Bald Eagle Range
After being considered rare breeders in South Dakota, it is now much more common to see nesting pairs throughout the state. Wintering birds concentrate below Missouri River dams, in the flowing stretches
of the Missouri River, and in parts of the Black Hills.
Golden Eagle Breeding Range
Golden eagles nest mainly west of the
Missouri River in South Dakota. Many are year-round West River residents.
Wintering and migrant birds may visit other parts of the state.
Special Places to View
Central South Dakota
Pierre and Fort Pierre, particularly on and
near the Missouri River.
Missouri River below Oahe Dam in Stanley
County. Campgrounds 1, 2 and 3 are open to foot traffic only during the winter.
Eastern South Dakota
Karl Mundt National Wildlife Refuge in
Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge
(particularly migrating bald eagles).
Anywhere East River during spring and fall
migration, especially in cottonwood forests of the James and Big Sioux rivers.