Fishing and Boating

Fishing and boating - two great ways to enjoy South Dakota's lakes and rivers


Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities in America. More people fish (40 million) than the combined number of people who play golf and tennis.

If you are looking for the excitement of having a fish on the line...
...the relaxation of a quiet day by the lake...
...a chance to enjoy quality time with family and friends...
...try year-round fishing in South Dakota.

Your adventure begins here.


South Dakota has acres of lakes and miles of rivers tempting boaters, from a rowboat on Grandpa's stock dam to sailing the mighty Missouri River reservoir system. Learn more...

boating information

Boating Safety and Regulations

Please follow these rules for a safe and enjoyable time on the water.

Protect our Waters

Aquatic nuisance species threaten threaten our lakes and steams, and can spoil everyone's enjoyment of the water.

Public Fishing Waters

Want to know where to fish, and how to get on the water? Check out this guide.


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My First Hunt

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