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Southeast Region 2012-2013 South Dakota Vacation Guide

Family Friendly

Outdoor Recreation

Rural Heritage


SoutheaSt region Southeast South Dakota is where it all began.

Sailboats on Lewis and Clark Lake, near Yankton, Insets top to bottom: Water Recreation, Palisades State Park, Threshing Event

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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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 resort. South Dakota State Parks also offer organized activities for children 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. Here you’ll Falls Park in Sioux Falls

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discover 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.

Palisades State Park, Garretson

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


Attractions, Festivals and Events Nearly every town in Southeast South Dakota offers a museum or collection of interest. Attractions such as 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 new Children’s Museum in Brookings. Explore 40 antique-filled 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

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picnic areas, as well as a restaurant and an Arts Center housed in historic buildings, make Falls Park a must see. Palisades State Park, located nearby at Garretson, offers more than one way to experience its unique beauty. Several trails twist and turn through Sioux quartzite formations along scenic Split Rock Creek. The more adventurous outdoorsman can make the climb to the top of towering quartzite spires. The avid golfer will find top rated courses in Sioux Falls and other communities, such as the course at Springfield perched atop bluffs overlooking the Missouri River that offers breathtaking scenic vistas. For winter fun, Great Bear Recreation Area at Sioux Falls offers downhill skiing and tubing. In summer, you can explore their extensive system of nature trails.

The World’s Only Corn Palace in Mitchell has new mural designs each year

Mitchell's Prehistoric Indian Village. Find your favorite butterfly flying freely, year round, at the Sioux Falls Sertoma Butterfly House. And don’t miss the

world’s only Corn Palace in Mitchell, decorated yearly with new murals made from thousands of bushels of corn, (Continues on Page 28)

Your real South Dakota adventure begins here . . . Southeast South Dakota welcomes you with Natural Beauty, Homespun Charm, Rural & Native American Heritage Request a

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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 kolace (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-

Fairs throughout the summer

Car Show, Canton, July

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. Fur Trader Days in Geddes celebrates its heritage with old-fashioned events including an antique tractor pull. 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. 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 new South Dakota Birding Festival near Wagner. The Oyate Trail offers off-theinterstate travelers unique cultural and historical opportunities representing both the Lakota Sioux Indian Nation and European

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immigrants. Join the geocaching craze and do some technotreasure hunting along the trail. Family fun parks, water parks and water shows, go-cart tracks and the roar of supercharged car racing, are all here in Southeast South Dakota. For more, be sure to visit www.southeastsouthdakota.com. The Calendar of Events is updated throughout the year.

Cultural Heritage In addition to its wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities, Southeast South Dakota provides a wide array of cultural and

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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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 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. 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

Prairie Village

1886 Beckwith House at the Dakota Discovery Museum, Mitchell

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 other museums and galleries throughout the area. Explore natural and cultural history at the 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. 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! Did we mention it’s free! The National Music Museum, Vermillion, features musical instruments spanning five centuries from around the globe as well as offering free Brown Bag Lunch Programs featuring a wide variety of musical entertainment. Be sure to mark your calendars for these area arts events: Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale, Sioux Falls in February; 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. More than 50,000 people visit downtown Sioux Falls for the annual Sidewalk Arts Festival in September. Downtown Sioux Falls has a year-round SculptureWalk, with original works of art on public display to enjoy throughout the year. Yankton has also added a new River Walk of sculptures throughout the downtown area. (Continues on Page 30)

A WEALTH AWAITS ON THE I-29 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

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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 in the region's towns and cities sponsor the South Dakota Made label on items unique to the area. These products, ranging from buffalo jerky to beautifully handcrafted quilts, were made by honest, hardworking South Dakotans. 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 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 first-rate antique shopping include Mitchell, Sioux Falls, Canton and Yankton. You'll be surprised by the diversity of restaurants, sports bars, coffee shops and wineries that exist in Southeast South Dakota. While some establishments feature South Dakota's finest cuts of locally grown beef and buffalo, you'll also find a variety of authentic ethnic and international cuisine. Enjoy the nostalgia of Edgar’s Ol’ Fashioned Soda Fountain in Elk

Cogan House B&B sits atop a bluff overlooking the Missouri River

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 on the premises also offer tours, wine tasting and special events. Southeast South Dakota's lodging choices include every-

thing 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.


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Simply South Dakota Your real South Dakota adventure begins here . . . Hometown charm, Native American and ethnic culture, historic venues. It’s all here in Southeast South Dakota. Far away from the tourist traps, we welcome you to experience the “real” South Dakota. You’ll find unique cultural and ethnic festivals with food and entertainment that reflects the community’s heritage, as well as rodeos, powwows, car shows, county fairs and fantastic 4th of July celebrations. Shop a small town main street for something out of the ordinary. Then have lunch with the locals in a quaint mom & pop café where you’ll be welcomed by some of the friendliest folks anywhere. Southeast South Dakota is also an outdoor paradise for hunting/fishing, camping, hiking/biking, canoe/kayaking, or just watching a beautiful sunset.

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Festivals & Events

Homestead "Schmeckfest" Freeman, 605-925-4237, www.schmeckfest.com er Day H arvest Fes "Foothills Rodeo" Wessington Springs, 605-539-1929, www.wessingtonsprings.com tival "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 Prairie "Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo" Mitchell, 605-770-4919, www.cornpalacestampede.com Village "Play in Platte Weekend" Platte, 888-297-8175, www.plattesd.org "Brandon Hometown Days" Brandon, 605-582-7400, www.brandonhometowndays.com "Sioux River Folk Festival" Newton Hills State Park, Canton, 605-987-2582, www.fotm.org "Scottie Stampede Rodeo Days & Kuchen Feier" 605-583-2320, www.scotlandsd.org "Quilts and Vines" Strawbale Winery, Renner, 605-543-5071, www.quiltsandvines.com "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, 800-289-7469, www.cornpalace.com "Steam Threshing Jamboree" Prairie Village, Madison, 1-800-693-3644, www.prairievillage.org "Great Dakota Wine Fest" Valiant Vineyards, Vermillion, 605-624-4500, www.greatdakotawinefest.com "Rockin' RibFest" Downtown Yankton, 605-260-3003, www.historicdowntownyankton.com "Ribs, Rod & Rock n' Roll" Vermillion, 605-624-5571, www.sdbbq.us "Kuchen Festival & Old Time Harvest Festivals" Delmont, 605-779-2621, www.delmontsd.org "Homesteader Day Harvest Festival" Beaver Creek, Brandon, 605-594-3824, www.gfp.sd.gov "St. Joseph's Indian School Powwow" Chamberlain, 800-584-9200, www.stjo.org "Pioneer Power Show" Menno, 605-387-5166, www.pioneeracres.com “Simply South Dakota Tasting Event” Delmont, 605-779-2621, www.delmontsd.org

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Armour, SD Located between Hwys. 44 & 18 on Hwy. 281. • Historic Lorain Movie Theater is community run heatre Lorain T • Lions Park: camping, picnic shelters, 2 cabins, bathhouse, playground, sand volleyball • Lake Alcazar adjacent to Lions Park: fishing & swimming • Lawnmower Racing • Prairie Festival: August 4, 2012 • Veteran’s Memorial • Food, gas, churches, hospital/clinic Armour Community Club PO Box 596, Armour, SD 57313

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Emery, South Dakota The Spot to Be! Located just off I-90 between Sioux Falls and Mitchell. • Subsidizing & Supporting Business Development • Expanding Industrial Park Area • Beautiful City Swimming Pool • Progressive City Leadership • Excellent Daycare Facility • Outstanding School System • Friendly Community • Agricultural Hub Emery, SD • 605-449-4455 email: emerycity@triotel.net

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February 26 - Fireman’s Sausage Supper May 28 - Memorial Day Program July 4 - Kid’s Day Don’t miss this one: Two festivals in one! September 8-9 - Kuchen Festival & Old Time Harvest Festival December 31 - New Year’s Eve Parade & Simply South Dakota Tasting Event 605-779-2621

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Outdoor Adventures You Will Be a Happy Camper Do you hear that? It's the sound of fresh air and sunshine calling. Of course it 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 airconditioned camping cabins. Each of these state parks and recreation areas offer a unique camping experience. Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, near Yankton, is a popular

camping area situated on beautiful Lewis & Clark Lake and the Missouri River. The park offers many prime waterfront campsites and camping cabins, as well

Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, near Yankton

as resort facilities, several trails including a paved hiking and biking trail that follows the lake shore, equestrian campground and trail, disc golf, a full service

marina and three swimming beaches. 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.

