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.
Boating rules and Regulations
- 2016 SD Boating Laws and Responsibilities Handbook
- Effective May 2015: New Aquatic Invasive Species Rules and Regulations
- Federal Inland Navigation Rules
Boating Safety Courses
- Boat Ed South Dakota Online Course
- Boat US Foundation South Dakota Online Course
- Boater Exam South Dakota Online Course
Boat Registration and Licensing
federal regulations for commercial vessels
- Fishing and Boating Access: Interactive map showing shorefishing and boat dock locations.
- Dock Regulations
- Maps of SD Lakes
- Lakeside Use Areas
- Fishing waters information: Includes information on location, size, facilities, type of fish and more.
Accessible Fishing Docks
ADA accessible fishing docks have been installed in several state parks. These floating piers feature low railings, wheelchair accessible ramps, sidewalks and nearby parking.
Other accessible GFP fishing areas include piers on the LaFramboise Island causeway near Pierre, Lake Oahe tailwaters near Pierre, Mirror Lake and Coxes Lake near Spearfish, Ravine Lake near Huron and Lake Mitchell near Mitchell on the west end of the fishing bridge.