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Parks and Picnic Areas

A well-lighted walking trail and views of the State Capitol are highlights of Hilger’s Gulch Park, a favorite sledding spot in snowy weather. On the west slope, Governor’s Grove features historic identity markers of former South Dakota governors.

The Pierre Riverwalk/Bicycle Path begins at Griffin Park, located adjacent to the city’s marina and boat ramp. As the path continues upriver, it passes through Steamboat Park.



Across town, free tennis courts and playground equipment are found at two of Pierre’s smaller parks, Devine and LaBarge.

For information about Pierre city parks, visit http://ci.pierre.sd.us/Department.aspx?id=14, or call (605) 773-7437.

Located in Fort Pierre at the mouth of the Bad River, Fischer’s Lilly Park marks the spot where Lewis and Clark’s expedition first met the Teton Sioux. Learn more about this park — and the historic encounter that took place there — at www.fortpierre.com.



Seven miles of hiking, bicycling, snowshoe and cross-country skiing trails traverse the woods and meadows of LaFramboise Island, a day-use state park to the southwest of Pierre.

Excellent fishing, hiking and bird watching and its close proximity to Pierre make Farm Island Recreation Area a popular state park year-round.



Recreational opportunities abound at Oahe Downstream. Along with fishing, hiking, disc golf and three campgrounds, Oahe features the only ORV area in the state park system.

Located on Lake Oahe 15 miles northwest of Pierre, Cow Creek Park is a great place for fishing and boating. Stay in this state park’s campground or enjoy primitive camping along the shore for spectacular views of the water.



A day-use state park, Spring Creek is known for its walleye, sauger and pike fishing. Camping is available at nearby Cow Creek.

Campers and day-trippers alike enjoy the wilderness seclusion and sandy beaches of Okobojo Point Recreation Area, a state park 17 miles northwest of Pierre.

The cool waters of West Bend Recreation Area offer great walleye fishing, and the state park’s protected marina provides convenient boat launching. West Bend is 35 miles southeast of Pierre.

For information about South Dakota state parks, visit www.sdgfp.info.

Weather
Adverse weather is possible in any season and can make unsurfaced roads impassable. Listen to or watch local weather reports to avoid becoming stuck and stranded in remote areas. The radio stations listed below, along with others, provide general weather information and broadcast storm watches and warnings. Include a portable radio when you pack for your trip.



Boat ramps
More than three dozen boat ramps dot the shores of Lake Oahe and Lake Sharpe; access to Lake Oahe sites depends on the reservoir’s water levels. Click on the area map link for the locations of area boat ramps. For updated information on possible ramp closings, visit http://gfp.sd.gov/fishing-boating/boating/default.aspx