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Canton, is part of the Coteau des Prairie. It is a wooded oasis providing shaded campsites and scenic vistas from the lookout tower. Lake Lakota boasts fishing, swimming and canoeing. You will also find hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails, as well as an equestrian campground with corrals and a bridle trail. Union Grove State Park, 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. This park also has a bridle trail and an equestrian campground with corrals. Colorful quartzite cliffs along with a colorful past make Palisades State Park, 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, sightseers, rock climbers, canoers and hikers. History and water-based recreation attract many campers to Lake Herman State Park at Madison. Located on a peninsula, the park offers visitors spectacular views of Lake Herman. Melting glacial ice formed this 1,350-acre lake thousands of years ago. An 1871 log cabin was built by some of the first settlers to the area. Visitors to the park can now play disc golf, hike, swim, fish, canoe or crosscountry ski. Canoe and kayak rental is available. Nearby Walker’s Point Recreation Area is tucked along the shore of Lake Madison. This small but complete park meets (Continues on Page 34)

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Newton Hills State Park, near

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the many 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, near Brandon, 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. Near Canistota, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area is popular among fishermen, boaters, canoers, swimmers and hunters. Canoe rental is available. The park provides the ideal hunting camp with waterfowl and upland game nearby. 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. Many city and county parks offer additional treasures for you

Panoramic view of the Missouri River near the Tabor camping and recreation area

to discover. Clay County Recreation Area,

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. Lake Mitchell Campground

provides shady campsites overlooking the lake, a swimming

beach and hiking trails as well as an outdoor chapel. An 18 hole golf course is nearby. If you don’t mind roughing it, Tabor Lakeside Use 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. Conveniently located near Interstate 29, Elk Point’s City

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Hit the Trail to Scenic Sights There are many ways to explore southeast South Dakota, including the extensive trail systems that exist 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 take off on your own nature walk. Trails range from paved, level surfaces to terrain suitable for the mountain biker or hiker. Handicap accessible trails are located at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, Beaver Creek Nature Area, Spirit Mound Historic Prairie and Big Sioux,

Pedestrian Bridge across the Historical Meridian Bridge, Yankton

Lewis and Clark and Pearson Ranch Recreation Areas. State parks offering equestrian trails include Big Sioux Recreation Area, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, Newton Hills State Park and Union Grove

State Park. Lewis and Clark, Newton Hills and Union Grove also have camping facilities specially outfitted for horses and their riders. 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 and is a great trail for

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wildlife viewing blinds along the trail. 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. Big Sioux Recreation Area lies on the banks of the Big Sioux River. Miles of trails ramble through woodland and prairie. A bicycle trail connects with the nearby town of Brandon. Winter hosts cross-country skiers and snowmobilers that gather at the warming house. An 1870’s cabin at Beaver Creek Nature Area, also near Brandon, is host to historic living history programs. Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, Yankton, has miles of trails including a paved lakeside trail and rugged mountain bike trails. The Gavins Point Trail is a scenic

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birdwatchers. An observation tower promises an amazing view. Enjoy breathtaking displays of fall color from September to early November. Trails twist and turn through scenic quartzite formations along Split Rock Creek at Palisades State Park, near Garretson. Historical 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 also provides scenic trails which include a footbridge spanning the chasm that, as legend has it, Jesse James and his horse jumped over during a pursuit. At Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve, near North Sioux City, you’ll find trails through native prairie grasses along the Missouri River, with

Big Sioux Recreation Area, near Brandon

wooded hike that leads to a scenic overlook of the Missouri River. These trails connect with the Meridian Trails system in Yankton which meanders along a scenic creek, past city parks and historic sights. The newly opened

Meridian Bridge Trail crosses an historic double-decker bridge built in 1924 that has now been converted to a pedestrian bridge. The bridge spans the Missouri National Recreational (Continues on Page 38)

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River, which is a National Park. Union Grove State Park, near Beresford, features a large variety of trees which provide impressive fall color and habitat for birdwatching. Horseback riders have 150 acres of rolling hills with trails at their disposal. Stand where Lewis and Clark stood 200 years ago by taking the three-quarter mile trail to the summit of Spirit Mound, near Vermillion, where over 300 acres of prairie are being restored. Interpretive signs along the trail transform the hike into a learning experience. Walk, jog or bike your way along the Big Sioux River in Sioux Falls, from Falls Park to the Outdoor Campus. Winter brings a blanket of white to the region, along with the opportunities offered by 126 miles of snowmobile trails connecting Sioux Falls, Dell Rapids, Renner, Coleman, Madison and Hartford. Take a trail to your own adventure and experience the natural, tranquil beauty that is Simply South Dakota.

Rock Climbing: Experience Palisades from a Different Perspective A 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. 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 top-roping 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.

Climber at Palisades State Park, near Garretson

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 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 605-5943824). 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. (Continues on Page 44)


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Great Bear Recreation Area The Outdoor Campus The Northwest Stretch of the Sioux Falls Bike Trail Big Sioux Recreation Area Prairie Pothole Lake Loop Lake Vermillion Recreation Area and GPA Flandreau City Park Milwaukee Lake Madison Wetland Management District Headquarters and Madison WPA Lake Herman State Park Reynolds Slough GPA Lake Carthage GPA Chip Allen GPA Lake Mitchell Hogrefe GPA James River Road Broken Arrow WPA Gray GPA and Platte Creek Recreation Area Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge North Point Recreation Area Randall Creek Recreation Area and Pickstown GPA at Fort Randall Dam Missouri River Bottoms Route Meier’s Lake Spring Migration Loop Gavins Point Dam Missouri River Observation Route Clay County Lakeside Use Area Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Spirit Mound Historic Prairie Union Grove State Park Oak Ridge GPA Newton Hills State Park Mud Lake Atkins Slough WPA

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Call 1-888-353-7382 to request the Southeast South Dakota Birding Trail or view online: www.southeastsouthdakota.com/south-dakota-birdwatching.php The Southeast South Dakota Birding Trail booklet provides information about each site on the trail, how to get there, what birds you should look for, the best months to visit and tips on birding each location. More than 300 species of birds may be observed among the 33 points along the trail. Southeast South Dakota is a stopping place for millions of birds following both the Central and Mississippi migratory flyways in spring and fall. Its varied habitats offer the right environment for

nearly 150 nesting species, and a number of species that nest in the northern reaches of the continent spend each winter here. The best birding is the least intrusive to birds and their habitat. Disturbing a bird – making it flush from cover, call in alarm or focus on your presence – stresses it and may expose it to predators. Use binoculars, stay back, avoid damaging habitat and enjoy. Good birding!

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Hunting is a Year-Round Sport 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 additional hunts for partridge, quail, dove, coyote and fox.

Bowhunters

Dakota is privately owned. Permission is required to hunt, but public lands such as Game Production 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-ofthe-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 degrees to below zero wind chill.

Geese Stop on any country road in Southeast South Dakota and you’ll be stopping in a hunter’s paradise. Our state bird, the Chinese Ring-necked Pheasant,

thrives in the habitat provided by South Dakota’s landscape. Thousands of hunters descend upon the southeast region of the state in the fall for

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 WILD 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. 605-996-1120 • www.sdpheasants.com

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Pheasant Traditional season: MidOctober through December. Preserve season: September through March. Range and Habitat: Pheasants prefer agricultural fields, wooded draws, tree strips, wetlands and set-aside acres. Most of South Wild Tom Turkey

Traditional Season: Late 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 snow- and blue-geese migrants.


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Ducks

Prairie Turkey

East River Deer

Traditional Season: Late September to December. Range and Habitat: More than 15 million ducks migrate annually through South Dakota. They include mallards, gadwall, pintails and teal. The migration peaks in mid-November along the Missouri River.

Traditional Season: Spring firearm and archery, mid- April to mid-May. Fall prairie turkey, early October through December. Range and Habitat: In the eastern portion of the state, turkeys prefer the woods and brushy hillsides of rivers, as well as tree belts.

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

ing the Missouri River. Rolling pastures, tree strips, river bottoms and cattail sloughs provide escape cover for the deer. For more information about hunting seasons, fees and regulations, contact the South Dakota Dept. of Game, Fish & Parks, 412 W. Missouri, Pierre, SD 57501. Call (605) 7733485 or visit www.gfp.sd.gov

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Pheasant Hunting in South Dakota 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. 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 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. In most cases windbreak trees, planted in large enough blocks to prevent them from drifting shut 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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Geocaching: A Techno-Treasure Hunt Geocaching (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 5gallon bucket. Geocachers hide the geocache and enter the coordinates (latitude and longitude) on a website. Others download the coordinates, enter them into their GPS units and head out to find the geocache. Once the cache is found, the finders enter their names and date into the logbook in the cache. 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 so future geocachers can find it. 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. To find other caches throughout the region and for more in depth how-to information, go to www.geocaching.com The area between Lennox and Menno has dozens of caches arranged to spell the word “GEOCACHING”. 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 file at least 100 caches along the trail are eligible for an Official Oyate Trail Geocaching Coin. Caches are listed on www.geocaching.com. There are many types of geocaching. If you are a beginner,

Using a GPS device to search for hidden “treasure”

starting off with the traditional type described above is a good idea. Afterwards, you may progress to more complex types of geocaching. A multi-cache 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 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. The thrill of the hunt is just as much fun as finding the “treasure”. (Continues on Page 50)

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Experience culture and history. Art galleries of Oscar Howe, Charles Hargens, James Earle Fraser, and more!


