. BW/Harley-Davidson Rider Friendly Group Rates available. Great ★ Service

Center Inn

605-334-9002, 1-800-456-0074. 900 E. 20th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 email: centerinn@midconetwork.com www.thecenterinn.com Conveniently located adjacent to the Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, across from Avera McKennan Hospital. Center Inn provides its guest with a continental breakfast, 24 hour coffee and 24 hour desk service.

Clubhouse Hotel & Suites

605-361-8700 Reservations: 866-534-8700 2320 S Louise Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57106 email: SiouxFalls@ClubHouse-Hotel.com www.SiouxFalls.ClubHouseInn.com I-29 Exit 78 (east one block) “When 2nd Best Just Isn’t Good Enough!” Connected to Johnny Carino’s Italian, Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. Great Location. Free WIFI. Indoor Water Playland. Fabulous outdoor courtyard. Great ★ Service

Hampton Inn

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605-362-1700 or 800-Hampton I-29, Exit 78 www.siouxfalls.hamptoninn.com Near the Empire Mall, several restaurants, and Century Theaters. 100% Hampton Guarantee. “On the House” breakfast, 24 hour indoor pool, whirlpool, and exercise room. Free local calls, complimentary wireless internet, refrigerators, microwaves, and 32” flat panel televisions in every room.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Sioux Falls SW 605-275-4155 www.hiexpress.com/siouxfallssw email: fsdsf@midconetwork.com Conveniently located off 69th and Louise Avenue, our new hotel is the perfect place for your stay. Our hotel offers a large pool area with water features, hot breakfast with pancakes, guest laundry, an extended fitness facility & state of the art business center.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

605-361-0122 2501 Shirley Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57106 www.hiexpress.com/siouxfallssd email: hiexp@midconetwork.com Near the Empire Mall: easy I-29 access, 116 room property with complimentary fitness center, business center, free guest laundry and hot breakfast buffet, indoor pool and whirlpool. We have exceptional customer service and clean rooms.

My Place Extended Stay

3005 S. Carolyn Ave Sioux Falls, SD 57106 605-271-9988, 855-200-5685 siouxfalls@myplacehotels.com www.myplacehotels.com I-29 exit 77. Pet Friendly, Guest Laundry, Business Center / Coffee Lounge, 24 Hour My Store. Full-Size Refrigerator / Ice Maker, Cooktop, Microwave, 37" Flat Screen, Free HBO/WIFI, Coffee Maker, Toaster, Iron/Board. Near Mall, Restaurants and Theater.

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Quality Inn & Suites

605-336-1900 5410 N. Granite Lane Sioux Falls, SD 57107 www.qualityinn.com/hotel/ sd062 Platinum award winning hotel. Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, this property offers spacious rooms with microwaves, refrigerators, high speed internet, indoor pool/whirlpool, fitness room, deluxe continental breakfast, business center, guest laundry, Lobby Bar & airport shuttle. Come experience a new level of Quality.

Staybridge Suites

1-800-225-1237 605-361-2298 fax: 605-361-2429 2505 S. Carolyn Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57106 www.staybridge.com/siouxfallssd North of the Empire Mall. Get comfortable. 90 Studio or one or two bedroom two-bath suites, separate living and sleeping areas. Kitchens, laundry, business center, indoor pool/spa, fitness center, hot breakfast. Extended stay rates. Quality of Excellence award. Torchbearer Award. 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award.

Super 8

(605) 338-8881 2616 E. 10th St. Sioux Falls, SD 57103 www.super8.com Located off I-229, Exit 6. Pride of Super 8. Indoor pool and jacuzzi, superstart breakfast, free local calls, cable TV with HBO, ESPN, hairdryers, in-room coffeemakers. Rooms with high speed wireless internet, microwaves, refrigerators, Jacuzzi suites. 10 minutes from Empire Mall, one mile from downtown.

• Camping • Tower Campgrounds

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West 12th Properties LLC 605-332-1173 4501 W. 12th Street Sioux Falls, SD 57106 email: towercampground@gmail.com Great Location! I-29 Exit 79, Campground on SW corner of interchange. Newly remodeled with 100 sites. 30/50 hook-ups, cable, WIFI, level sites, pull-thrus, playground, picnic tables, showers, laundry. Shade trees. Grassy tent areas. Daily, weekly and monthly rates. Open year round.

Yogi Bear Camp Resort

605-332-2233 26014 478th Ave Brandon, SD 57005 email: reservations@jellystonesiouxfalls.com www.jellystonesiouxfalls.com Spacious pull-thrus. Full hook-ups, fire rings and cabins. Free showers, Laundromat, heated pool & spa, playgrounds, mini-golf, jumping pillow, basketball, volleyball, general store, pavilion, propane, tenting area, visits from Yogi Bear. I-90, Exit 402.

