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Boat Ramps

Park Permit: Required
Boat license and registration: Required
Boat numbering: Required
Boating hours: Operation is not permitted between one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise unless proper navigation lights are displayed.

Boat Ramp Status

Boating Safety, Rules & Regulations

Home to hundreds of lakes and natural waterways, from the mountain lakes of the Black Hills and the manmade "Great Lakes of South Dakota," to the Missouri River and Big Sioux River, as well as a multitude of rivers, tributaries, streams, and creeks, South Dakota's park system includes around 300 boat ramps.

Accessible Boat Ramps

To ensure that everyone has the opportunity to catch "the big one," 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.

Boat Ramp Courtesy

Prevent boat ramp traffic jams by practicing common courtesies at the ramp.