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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. 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 hometown artist, John C. Green, whose studio is

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.

on our mainstreet. Madison is the proud home of Dakota State Universit y, leading the way in biometric identification systems; 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. ■

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

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Armour (Kid’s Pond)

Armour

2

Beaver Lake

Hartford

300

Beaver Lake

Utica

72

Brant Lake

Chester

943

Burbank Lake

Burbank

100

472 110

Covell Lake (Kid’s Pond)

Sioux Falls

15

Dell Rapids Dam

Dell Rapids

5

Diamond Lake

Franklin

256

Dimock Lake

Dimock

75

Ethan Dam

Ethan

27

Forsch Lake

Salem

160

Fulton Lake

Fulton

18

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Humboldt

340

Spencer

100

Island Lake

Franklin

250

Jansen Lake

Emery

Lake Alvin

Lake Badus

Harrisburg

90

Ramona

230

Lake Carthage

Carthage

203

Lake Hanson

Alexandria

55

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Lake Lakota

Canton

Madison

2,800

Mitchell

670

Lake Yankton

Yankton

250

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257

Loss Lake

Humboldt

82

Lost Lake

Humboldt

163

Lyons Lake

Emery

159

Marindahl Lake

Volin

139

Marion (Kid’s Pond)

Marion

McCook Lake

North Sioux City

274

Scott Lake

Hartford

80

Silver Lake

Dolton

431

Swan Lake

Hurley

182

Tripp Lake

Tripp

12

Boat Ramp

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James River

307

Missouri River

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Vermillion River

131

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Big Sioux River

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Dock

Camping

Toilet

Brown Trout

Rainbow Trout

2

Split Rock Creek

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1

1

29,000

Yankton

Yankton

Westside (Kid’s Pond)

Franklin

207

Lewis & Clark Lake

Hartford

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Long Lake

Wall Lake

Lake Madison

550

Lake Mitchell

Tyndall

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Canistota

Tyndall (Kid’s Pond)

90

Vermillion Lake

Grass Lake

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Gross Lake

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Corsica

Scotland

Walleye

Colton

Madison

Sturgeon

Clear Lake

Lake Henry

Sauger

Corsica Lake

Lake Herman

Saugeye

Perch

Northern Pike

Muskie

Crappie

Catfish

Bluegill

Facilities

Bullhead

Acreage

Smallmouth Bass

Nearest Town

White Bass

Lakes and Reservoirs

Largemouth Bass

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Rivers and Streams

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Southeastern 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. 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. Walleye and bass compete for top honors in this region. Lewis and Clark Lake draws anglers from across the nation for its alluring combination of largemouth and smallmouth bass. Other species found in our waters include white bass, muskie, northern pike, sauger, saugeye, sturgeon, brown trout, rainbow trout, bullhead, bluegill, perch, channel catfish and crappie. Other fishing waters include: James River, Big Sioux River, Missouri River, Lewis and Clark Lake, Lake Carthage, Tripp Lake, Marindahl Lake, Brant Lake, Lake Madison, Lake Herman, Vermillion Lake, Wall Lake, Burbank Lake, Lake Alvin, Lake Lakota. Handicap accessible fishing piers have been installed in a number of state parks, including Lake Herman, Walker’s Point, Lake Vermillion, Lake Alvin, Lewis & Clark, and Springfield Recreation Areas. These piers

The region has over 175 lakes and 3 major rivers

feature low railings, accessible ramps, sidewalks and nearby parking. South Dakota fishing waters, excluding tribal trust land, are open to anyone May 18-20, 2012 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. 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 Dam, near Yankton, which is 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, near Yankton, raises the endangered pallid sturgeon and the paddlefish. 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 6 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 605-665-3352. South Dakota’s fishing season never closes. Your annual license is good year-round. For the true sportsman with a warm disposition and a good down parka, ice fishing can be a great relief to cabin fever. For more information about fees and regulations, contact the South Dakota Dept. of Game, Fish & Parks, 412 W. Missouri, Pierre, SD 57501. Call (605) 773-3485 or visit www.state.sd.us/gfp/

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Lewis & Clark Trail Historic Sites Along 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.

Spirit Mound: 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 investigate. 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 48

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 socalled “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.

Re-enactors at Spirit Mound, near Vermillion


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 Dunham Company Real Estate 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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River Rambling The James River is a typical prairie stream. It 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 getting a drink at the water’s edge. There are several access points near US and SD Highways. Originating in northeastern South Dakota, the Big Sioux River winds southward to Sioux Falls, where it forms the boundary between South Dakota and Iowa, until it meets the Missouri 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 River. Paddlers favor the segment from Lien Park in Sioux

Kayaking on Split Rock Creek

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. A park

entrance license is required. Note, there are several low head dams where your watercraft must be portaged to the other side. If you are a white-water paddler, the high water spring flow and heavy 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 the 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 quite hazardous for those not (Continues on Page 52)

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ermillion is a communit y of 10,000 people that lies atop a bluff of the Missouri River and offers much to attract every kind of visitor.

Historic Downtown is comprised of over 90 locations that offer dining, art, entertainment and specialt y shops. Relax in the pocket parks and enjoy the new plaza, “Ratingen Platz.” The historic district is lined with beautiful architecture. National Music Museum View more than 15,000 rare, antique musical instruments from all corners of the globe and all ages of history at this internationally famous museum. Nine galleries showcase intriguing musical instruments from America, Europe, and many nonWestern countries. The museum is home to a Javanese gamelan, instruments by Antonio Stradivari, and one of Johnny Cash’s favorite guitars.

The Missouri National Recreational River The river forms much of the border between South Dakota and Nebraska. Designated a National Wild and Scenic River by the National Park Service, it preserves two stretches of the Missouri River (the 59 mile reach between Gavins Point Dam and Ponca State Park and the 39 mile reach between Ft. Randall Dam and Running Water). The vast river 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.

Clay County Park is situated along the banks of the Missouri River and offers 34 acres of camping facilities, picnic areas, playground, boat ramp, fishing dock, trails for hiking, biking and viewing nature. The park is a combined effort of Clay Count y and SD Game, Fish and Parks.

The National Music Museum

It is located 4 miles southwest of Vermillion off SD Highway 50, 605-624-5571.

Valiant Vineyards Winery at Buffalo Run Resort South Dakota’s oldest winery. The resort’s spectacular setting along the Vermillion River and inviting décor offer a relaxing escape from the ordinary. Lunch, wine tasting and tours are available on a daily basis. While at the winery Photo by Chad Cable enjoy the hospitalit y of the Buffalo Run Resort.

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

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Vermillion close to everything. far from ordinary.

Clay County Park, located along the Missouri National Recreational River, which is a National Park

treasures of European homesteaders. Enjoy an outstanding collection of Dakota and Lakota artifacts and historic photographs of legendary leaders from 1869 to 1883.

Valiant Vineyards Winery South Dakota’s Oldest Winery

More Attractions: Austin-Whittemore House, Universit y of South Dakota, DakotaDome, Old Main, Prentis Park

W. H. Over Museum 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

7 miles west of I-29 between Sioux Falls, SD and Sioux City, IA 116 Market Street, Suite 103, Vermillion, SD 57069 1-800-809-2071 vcdc@vermillionchamber.com www.vermillionchamber.com

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experienced in white-water paddling. You’ll find access points at Palisades State Park, and township, county, state and federal 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. 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 township, county, state and federal rights-of-way that cross the river. Late summer and fall canoeing is best from the road crossing east of Wakonda to the Missouri River. Colorful fall foliage is especially showy from Vermillion southward. Exploring the Missouri River

by canoe or kayak is something you'll never forget. This river experience, however, is not for the novice paddler. If there is one thing that the “Mighty Mo” demands, it is respect. The Missouri is a big river that on windy days looks more like a large reservoir with whitecapped waves that can easily swamp a canoe. There are no rapids, but sunken sandbars, snags (uprooted trees stuck in the river bottom that may or may not be visible above the water's surface), and other obstacles abound. An eddy is a sure sign of an obstacle just below the water's surface. The Missouri is also 20 feet or more deep in places. Know your paddling ability and don't exceed it. For more information, see page 50 or visit www.nps.gov/mnrr.

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The Missouri National Recreational River The 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. 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. 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. You can also camp, tour powerhouses and historic sites, birdwatch, trace the Lewis and Clark Expedition, visit a fish hatchery and aquarium, and explore quiet trails.

Lewis and Clark Visitor Center Various opportunities exist to

explore the Lewis and Clark saga along the Recreational River, with the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center at Gavins Point Dam providing a particularly useful introduction to the story. The visitor center offers views of the river, Lewis and Clark Lake, and Gavins Point Dam. It has information, exhibits, a theater, and a bookstore. National Park Service

and Corp of Engineers staff can help you plan your visit. The park’s web address is www.nps.gov/mnrr

Get a Free Brochure for the

Missouri River Corridor This brochure contains a map of the river along with information about activities on the river, nearby attractions and campgrounds.

