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Motorcycles, motocross bikes, golf carts and all-terrain and off-road vehicles (ATVs and ORVs) are allowed in many public areas around Pierre and Fort Pierre.

In the Oahe Downstream ORV area, you’ll find a motocross race track open to the public as well as some 400 acres of hills, bluffs and shale slopes to explore. There are no designated trails, but boundaries are marked — and ORVs are only allowed within these areas of Oahe Downstream. Vehicles don’t have to be licensed or have a park entrance license within the ORV area.

In all other state parks, licensed ARVs and ORVs may be used on designated, marked roads and trails; a valid park entrance license is required to use such vehicles on park grounds. For more information, go to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Web site, www.sdgfp.info or call (605) 223-7722.

Fish in the morning, golf in the afternoon: It’s possible in Pierre, where all three area golf courses are located adjacent to the river.

Next to the Fort Chouteau Historical Site, the Dunes Golf Course is a USGA-rated 18-hole, par-63 course with a driving range, a lounge and a short-order grill. One mile north of Fort Pierre on Highway 1806. (605) 223-2525.

Pierre’s 18-hole, par-72 championship Hillsview Municipal Golf Course is open to the public and groups are welcome. The golf complex features an outstanding practice facility and group and private lessons with PGA professional staff. Call for tee times up to a week in advance. Two miles east of Pierre on Highway 34. (605) 224-6191. www.hillsviewgolfcourse.com

Located on Lake Oahe, the Oahe Trails Golf Course offers beautiful views of the lake. This championship course has five tee boxes to accommodate all levels of players. (605) 224-9340. www.oahetrails.com.

A growing sport among people of all ages, disc golf is popular in the Pierre–Fort Pierre area, which features two disc golf courses.

The game is simple: Players take turns throwing plastic discs — Frisbees — at a metal basket. Each player then throws again from wherever his disc lands, until he lands the disc in the basket. At the end of the course, typically nine “holes,” the player who finishes the hole in the fewest throws wins.

Play at the Oahe Downstream and Steamboat Park disc golf courses is free; at Oahe, a valid park entrance license is required. Both parks have discs available for check-out. Contact the Pierre Parks Department for more information: (605) 773-7445.

Tennis is a popular warm-weather pastime in Pierre, which offers a dozen free public courts at city parks. Griffin Park is the local center for playing, learning or watching tennis. The riverside park’s eight courts include six completed in 2004; four are lighted. A nearby clubhouse and concessions provide convenient services to players and spectators.

Devine Park, located a few blocks away, and LaBarge Park, on the north side of town, each feature two tennis courts. Contact the Pierre Parks Department for more information about tennis facilities and activities: Website, or (605) 773-7445.

South Dakota’s season of cold and snow creates the ideal setting for winter sports. The trails at Oahe Downstream, La Framboise Island and Farm Island are popular places to snowshoe and cross-country ski.

The best sledding is found at Hilger’s Gulch Park, located close to the Capitol in Pierre.

On the smaller lakes and ponds in the area, ice skating is a popular winter pastime. Ice skaters also enjoy open skating, hockey and figure skating at the two ice rinks in the Fort Pierre Community Expo Center, open mid-October through mid-March; rental skates are available. For hours and fees, contact the Expo Center at (605) 223-2178.

As the New Year begins, so does South Dakota’s remarkable ice fishing season. Walleye and northern pike are the biggest of the winter catches, but it’s the smaller yellow perch, topping out at about two pounds, that draws the most attention.

For perch, crappie, bass, northern pike and walleye, fish through the ice at Griffin Park and Farm Island. Find walleye, sauger, northern pike, bass, channel catfish, salmon, trout and panfish at Oahe Downstream.

Ice fishing isn’t the only option: Cast from the fishing pier at the causeway north of LaFramboise Island, a well-known spot for wintertime walleye, trout and northern pike fishing. General information about fishing in South Dakota, including licensing and fishing tips, is online at www.sdgfp.info.