• Dining • Maple Street Café

Best Western Plus Sioux Falls Ramkota Hotel 605-336-0650 3200 W. Maple Street Sioux Falls, SD 57107 www.SiouxFalls.BWRamkota.com I-29 Exit 81 (east one block). Family friendly with affordable prices. Kids 10 and under eat for 99 cents (with paying adult). Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner; Room Service. Great Pizza and Daily Specials.

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Powwows and Native American Heritage Thunder Road Family Fun Park

605-334-4181 8th and Kiwanis, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 email: sfalls@thunderroad.info Awesome go-karts and miniature golf. Also batting cages, rock climbing, Water Wars, Euro-Bungy and Laser Tag. Free King Kong Play Set and Human Foosball. Free parking & free picnic area. No admission. Call for group rates. Easy to find. Hard to leave.

Greatest Show On H2O

605-339-0911 5500 N Show Pl. Sioux Falls, SD 57104 www.CatfishBay.com The Greatest Show on H20 will amaze the whole family. Experience comedy, music, and thrilling stunts on water. Boats, water skiing, action & more. Fridays, 7pm, Memorial Day to Labor Day. Purchase tickets online. Enter SDTVL for discounts.

Strawbale Winery

605-543-5071 47215 257th Street Renner, SD 57055 email: info@strawbalewinery.com www.strawbalewinery.com Over 23 varieties of South Dakota wines are produced and bottled in this winery made of straw bales. Grape wines are vinted from cold hardy varietals. Fruit wines include, Black Currant, Strawberry Rhubarb, Raspberry and even Jalapeno.

The Outdoor Campus

605-362-2777 4500 S. Oxbow Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57106 www.outdoorcampus.org Located SE of the Empire Mall. South Dakota outdoor museum, butterfly garden, two miles of walking trails, 3,000 gallon aquarium filled with South Dakota sport fish. Free Admission.

The Empire Mall /Empire East

605-361-0586 Exit 77, I-29 & 41st Street 5000 W. Empire Mall Sioux Falls, SD 57106 www.simon.com Visit the largest shopping complex between Minneapolis and Denver, with over 180 of the area’s finest stores. Discover great stores, including Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears, Younkers, Gordmans, Kohl’s and Target.

TABOR • See & Do • Czech Days W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Sioux Empire Fair 605-367-7178 100 N. Lyon Blvd. Sioux Falls, SD 57107 www.siouxempirefair.org email: info@siouxempirefair.com Home of the Sioux Empire Fair, the largest fair in South Dakota! August 1-10, 2014. Attend fun events yearround! Festivals, trade shows, livestock shows and more.

605-463-2478 Tabor Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. P.O. Box 21, Tabor, SD 57063 email: taborczechdays@yahoo.com www.taborsd.com Old European traditions including Czech foods, music, souvenirs, parades, entertainment, museums and folk dancing. Czech Days keeps alive the central European heritage of the founders of the little South Dakota community of Tabor, June 20-21, 2014.

TYNDALL • Shopping • J & L Harley-Davidson

605-334-2721, 1-800-292-3531 2601 W. 60th Street North Sioux Falls, SD 57107 email: jl@jl-harley.com www.jl-harley.com South Dakota’s premiere motorcycle dealership. This 38,000 square foot, full service store features a complete inventory of new and pre-owned HarleyDavidson Motorcycles, MotorClothes, Merchandise, Parts & Accessories, and Authorized Service. Great ★ Service

• Accommodations • Shady Rest Motel

605-589-4002 1401 Main Street Tyndall, SD 57066 email: shadyrestmotel@yahoo.com Located 5 blocks North of Hwy 50 on Main Street. Newly remodeled, clean, comfortable, quiet rooms. Cable TV, WiFi. New electric heat and air-conditioning. Close to restaurants, sports bars, Golf Course & Museum. Look inside then decide!


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Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company

1-800-809-2071 116 Market Street, Vermillion, SD 57069 email: vcdc@vermillionchamber.com www.vermillioncvb.com Vermillion offers rich history and culture. Attractions include University of SD & Dakota Dome, National Music Museum, W.H. Over Museum, Spirit Mound, Bluffs Golf Course. Area parks offer Missouri River access, camping, fishing, hiking, biking.

• Accommodations • Best Western Vermillion Inn

605-624-8333 701 West Cherry St., Vermillion, SD 57069 email: 42051@hotel.bestwestern.com www.bestwestern.com Located west of I-29 on Hwy 50. Free continental breakfast, indoor pool, sauna, fitness center and whirlpool. Museums and University of South Dakota nearby.