1-888-353-7382 or download at www.southeastsouthdakota.com/attractions/ missouri-national-recreational-river.php


MITCHELL

N. SIOUX CITY PARKSTON SALEM SIOUX FALLS

TEA

175

106

12

48

124

53

154

• •

74

40+

YANKTON

Missouri River KOA, S off E. Hwy 50, 807 Bill Baggs Rd, 605-260-1010, 800-562-7218

73

BERESFORD

Union Grove State Park 11 mi. S of Beresford off I-29, 605-987-2263 Big Sioux Recreation Area, 4 mi. S of Brandon off I-90, Exit 406, 605-582-7243 Lake Vermillion Recreation Area 5 mi. S of I-90, Exit 374, 605-296-3643 Newton Hills State Park 6 mi. S of Canton off Co. 135, 605-987-2263 Palisades State Park, 7 mi. N , 1 mi. W of I-90, Exit 410, 605-594-3824 Lake Herman State Park, 2 mi. W of Madison off SD 34, 605-256-5003 Walker’s Point Recreation Area, 9 mi. SE of Madison off SD 19, 605-256-5003 Springfield Recreation Area, 1 mi. E of Springfield off SD 37, 605-668-2985 Tabor Lakeside Use Area, (primitive camping) 6 mi. S of Tabor off SD 52, 605-668-2985 Chief White Crane Recreation Area 5 mi. SW of Yankton off SD 52, 605-668-2985 Lewis & Clark Recreation Area 6 mi. SW of Yankton off SD 52, 605-668-2985

50 •

5

6

9

5

1

17

4

70

May 1 to Oct. 1

May 1 to Oct. 1

May 1 to Nov. 1

Apr. 1 to Oct. 31

Apr. 1 to Nov. 15

April to November

May 1 to Oct. 31

Apr. 15 to Oct. 15 All Year

Apr. 1 to Oct. 15

March to October

• •

Call for info

• •

Months Open

Guest Laundry

Hiking Trail

Playground

Fishing

Swimming

Picnic Shelters

Boat Dock

Boat Ramp

Dump Station

97

Handicap Access Cabins

Showers

23

Red Barn RV Park, 47003 272nd Street I-29, Exit 73, 605-368-2268 Clay County Campground, Timber Road 4 mi. SW of Vermillion off SD 50, 800-809-2071 Ufford Hills Campground, 605-677-8775 1.25 mi. E on Main Street, 605-624-3618

VERMILLION

Pull -Through Sites

May to October

Apr. 1 to Aug. 30

All Year

All Year

So u t h e a St r egion

MADISON

8+

Tent Sites

ELK POINT

Ingalls Homestead, 20812 Homestead Rd. 1-800-776-3594, 605-854-9040 City Park Campground, I-29, Exit 18 605-356-2141 Prairie Village Campground, 2 miles west on Hwy. 34 & 81, 1-800-693-3644 KOA Mitchell, 41255 S.D. Hwy. 38 605-996-1131 Lake Mitchell Campground, N. Hwy. 37 605-995-8457, 995-8450, 995-8455 Sioux City North KOA, 675 Streeter Drive 1-800-562-5439, 605-232-4519 Dakota HorizInn Campground, 800-883-3021 205 N. SD Hwy. 37, 605-928-3021 Camp America Campground 25495 US 81, 605-425-9085 Sioux Falls KOA, N. Cliff Ave. & I-90 1-800-KOA-9865, 605-332-9987 Tower Campground, 4501 W. 12th Street 605-332-1173 Yogi Bear Camp Resort, 26014 478th Ave., Brandon, 605-332-2233, 800-638-9043

Camping Cabins

DE SMET

Name/Address/Phone

Electric Sites

City/Town

Handicap Access Sites

PRIVATE CAMPGROUNDS

Number of Campsites

Campground Directory

All Year

STATE CAMPGROUNDS

BRANDON CANISTOTA CANTON GARRETSON MADISON

SPRINGFIELD TABOR YANKTON

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

25

2

49

1

43

6

3

2

94

1

90

4

7

3

128

2

109

9

8

2

34

1

22

12

6

1

72

2

69

2

2

2

43

1

42

1

2

2

20

19

8+

2 •

146

2

144

417

4

67

1

2

1

1

All Year

6

All Year

1

All Year

2

All Year

1

All Year

1

All Year

All Year Apr. 1 to Oct. 31

All Year

All Year

10

2

417

17

3

67

2

1

• 1

8

4

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 same-day reservation campsites. A weekend campsite report is available on the state park website at www.gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/ each Wednesday, during the reservation season. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these listings, all information is subject to change.

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CANISTOTA

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

30

DAKOTA DUNES

Country Inn & Suites, I-29 Exit 1, 151 Tower Rd, 605-232-3500, 800-456-4000

70

ELK POINT

Hometowne Inn, I-29 Exit 18, 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

HOWARD

Windward Inn, Maroney Commons, 103 S. Main, 605-772-4700

24

LARCHWOOD, IA

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

97

MITCHELL

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

72

Days Inn, I-90 & Hwy. 37, Exit 332, 1506 S. Burr, 605-996-6208, 800-329-7466

68

Hampton Inn, I-90 Exit 332, 1920 Highland Way, 605-995-1575, 866-252-2900

75

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

82

Ramada Inn & Suites Conf. Center, I-90 Exit 330, 1525 W. Havens, 605-996-6501

153

• •

Thunderbird Lodge, I-90 Exit 332, 1601 S. Burr St, 605-996-6645, 800-996-2810

48

Comfort Inn, I-29 Exit 2, 1311 River Dr, 605-232-3366

49

Red Carpet Inn & Suites, I-29 Exit 2, 110 Sodrac Dr, 605-232-9600, 866-232-9698

35

PARKSTON

Dakota HorizInn, 205 N. Hwy 37, 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, I-29, Exit 81, 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

Comfort Inn South, 3216 S. Carolyn Ave, 605-361-2822, 800-228-5150

65

Comfort Suites, 3208 S. Carolyn Ave, 605-362-9711, 1-800-517-4000

61

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

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

99

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

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, 1-800-331-3131

66

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

65

Staybridge Suites, 2505 S. Carolyn Ave., 605-361-2298, 1-800-225-1237 Super 8 Motel, I-229 Exit 6, 2616 E. 10th St, 605-338-8881

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• •

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N. SIOUX CITY

Airport Shuttle

68

Kitchenettes

48

Holiday Inn Express, 1103 N. Splitrock Blvd., 605-582-2901

Guest Laundry

Comfort Inn, I-90, Exit 406, 1105 N. Splitrock Blvd., 605-582-5777, 800-4CHOICE

Pets Allowed

BRANDON

Meeting Room

Exercise Room

10

Swimming Pool

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

Jacuzzi/Whirlpool

AVON

HOTELS / MOTELS

Suites

Free Cont. Breakfast

Lounge on Premises

Name/Address/Phone

Handicap Accessible

Restaurant on Premises

City/Town

Number of Units

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Lodging Directory

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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

Riverfront Event Center & Hotel, 121 W. 3rd St, 605-664-0121

17

4

LENNOX

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

3

MADISON

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

16

MENNO

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

3

ROSEBUD

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

VERMILLION

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

5

YANKTON

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

18

Kitchenettes

Airport Shuttle

Suites

Guest Laundry

Pets Allowed

Exercise Room

Swimming Pool

Meeting Room

• •

• •

Suites

All Year All Year

• •

All Year

All Year

All Year

All Year

LR •

LR

• •

• •

Guest Laundry

Pets Allowed

• •

3

1

LR •

1

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

Meeting Room

The Barn Bed & Breakfast, 37191 284th St., 605-337-2483

Restaurant on Premises

GEDDES

Breakfast Served

Name/Address/Phone

TV in Unit

City/Town

So u t h e a St r egion

Months Open

31

Airport Shuttle

46

Kitchenettes/Kitchen Use

Comfort Inn, 701 W. Cherry, 605-624-8333 The Prairie Inn, 916 N. Dakota Street, 605-624-2824

BED & BREAKFASTS, LODGES & VACATION RENTALS

• •

Phone in Unit

YANKTON

Handicap Accessible

VERMILLION

Jacuzzi/Whirlpool

11

Free Cont. Breakfast

91

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

Number of Units with Private Bath

TYNDALL

Name/Address/Phone

Number of Units with Shared Bath

City/Town

Lounge on Premises

Handicap Accessible

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

CONTINUED

Restaurant on Premises

Number of Units

HOTELS / MOTELS

• •

All Year

All Year

All Year

All Year

Apr-Oct

Abbreviations: LR - Living Room/Common Area While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these listings, all information is subject to change.

