South Dakota, with its 1,100 square miles of water, is a paradise for anglers and water sports enthusiasts. The scenic Missouri River flows through the heartland of the state. Damming of the river created more than 900 miles of open waterway, much of which is dotted with State Park Recreation Areas. There are well over 400 glacial and manmade lakes scattered throughout South Dakota, the largest of which is 29,000 acres.
The sparkling waterways and crystal-clear lakes of South Dakota are home to more than thirty sport fish species, including walleye, perch, large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, salmon, crappie, channel cat, trout, and northern pike. During the winter months, South Dakota’s lakes are popular sites for ice fishing. Exceptional fishing locations include:
The calm waterways of South Dakota are also excellent for kayaking and canoeing. Some of the state’s prime kayak and canoe waterways include:
More than one million vacationers visit the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area each year. The area provides countless hours of aquatic activities—fishing, boating, swimming, and more—in addition to 90 miles of beautiful shoreline for sunbathing and relaxing.
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