• See & Do • Clay County Park

1-800-809-2071 Vermillion Area Chamber & Development 4 miles SW of Vermillion off SD 50, on the last natural stretch of the Missouri River. 34 acres of beautiful wilderness with Missouri River access, 44 campsites, cabins, (electrical and tent), restrooms, showers, dump station, picnic shelters, playgrounds, boat ramp, fishing dock, and hiking trails.

Best Western Kelly Inn & Convention Center National Music Museum

605-677-5306 Corner of Clark & Yale Streets USD Campus, Vermillion www.nmmusd.org email: nmm@usd.edu The NMM houses 15,000+ instruments, from priceless Italian violins to celebrity guitars, from organs to harmonicas, from Les Paul to Sgt. Pepper, from Stradivari to Elvis. Free audio tours. Open all year. Check website for hours.

Ribs, Rods & Rock ‘N Roll

605-624-5571 Downtown Vermillion Exit 26 off I-29, west 6 mi on Hwy 50 www.sdbbq.us 10th annual event, September 5-6, 2014. KCBS sanctioned BBQ event with worldclass competitors, People’s Choice Public BBQ Judging, Kids Zone, Food & Craft Vendors, Classic Car Show & Shine, Motorcycle Fun Run, cooking demonstrations, live music, beverage garden, street dance.

State Park Camping Reservations Reserve campsites up to 90 days in advance at 1-800-710-CAMP(2267) or www.CampSD.com

605-665-2906 or 1-800-528-1234 1607 East Hwy 50 Virtual tour available at www.bestwesternyankton.com 121 spacious guestrooms & suites. Expanded continental breakfast. Indoor Water Play Land with slides, water cannons & basketball hoops. Whirlpool, wading pool, game room, racquetball, exercise facility, expanded cable w/HBO, free Wi-Fi access. Minerva’s Restaurant.. Great ★ Service

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

605-665-3177 2607 Broadway Ave, Yankton, SD 57078 email: hieyankton@hotmail.com www.hiexpress.com/esyanktonsd Our hotel features include a pool, whirlpool, fitness room, business center, and free high speed internet. Also, hot continental breakfast and free local calls. We have 58 guest rooms, Jacuzzi suites and family suites.

Lewis & Clark Resort

605-665-2680 43496 Lakeshore Drive, Yankton, SD email: lewisandclarkresort@yahoo.com www.LewisandClarkPark.com Located on Lewis & Clark Lake. Enjoy modern cabins or 24 motel rooms around an outdoor pool. Adjacent to marina, restaurant, sandy beaches and bike trails. Visit our new 6 bedroom lakeside Lodge with 1800 sq ft great room.

Lodge at Lewis & Clark Resort

605-665-2680 www.lewisandclarkpark.com Located on a cove of Lewis & Clark Lake, directly on the biking/walking trail. Enjoy newly constructed for 2012, beautiful 6 bedroom lodge with an 1800 sq. ft. great room for your family gathering. Specially designed kitchen for family reunions, weddings and corporate retreats.

• Camping • Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

605-668-2985 www.lewisandclarkpark.com Choose from over 400 shady campsites all with electricity. Enjoy 6-miles of bike trail, 4 boat launching facilities, horse trails, archery range, disc golf and nature trails. Four miles west of Yankton on Lewis and Clark Lake. Great ★ Service

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• Dining • JoDean’s Steakhouse & Lounge

605-665-9884 2809 Broadway, Yankton, SD 57078 www.jodeans.com email: jodeans@iw.net North of the Yankton Mall. Buffet seven days a week with over 50 feet of buffet, salad and dessert bar or menu of steaks and seafood. Groups and buses welcome, with advance notice requested. Banquet facility seating 400. A family tradition.

• See & Do • Dakota Territorial Museum

605-665-3898 610 Summit Street, Yankton, SD Free admission. Call for information or to book a special tour. Next to Westside Park. Hours are May thru Sept. Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. October thru April; 7 days a week, 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Rockin’ RibFest

605-260-3003 3rd St., Downtown Yankton www.historicdowntownyankton.com Historic Downtown Yankton is gearing up for our 8th annual Rockin’ RibFest on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Come to Yankton’s biggest block party! Savory ribs, classic rock bands, free kid’s play land, an amateur rib contest, vendors and much more!

The Missouri National Recreational River

Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, Yankton

www.nps.gov/mnrr Part of the nation’s Wild and Scenic River system. Preserves two stretches of the Missouri; between Gavins Point Dam and Ponca State Park and between Ft. Randall Dam and Running Water. Visitors can boat, fish, canoe/ kayak, camp, birdwatch, hike, trace the Lewis and Clark Expedition, visit a fish hatchery/aquarium, enjoy scenic views of the Missouri from the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center and much more.

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