New Lodge at Lewis & Clark Resort in Yankton sleeps up to 32 people

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2012 Calendar of Events April

February 17 17 17-19 20 21 24 26 28 29

Shoot From the Heart – Archery Complex, Yankton. 605-665-6766 Woody Music – national Music Museum, Vermillion. 605-677-5306 Artists of the Plains Art Show & Sale – Sioux Falls. 605-274-4005 Farm and Home Show – Wessington Springs. 605-539-1929 River North Chicago Dance Company – Sioux Falls. 605-367-6000 A Touch of Brass – national Music Museum, Vermillion. 605-677-5306 Firemen’s Sausage Supper – Delmont. 605-779-2621 Doc Severinsen & His Big Band – Brookings. 605-688-5188 “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” – Sioux Falls. 605-367-6000

March 2 4 9 9-10 16 16

Duo Montagnard – national Music Museum, Vermillion. 605-677-5306 “In the Heights” – Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls. 605-367-6000 Tab Benoit Concert – orpheum Theater, Sioux Falls. 605-335-6101 Coor’s Bull Riding Classic – Fairgrounds, Sioux Falls. 605-367-7178 American Spirit Concert–Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls. 605-367-6000 Baroque Rivalry Heats Up – national Music Museum, Vermillion. 605-677-5306

17 17-18 22 23

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Downtown Sioux Falls. 605-336-1620 Archery Assoc. Masters – Archery Complex, Yankton. 605-661-2160 Farm & Home Show – Wagner. 605-384-3741 USD Student Showcase – national Music Museum, Vermillion. 605-677-5306

Schmeckfest: March 23-24 & 30-31 Schmeckfest means “tasting festival”. Features a full three course ethnic meal, culinary and handicraft demonstrations, historical presentations and exhibits and a full stage musical theater production of “The Wizard of oz”. 2012 will be the 54th annual festival! Freeman, 605-925-4237, www.schmeckfest.com 24 24 30 30

Spring Flea Market and Auction – geddes. 605-337-2501

“Shrek” the Musical – Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls. 605-367-6000 Music of John Denver – Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls. 605-367-6000 Smokin’ Joe Kubeck – orpheum Theater, Sioux Falls. 605-335-6101 Musical Saw – national Music Museum, Vermillion. 605-677-5306 Polar Plunge – Yankton. 605-660-0574 or 605-661-0524 The Midtown Men Concert – Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls. 605-367-6000

20 21 26-27 27-28 28

Musical Journey Around the World – national Music Museum, Vermillion. 605-677-5306 Earth Day Party – great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls. 605-367-7003 Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan Program – national Music Museum, Vermillion. 605-677-5306 44th Annual Dakota Conference: Wounded Knee – Center for Western Studies, Sioux Falls. 605-274-4005 RiverRat Marathon & Off-Road Bike Race – Yankton. www.riverratmarathon.com

May 4 4-5 4-20 5 5 5 6 12 18 18-20

Silver & Wood – national Music Museum, Vermillion. 605-677-5306 Fishing Tournament – Snake Creek rec Area, Platte. 888-297-8175 “Sweeney Todd” – orpheum Theater, Sioux Falls. 605-360-4800 Critter De Mayo – great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls. 605-367-7003 Consignment Auction – Prairie Village, Madison. 605-256-3644 Cinco De Mayo – Downtown Sioux Falls. 605-336-1620 Loyalty Day /Parade – Brandon. 582-7400 Brookings Marathon – Brookings. 605-697-9500 Beginning Geocaching – Lewis & Clark rec Area, Yankton. 605-668-2985 South Dakota Birding Festival – Wagner Area. 605-384-3741

Free Fishing Weekend: May 18-20 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

Farm, Home and Sports Show – Platte. 1-800-297-8175 Canton Community Expo – Canton. 605-764-7864 Celtic Crossroads – Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls. 605-367-6000 A Humorous Look at Trumpets – national Music Museum, Vermillion. 605-677-5306

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9-11 13 13 13 15 19

19 19 19-20 26

Fantastic 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 Memorial Weekend in Mitchell – 605-990-4500

Foothills Rodeo: May 26-27 9th Annual SDrA rodeo includes Bare Back, Saddlebronc, Steer Wrestling, roping, Ladies Barrel racing and goat Tying, BULL riDing, Kids Mutton Bustin, and more. Wessington Springs, 605-539-1929 www.wessingtonsprings.com 26-27 South Dakota Kayak Challenge – Yankton, Missouri national 27 28 28 31

recreational river. 605-864-9011 Geocaching 101 – newton Hills State Park, Canton. 605-987-2263 Memorial Day Program & Smorgasbord – geddes. 605-337-2188 Memorial Day Program – Delmont. 605-779-2621 Argus Leader Ribfest – Sioux Falls. 605-367-7288

June

58

1-2 1-3 1-3 2-3

SD Street Rod River Run – Chamberlain. 605-734-5632 Argus Leader Ribfest – Sioux Falls. 605-367-7288 Tractor Ride – Prairie Village, Madison. 605-256-3644 Siouxland Renaissance Festival – Sioux Falls. 866-489-9241


Northern Bull Riding Tour – Prairie Village, Madison. 605-256-3644 Hot Dog Days – Tyndall. 605-589-4050 Zippity Zoo Day – great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls. 605-367-7003 Herman Luce Pioneer Days – Lake Herman, Madison. 605-256-5003 Great Plains Balloon Race – Sioux Falls. 605-310-2337

4 4

Fireworks – Avon. 605-286-3213 Fireworks Over the Missouri River – Yankton. 605-668-5242

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant: July 6-8, 13-15 & 20-22 Unique outdoor theatre experience held on the prairie south of DeSmet. Actors bring Laura’s book, “The Long Winter”, to life. Free wagon rides for kids. DeSmet, 800-776-3594 or 800-800-3383, www.desmetpageant.org

South Dakota Shakespeare Festival: June 8-10 outdoor Shakespeare performances and theatre workshops for all ages. All festival events are free and open to the public. Photo from USD’s Twelfth Night. Vermillion, 605-622-0423 www.sdshakespearefestival.org

Czech Days: June 14-16 enjoy old european traditions including Czech foods, music, polka dance-ff contest, kolace 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 14-16 15-16 16

7-8 12-14 13-15 14 14-15 18

Railroad Days – Prairie Village, Madison. 605-256-3644 Antique Tractor Ride – Yankton. 605-665-9785 Hot Harley Nights – Sioux Falls. 605-334-2721 Dutch Oven Gathering – Big Sioux rec Area, Brandon. 605-582-7243 Summer Arts Festival – Brookings. 605-692-2787 Hot Summer Nites: Vettes & Harleys – Sioux Falls. 605-338-4009

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8 8-9 9 9 9-10

Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo: July 19-22 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

Teapot Days – Tea. 605-498-5191 Prairie Hills Art Show – Wessington Springs. 605-539-1963 DakotaMan Triathalon – Lake Alvin recreation Area, Harrisburg. 605-987-2263

16-17 17-22 22 22-24

Mighty Mo Car Show – Chamberlain. 605-734-6049 Tour de Kota Bike Tour – Southeast South Dakota. 605-331-2200 Dalesburg Midsummer Festival – rural Vermillion. 605-624-5571 Motongator Joe’s Country Music Festival – Madison. 605-256-3644

Quarry Days: June 22-24

20-22 20-22 21 21-22 21-22 22

Danish Days Festival – Viborg. 605-326-5344 Powwow Days –Santee Sioux 50th Annual Wacipi, Flandreau. 605-997-3891 Dakota Irish Fair – Sioux Falls. 605-373-9154 AirVenture Cup Race – Mitchell. 414-764-3854 Sioux Falls Air Show – Sioux Falls. 800-333-2072 Miss Prairie Village/Miss Prairie Princess Pageant – Prairie Village, Madison. 605-256-3644

Quarry Days features a golf tournament, tractor pull, baseball game, entertainment at the historic amphitheater, parade, car show, fireworks, and the annual cardboard boat regatta on the Big Sioux river. Dell Rapids, 605-428-4167 www.cityofdellrapids.org

JazzFest: July 26-28 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

Jesse James Days: June 22-24 See a Jesse James gang bank robbery, parade, horse drawn wagon rides, cowboy fast draw, tractor pull, entertainment, fishing derby, food, kids activities, explore Devil’s gulch and enjoy a scenic pontoon ride on the Split rock river. Garretson, 605-594-6721, www.garretsonsd.com 23 24 29-30 29-30 30 30 30 30

Native American/Fur Trader Re-enactment – geddes. 605-337-2501 Brookings Kite Festival – Brookings. 605-688-5423 Automania – Sioux Falls. 605-338-4009 QuiltFest – Freeman. 605-925-4237, djpullman@svtv.com Women’s Try It Day – outdoor Campus, Sioux Falls. 605-362-2777 Tri-State Old Iron Tractor Show/Parade – Yankton. 605-668-2985 GPS Cache Dash – Lewis & Clark rec Area, Yankton. 605-668-2985 Ribs at the Ranch – Freeman Academy, Freeman. 605-925-4237

July 1 1 3 3-4 4 4 4 4 4

Automania – Sioux Falls. 605-338-4009 40th Birthday Party – Palisades State Park, garretson. 605-594-3824 Cruise Night – Lennox. 605-366-6202 Toilet Bowl Races, Fireworks & more – Centerville. 605-563-2291 Fireworks Over Lake Herman – Madison. 605-256-2454 Fireworks, Parade, Road Race, BBQ – Menno. 605-387-2427 July 4th Celebration – Vermillion. 605-624-5571 Kid’s Day – Delmont. 605-779-2621 Old Fashioned 4th of July – Lennox. 605-366-6202

27-28 28 28 28 29

Play in Platte Weekend – Platte. 888-297-8175, www.plattesd.org Mart in the Park & Road Races – Madison. 605-256-2454 Christmas in July – Walker’s Point rec Area, Madison. 605-256-5003 Saturday in the Park & Cruise Night – Canton. 866-445-9603 Canton Car Show – Canton. 605-764-7864

August 3-5 3-5 4

Sioux River Folk Festival – newton Hills State Park, Canton. 605-987-2582 Brandon Hometown Days – Brandon. 582-7400 Classic Car & Antique Tractor Show – Wessington Springs. 605-539-1805

