Central Region

Central Region

South Dakota’s Central Region has attractions that won’t let you forget you’re in the heart of South Dakota. The vast expanse of the open hunting grounds, the rushing waters of the Missouri River, and the majesty of the State Capitol Building in Pierre anchor South Dakotans to the land that is South Dakota.

Missouri River

The Missouri River runs right down the center of South Dakota and offers visitors with premier fishing, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, and swimming opportunities.


Although all of South Dakota offers great hunting, central South Dakota may arguably have the best deer and pheasant hunting available in the state. This area is a must for hunting!

South Dakota Hall of Fame

The South Dakota Hall of Fame honors those who contribute to the success of the state of South Dakota. Located in Chamberlain, it’s a quick stop off the interstate and gives great insight into the history of South Dakota and those who’ve helped establish it.

State Capitol Building

South Dakota became a state in 1889, and between 1905 and 1910, the capitol building in Pierre, South Dakota, was built after a long campaign by the city of Pierre to become South Dakota’s capital city.

Oahe Dam and Recreation Area

Oahe Downstream Recreation Area, located five miles north of Fort Pierre, South Dakota, is a haven for water lovers and nature enthusiasts. Enjoy water sports and fishing on Lake Oahe.

Native American Scenic Byway

South Dakota’s Native American Scenic Byway cuts through the middle of South Dakota, and crosses through the reservations of four tribes:  the Crow Creek Sioux, Lower Brule Sioux, Cheyenne River Sioux, and Standing Rock Sioux.  With 305 miles of roads, the byway passes by numerous memorial markers, monuments, museums, and sites sacred to Native Americans.

Verendrye Museum

The Verendrye Museum, located in Fort Pierre, South Dakota, is dedicated to documenting the early history of the Fort Pierre area, and to preserving artifacts from that era.

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