4 4 4 4 5 7-12 9-11 9-12 10-12 10-12 11

Big Sioux Bustle - GPS/Geocaching Race – Brandon. 605-582-7243 Prairie Festival – Armour. 605-724-2468 Old Fashioned Saturday Night & Car Show – Avon. 605-286-3213 Outdoor University – outdoor Campus, Sioux Falls. 605-362-2777 19th Annual Car Show – Prairie Village, Madison. 605-256-3644 Sioux Empire Fair – Sioux Falls. 605-367-7178 Clay County Fair – Fair grounds, Vermillion. 605-624-5571 Harvey Dunn Plein Air Event – DeSmet. 605-854-3176 Fur Trader Days – geddes. 605-337-2501 Scottie Stampede Rodeo & Kuchen Feier – Scotland. 605-583-4419 Adams Homestead Celebration – Adams Homestead and nature

13-16

Preserve, north Sioux City. 605-232-0873 Turner County Fair – Parker. 605-297-4428

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Great Dakota Wine Fest:

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Quilts and Vines: August 11

August 25-26

Stroll through 400 quilts draped over grape vines, antique cars and on the barn. Sample wines from Strawbale Winery and enjoy musical entertainment. Strawbale Winery, Renner, 605-543-5071 www.strawbalewinery.com

18 18 18 21-23

South Dakota wine sampling, grape stomp, amateur wine maker’s contest, cooking demonstrations, music, food and craft vendors. Valiant Vineyards, Vermillion, 605-624-4500 www.greatdakotawinefest.com

Riverboat Days & Summer Arts Festival:

LifeLight Outdoor Christian Music Festival:

August 17-19

August 31 - September 2

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

The nation's largest Free outdoor music festival. it’s your family fun destination featuring six stages, childrens' games, inflatables, skate park, arts, shopping, food/snacks, coffeehouse, and camping. Worthing, 605-338-2847, www.lifelight.org

Riverboat Days Extreme Bull Riding Tour – Yankton. 605-665-9231 Downtown Live – Falls Park, Sioux Falls. 605-338-4009 Perseid Meteor Show/Star Party – Palisades, garretson. 605-594-3824 DakotaFest – Mitchell. 605-996-5567, 1-800-827-8007

September 1

Rockin’ Ribfest: September 1

Corn Palace Festival: August 22-26 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 23-26 This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Jamboree and will feature John Deere. Parades, huge flea market, steam and horse threshing, machinery demos, tractor pulls, train and carousel rides, free musical entertainment, exhibits, more. Madison, 605-256-3644, www.prairievillage.org 22 24-25 25-26 31

Miller Lite Bull Bash – Mitchell. 605-770-8299 Bull-A-Rama – Vermillion. 605-624-5571 “Bash to the Colonies” Sailboat Regatta – Yankton. 605-665-2680 Beginning Geocaching – Pierson ranch, Yankton. 605-668-2985

Monarch Butterfly Tagging – Palisades, garretson. 605-594-3824

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 1-3 2 2 8 8

Labor Day Celebration – Wagner. 605-384-3741 Dutch Oven Chili Cookoff – Lake Vermillion rec Area. 605-296-3643 Triple V Triathalon – Lewis & Clark rec Area, Yankton. 605-668-2985 Foothills Bull Bash – Wessington Springs. 605-539-0014 Menno Car Show – Menno. 605-387-5607, www.mennosd.org

Ribs, Rods & Rock ‘n Roll: September 7-8 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

Grape Stomp Harvest Festival: September 8 Vineyard tour, wine tasting, help harvest grapes and get paid in grape juice or wine, live music, children’s activities, pressing demonstration, Schadé Vineyard, Volga, 605-627-5545 www.schadevineyard.com

Sidewalk Arts Festival: September 8 over 225 vendors: fine art, folk art, craft, non-profit, and large food court, activities for kids, live entertainment throughout the festival. Free event. over 40,000 shoppers attend each year. Downtown Sioux Falls, 605-367-7397 www.sidewalkarts.org

Kuchen & Old Time Harvest Festivals: September 8-9 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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German Fest – Sioux Falls. 605-274-2423 Homesteader Day Celebration – Beaver Creek nature Area, Brandon.

Winter Wonderland Kick-off: November 17 Winter Wonderland at Falls Park is a dazzling display of holiday lights for all ages. Children can visit Santa & Mrs. Claus. This event is Free for the entire family! Park downtown and ride the free Trolley to Falls Park. Falls Park, Sioux Falls, 605-336-1620 www.visitsiouxfalls.com

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St. Joseph’s Indian School Powwow – Chamberlain. 800-584-9200 S. D. Old Time Fiddle Contest & Jamboree – Yankton. 605-357-9357 Outkasts Cruise-in & Car Show – Mitchell. 605-996-7203

Pioneer Power Show: September 22-23 This annual event is a steam, gas and toy show. Features include: 1884 school house railway depot and section car, Murray Corlis stationary steam engine, sawmill, crafts, historic buildings, steam threshing, jail, flour mill, blacksmithing and a parade. Menno, 605-387-5166, www.pioneeracres.com 27-30 28 28-30 29

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South Dakota Festival of Books – Sioux Falls, 605-688-6113. Northern Plains Powwow and Buffalo Feed – Sioux Falls.

October FestiFALL & Candlelight Walk – newton Hills, Canton. 605-987-2263 Festival of the Bands Parade – Downtown Sioux Falls. 605-338-4009

Hobo Marlin’s Pumpkin Train: October 6 ride the train to the Pumpkin Patch! Children age 12 & under pick a pumpkin from the patch. Come enjoy the fun and games along with donuts and cider. Beware of the ghost, "Hobo Marlin"! Prairie Village, Madison, 605-256-3644 www.prairievillage.org 13 14 19-21 20

Harvest Festival – Strawbale Winery, renner. 605-543-5071 Fall Classic Demolition Derby – geddes. 605-337-2501 ZooBoo – great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls. 605-367-7003 Sacota Holiday & Craft Fair – Wessington Springs. 605-539-1515

Pheasant Season Open: October 20, 2012 - January 6, 2013 Hunters from across the nation descend on the region in the fall for their chance at South Dakota’s wily state bird, the Chinese ringnecked Pheasant. 605-773-3485 • www.gfp.sd.gov/hunting

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Parade of Lights – Mitchell. 605-996-5567 Parade of Lights – Sioux Falls. 605-338-4009 Parade of Lights and Chili Feed – Chamberlain. 605-234-4416 Parade of Lights – Avon. 605-286-3213 Chamber Show & Sell Craft Expo – Madison. 605-256-2454 Country Christmas – Centerville. 605-563-2291

Northern Plains Indian Art Market – Sioux Falls. www.npiam.org Lyrics of Love, Loss & Redemption – national Music Museum, Vermillion.

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Country Christmas – Centerville. 605-563-2291 Christmas at the Dells – Dell rapids. 605-428-4167 Festival of Trees, Craft Fair – Canton. 605-764-7864 Victorian Christmas – Dakota Discovery Museum, Mitchell. 605-996-2122 Holiday Open House – Schadé Vineyard, Volga. 605-627-5545 Christmas Festival – W.H. over Museum, Vermillion. 605-677-5228 Christmas Parade, Soup & Pie Supper – Canton. 605-764-7864 Home for the Holidays – Downtown Vermillion. 605-624-5571 Day with Santa – Madison. 605-256-2454 Christmas in Geddes – geddes. 605-337-2501 Twilight Flights – Strawbale Winery, renner. 605-543-5071 Santa Day & Chili Feed – Avon. 605-286-3213 Chili & Pie Feed – Wessington Springs. 605-539-1541 Simply South Dakota Tasting Event – Delmont. 605-779-2621

Ongoing Exhibits & Events Year Round - Sculpture Walk – Downtown Sioux Falls. 605-339-8359 Memorial Day to Labor Day - Falls Park Sound and Light Show – Falls Park, Sioux Falls. 605-338-4009

May 31 - Aug 30 (Thurs evenings) - Summer Porch Series – Strawbale Winery, renner. 605-543-5071

May-Sept - State Parks Hikes & Programs – State Parks. 605-773-3485 June-Sept (2nd & 4th Friday) - Evening in the Vineyard – Wilde Prairie Winery, Brandon. 605-582-6471 For complete, updated calendar of events, visit www.southeastsouthdakota.com We recommend that you call ahead to confirm event information.

Fall Open House – Wilde Prairie Winery, Brandon. 605-310-7384 Welcome Fall Festival – W.H. over Museum, Vermillion. 605-677-5228 Fall Flea Market & Community Auction – geddes. 605-337-2501 Spooktacular Trails – Big Sioux recreation Area, Brandon. 605-582-7243

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3rd Annual Pro Hockey Celebrity Hunt – Mitchell. 605-996-7450 Paralyzed Veterans of America Pheasant Hunt – Platte. 605-337-2170

Christmas at the Homestead: November 10 Adams Homestead house, church and school are decorated for the Christmas season. Tours, refreshments, carolers and arts and crafts vendors. Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, North Sioux City, 605-232-0873, www.gfp.sd.gov

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

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.”

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• Accommodations • Comfort Inn: Your first stop in South Dakota! Comfort Sunshine™ Breakfast. Business center, indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center and milk and cookie reception every night! Great dining right next to hotel and conveniently located right off Interstate 90 at Exit 406. 1105 N. Splitrock Blvd., Brandon, SD 57005, 605-582-5777 or 1-8004CHOICE, email: ci@alliancecom.net, www.comfortinn.com/hotel/ sd065

Holiday Inn Express & Suites: New hotel with a great indoor 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 free internet access, and a full service r e s t a u r a n t n e x t d o o r. 1103 N. Splitrock Blvd., Brandon, SD, 605-582-2901, www.brandon-express.com

Services are organized under these headings: • Accommodations •

• See & Do •

Describes hotels, motels, resorts, lodges, inns, vacation home rentals, bed and breakfast establishments, etc....

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

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

• Shopping • Covers retail specialty shops, galleries and souvenir stores.

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

• Services • Encompasses a variety of essential services.

• See & Do •

Dakota Dunes • Accommodations •

Wilde Prairie Winery: 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. Friday Sunday May 1st to December 31st. 48052 259th Street, Brandon, 605-582-6471, www.wildeprairiewinery.com

Canistota • Accommodations • Best Western U-Bar Motel: 5 miles south of Interstate 90, Exit 368. Quiet, park-like setting, cable TV, guest laundry, free continental breakfast, non-smoking rooms, queen, king and extra long beds, wheelchair accessible rooms, kitchenettes. 3-1/2 blocks south of Ortman Chiropractic Clinic. 130 Ash Street, Canistota, SD 57012. 1-800566-8227.

Country Inn & Suites: 69 cozy, comfortable rooms including suites w/wo whirlpool. 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. I-29 Exit 1, just north of Sioux City, Iowa. 605-232-3500 or 1-800456-4000. Great ★ Service

Camping Reservations Hundreds of campers head for State Parks on the weekend. Reserve campsites up to 90 days in advance at 1-800710-CAMP(2267) or www.CampSD.com


Garretson • See & Do • Devil’s Gulch/Split Rock Park: Garretson, SD, 605-5946721. 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. www.garretsonsd.com

Harrisburg • See & Do • Quartzite formations at Palisades State Park, Garretson

Dell Rapids

Elk Point

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. PO Box 10, Dell Rapids, SD 57022, 605-428-3595, www.cityofdellrapids.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. 605-3563336, www.elkpoint.org

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• Accommodations •

The

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The Grand Opera House, built in 1888, was exquisitely refurbished in 2009. Enjoy concerts and plays or reserve for private functions and weddings. The elegant setting is perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine while enjoying a meal at one of our dinner theaters. 605-428-3580, w w w. d e l l r a p i d s g r a n d operahouse.com, email: thegrandoperahouse@live.com

Freeman Fensel’s Motel & Gift Shop: 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. 500 N. US Hwy. 81. Reservations Ph: 1-800-6583319.

• See & Do • Heritage Hall Museum has one of the largest Native American artifact exhibits in upper Midwest. Featuring pioneer tools, machinery, autos, motorcycles, 1927 air-

Heartland Country Corn Maze: New family activity. Navigate this 11-acre corn maze in a new design for 2012. 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 10th - Oct. 21st; Fri. 5-9, Sat. 12-9; Sun. 12-5. Ph: 605-743-5984. www.heart landcountrycornmaze.com

Howard • Accommodations •

Maroney Commons delivers state-of-the-art meeting and conference space, brand new well-appointed hotel accommodations at Windward Inn and a remarkable culinary experience at Forecast Restaurant, South Dakota’s newest fine dining restaurant. Take a trip off the beaten path and discover more than you might expect at Maroney Commons. Howard, SD, www.maroneycommons.com

Lennox • Accommodations • Steever House Bed & Breakfast: 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. 46850 276th St., Lennox, SD. Ph: 605-647-5055. email: info@steeverhouse.com, www.steeverhouse.com

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plane, large wildlife display, toys, buildings & much more! Admission $2-$4, Tues. - Sat. 11am-4:30pm, Sun. 1pm4:30pm. Memorial Day to Labor Day or by appointment. 748 South Main, Freeman, SD 57029, 605-925-7545, www.freemanmuseum.org, email: info@freemanmuseum.org

Madison 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. Madison Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 467, Madison, SD 57042. Ph: 605256-2454, email: director @chamberofmadisonsd.com, www.chamberofmadisonsd.com

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Historic Prairie Village: 40 restored buildings, Saturday train rides at 2:00 pm, daily carousel rides, chapel car “Emmanuel”, 50th Anniversary Steam Threshing Jamboree featuring John Deere. August 23-26. Special events-summer. Open Mother’s Day - Labor Day. Campingelectricity, 2 shower houses. Weddings, reunions, business picnics. PO Box 256, Madison, SD 57042, 1-800-693-3644, www.prairievillage.org

Mitchell

Mitchell boasts historical and cultural attractions including the World’s Only Corn Palace; Carnegie Resource Center; Dakota Discovery Museum; McGovern Legacy Museum; and the Prehistoric Indian Village. Over 1,000 hotel/ motel rooms, 7 campgrounds, and over 50 restaurants. 601 N. Main St., Mitchell, SD 57301, (605) 996-6223, 866273-CORN(2676). email: cvb@visitmitchell.com, www.visitmitchell.com

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Mitchell Listings continue

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Mitchell Visitor Information Center: Open seven days a week, May 1 – September 30, 8am - 6pm. 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. Located at I-90 Exit 332.

• Accommodations • Comfort Inn & Suites: 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. For reservations call 605-9902400 or 800-4CHOICE, www.choicehotels.com

Days Inn: 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. 1506 S. Burr, Mitchell, SD 57301. 605-996-6208, 800329-7466. www.daysinn.com Hampton Inn of Mitchell: 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. 1920 Highland Way, I-90 Exit 332. Ph: 605-9951575 or 1-866-252-2900. www.mitchell.hamptoninn.com Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites: 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! 810 E. Spruce, Mitchell, SD 57301. Ph: 605-292-9292. www.hiexpress.com/mitchellsd email: mitchellholidayinn express@yahoo.com

Close up of one of the Corn Palace murals, designed by a grade school student and created out of several varieties of corn

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Thunderbird Lodge: 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. I-90 Exit 332, 1 block north. PO Box 984. Ph: 1-800-9962810 or 605-996-6645. www.thunderbird-lodge.com

• Camping • Mitchell KOA: Open May 1 through November 3, 2012. Camping cabins, pull thru sites, 50 amp, Free WiFi, propane, pool in season. Online reservations at KOA.com. Exit 335 off of I-90. 41255 SD Hwy 38, Mitchell, SD 57301. Ph: 605-996-1131 or 1-800-KOA-1236. w w w. k o a . c o m , email: camp@mitchellkoa.com

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Corn Palace Festival: 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. August 22-26, 2012. www.cornpalace.com, email: cornpalace@cornpalace.com, 1800-289-7469.

Salem • Accommodations • Home Motel: Located 3 miles north of I-90, exit 364 on Hwy 81. Comforts of home include clean rooms, close to restaurants, phones & cable TV. We offer triple, double & single rooms. Travelers, Sportsmen and Bikers are welcome. 361 S. Nebraska St., Salem, SD 57078, 605-425-2828, www.home-motel.com or email: homemotel@triotel.net

• Camping • Corn Palace: The unique “ear”chitecture of the Corn Palace is decorated each year with thousands of bushels of corns, grains and native grasses. Free admission! Gift shops! Hours: 8am-9pm Daily, Memorial Day - Labor Day (free tours and video); 8am5pm Daily, April - May & Sept Nov; 8am-5pm Weekdays, Dec - March. Family approved attraction. 604 N Main Street, Mitchell, SD, 57301, 866-273-CORN (2676), w w w. c o r n p a l a c e . c o m , w w w. v i s i t m i t c h e l l . c o m ; cvb@visitmitchell.com Great ★ Service Dakota Discovery Museum: 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. 1300 McGovern Ave., on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SD. Ph: 605-996-2122, info@dakotadiscovery.com, www.dakotadiscovery.com

Camp America Campground: Shaded tent sites, level full hook-up pull-thrus. Pool, free WiFi, laundry, store, playground, fire rings, minigolf, labyrinth. Near Mitchell, Sioux Falls, Madison Prairie Village and Laura Ingalls’ DeSmet home. 1.5 miles N. of I-90, Exit 364. 25495 US 81, Salem, SD 57058, 605-4259085, www.campsalemsd.com

Sioux Falls • Accommodations • Best Western Plus Sioux Falls Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center: We invite you to come and 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


Quilts and Vines, Strawbale Winery, near Sioux Falls and shopping. Complimentary airport and local shuttle. Pet Friendly. AAA Discounts. BW/Harley-Davidson Rider Friendly Group Rates available. 3200 W Maple Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57107. Reservations 605-336-0650 or 800-528-1234, email: reservations@ramkotasf.com, www.SiouxFalls.BWRamkota.com Center Inn: 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. 900 E. 20th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105. Ph: 605-334-9002, 1-800-456-0074. email: centerinn@midconetwork.com, www.thecenterinn.com Clubhouse Hotel & Suites: “When 2nd Best Just Isn’t Enough” stay at Sioux Falls’ premier upscale hotel. Connected to Johnny Carino’s Italian. 100 exquisite guest rooms including 60 fabulous suites. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast including hot waffles. Indoor water playland and hot tub. Great Room with fireplace and fabulous outdoor courtyard with fire pits and gazebo. Take a relaxing walk or bike ride along the river trail – bikes available for hotel guests. Great location in the heart of Sioux Falls’ best dining and shopping. Minutes from area attractions. Complimentary airport and local shuttle service. Club Rewards Program. AAA Discounts. Pet friendly. 2320 S Louise Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57106, I-29 Exit 78 (East one block). 605-361-8700, Reservations 866-534-8700, email: SiouxFalls@ClubHouse-Hotel.com, www.SiouxFalls.ClubHouseInn.com

Hampton Inn: 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. I-29, Exit 78. Ph: 605362-1700 or 800-Hampton. www.siouxfalls.hamptoninn.com Holiday Inn Express & Suites: Conveniently located off 69th and Louise Avenue, our brand 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. Ph: 605-275-4155 Website: www.hiexpress.com email: fsdsf@midconetwork.com

Humphrey’s Bed & Breakfast: Queen Anne Home, built in 1890 and on the Historic Register. 2 rooms plus sitting room and full breakfast served. 3901 S. Hawthorne, Sioux Falls, SD 57105, 605-338-9310, email: ckhpf@msn.com

BY CHOICE HOTELS

Quality Inn & Suites: 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 & airport shuttle. Come experience a new level of Quality. 5410 N. Granite Lane, Sioux Falls, SD 5 7 1 0 7 . 6 0 5 - 3 3 6 - 1 9 0 0 , www.qualityinn.com/hotel/ sd062

Staybridge Suites: 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 c e n t e r, h o t b r e a k f a s t . Extended stay rates. Quality of Excellence award. Torchbearer Award. 2505 S. Carolyn Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57106. 1-800-225-1237, 605361-2298, fax: 605-361-2429. w w w. s t a y b r i d g e . c o m / siouxfallssd Great ★ Service

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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites: 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. Ph: 605-361-0122, email: hiexp@midconetwork.com, Website: www.hiexpress.com/ siouxfallssd

• Camping • Tower Campgrounds / West 12th Properties LLC: Great Location! I-29 Exit 79, Campground on SW corner of interchange. 30/50 hook-ups, cable, WIFI, level sites, pullthrus, playground, picnic tables, showers, laundry. Shade trees. Grassy tent areas. Daily, weekly and monthly rates. Open year round. 4501 W. 12th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57106. Ph: 605-332-1173, email: towercampground@gmail.com Yogi Bear Camp Resort: Spacious pull-thrus. Full hookups, fire rings and cabins. Free showers, Laundromat, heated pool & spa, playgrounds, minigolf, jumping pillow, basketball, volleyball, general store, pavilion, propane, tenting area, visits from Yogi Bear. I-90, Exit 402. 26014 478th Ave, Brandon, SD 57005. 605-3322233, email: reservations@ jellystonesiouxfalls.com, www.jellystonesiouxfalls.com Falls Park Light Show, Sioux Falls

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Tyndall • Accommodations • Shady Rest Motel: Located 5 blocks North of Hwy 50 on Main Street. Newly remodeled, clean, comfortable, quiet rooms. Cable TV, WiFi. New electric heat and airconditioning. Close to restaurants, sports bars, Golf Course & Museum. Look inside then decide! 1401 Main Street, Tyndall, SD 57066, 605-589-4002, email: shadyrestmotel@yahoo.com Sunrise at Lake Yankton Sioux Falls Listings continue

• Dining • Maple Street Café - Best Western Plus Sioux Falls Ramkota Hotel: 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. 3200 W Maple Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57107. I-29 Exit 81 (East one block). 605-336-0650 www.SiouxFalls.BWRamkota.com

• See & Do • J & L Harley Davidson: South Dakota’s premier motorcycle dealership. Specializing in new and used Harley-Davidson motorcycles, service, parts, accessories, clothing, gifts, and collectibles. 2601 W. 60th Street North, Sioux Falls, SD 57107. Ph: 605-334-2721, 1-800-292-3531, email: jl@jl-harley.com, www.jl-harley.com Great ★ Service

Vermillion Strawbale Winery: 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. 47215 257th Street, Renner, SD 57055, Ph: 605-543-5071. email: info@strawbalewinery.com, www.strawbalewinery.com The Outdoor Campus: 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. 4500 S. Oxbow Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57106, 605-3622777, www.outdoorcampus.org Thunder Road Family Fun Park: 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. 8th and Kiwanis, Sioux Falls, SD 57104. Ph: 605-334-4181, email: sfalls@thunderroad.info

Tabor • See & Do • 2012 South Dakota Festival of Books: Join more than 40 top-tier authors for a literary weekend at the South Dakota Humanities Council’s Festival of Books in Sioux Falls, a 10th anniversary event (Sept. 2830). The Festival of Books is “Where readers and writers rendezvous!” 605-688-6113, www.sdbookfestival.com

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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 14-16, 2012. Tabor Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc., P.O. Box 21, Tabor, SD 57063. Ph: 605-463-2476. email: taborczechdays@yahoo.com, www.taborsd.com

Trent I-29 N. of Sioux Falls, Exit 104, 5 miles east. Swim in our “Swimming Hole”. Lifeguards on duty, pontoon, playground & picnic shelter. Trent is the home of River of the Double Bend Campground & Canoe Outfitters. Call for reservations, Dine at Steve’s Burger Bar. PO Box 754, Trent, SD 57065. (605) 428-5472, w w w. s i o u x v a l l e y. n e t / ~kirkerdb

Vermillion offers rich history and heritage. Home of University of SD. Attractions include DakotaDome, Spirit Mound, W.H. Over Museum, National Music Museum, Austin - Whittemore House, Bluffs golf course. Area parks provide camping, fishing, hiking, biking, Missouri River access. Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company, 116 Market Street #103, Vermillion, SD 57069. Ph: 1-800-809-2071, email: vcdc@vermillionchamber.com, www.vermillionchamber.com

Log school at Tabor’s Czech Pioneer Village and Museum


Dakota Te r r i t o r i a l M u s e u m : 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. 610 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Ph: 605-665-3898. Rockin’ RibFest: Historic Downtown Yankton is gearing up for our 6th annual Rockin’ RibFest on Saturday, September 1, 2012. 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! 3rd St., Downtown Yankton. 6052 6 0 - 3 0 0 3 , w w w. h i s t o r i c downtownyankton.com

Unique suspension bridge, Marion

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Comfort Inn: Located west of I-29 on Hwy 50. Free continental breakfast, indoor pool, sauna, fitness center and whirlpool. Museums and University of S.D. nearby. 701 West Cherry Street, Vermillion, SD 57069. Ph: 605-624-8333. email: gm.sd015@choicehotels.com, www.comfortinn.com/hotel/ sd015

Along the Missouri River and Lewis and Clark Lake with 16 campgrounds and 13 lodging accommodations. Foot and bicycle traffic will enjoy the historic, 3,000-foot double-deck Meridian Bridge, it connects with 30 miles of trails. Yankton Chamber and Visitors Center, 803 E. 4th Street, Ya n k t o n , SD 57078, 1-800-888-1460, email: visityankton@yanktonsd.com, www.seeyanktonsd.com Great ★ Service

• See & Do • Clay County Park: 4 miles SW of Vermillion off SD 50, on the last natural stretch of the Missouri River. 34 acres of beautiful wilderness, 40+ campsites (electrical and tent), restrooms, showers, dump station, picnic shelters, playgrounds, boat ramp, fishing dock. Volleyball & horseshoe courts, hiking & horseback trails. Vermillion Area Chamber & Development, 1800-809-2071 Ribs, Rods & Rock N’ Roll: 8th annual event, September 7-8. KCBS sanctioned BBQ event with world-class 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. Downtown Vermillion, Exit 26 off I-29, west 6 mi on Hwy 50. 605-6245571, www.sdbbq.us

So u t h e a St r egion

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• Accommodations • Best Western Kelly Inn & Convention Center: 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. 1607 East Hwy 50. 605-665-2906 or 1-800-5281234. Virtual tour available at www.bestwesternyankton.com Great ★ Service Lewis & Clark Resort: 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. 43496 Lakeshore Drive, Yankton, SD. Ph: 605-665-2680, email: lewisandclarkresort@yahoo.com, www.LewisandClarkPark.com

Lodge at Lewis & Clark Resort: 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. 605-665-2680, www.lewisandclarkpark.com

• Camping • Lewis & Clark Recreation Area: 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. Ph: 605-668-2985. www.lewisandclarkpark.com Great ★ Service

• Dining • JoDean’s Steakhouse & Lounge: 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. 2809 B r o a d w a y, Ya n k t o n , S D 57078. 605-665-9884. w w w. j o d e a n s . c o m , jodeans@iw.net

Southeast South Dakota Tourism Association: Southeast South Dakota welcomes you with Natural Beauty, Homespun Charm, Rural & Native American Heritage. Request a Free 2012 travel packet for Southeast South Dakota. Call 1-888-353-7382 or visit www.southeastsouthdakota.com

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

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South Dakota Vacation Guide / SE Region  

Travel information for Southeast South Dakota

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