Cow Creek Recreation Area

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Cow Creek Recreation Area

South Dakota

(605) 223-7722

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Cow Creek Recreation Area provides scenic rolling hills, wide expanses of prairie, and one of the most outstanding vistas along Lake Oahe Reservoir on the Missouri River. This 251 acre park in Sully County, South Dakota has 40 non-electric campsites, a picnic shelter and boat ramp. Visitors enjoy quiet, scenic, almost wilderness atmosphere of the atmosphere. The miles of sandy beach invite park visitors to play in the water, enjoy a volleyball game, try some shore fishing and walk near the river wave.

Water-lovers enjoy fishing, boating, or just watching the waves at Cow Creek. Both primitive shoreline camping and campground camping are available. The shoreline sites offer outstanding views of Oahe Resevoir, which provides hours of outdoor fun. The lake has more than 2,000 miles of shoreline and its clear waters are ideal for boating, sailing, fishing, water skiing and diving. Campers, history buffs, mountain bikers and hikers will find new adventures in this rugged land first explored by Lewis and Clark.

Map of Cow Creek Rec. Area (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.561670, -100.496670



  • Boating

    Lake Oahe Reservoir offers great opportunities for boating and sailing, facilitated by the boat ramps accessible from Cow Creek Recreational Area.

  • Camping

    Both primitive shoreline camping and campground camping are available. Campsites in the campground have easy access to drinking water and restrooms/showers. The campsites are open from May to September. There are forty campsites in all, and the ten non-electric sites are open on a first come, first-served basis.

  • Fishing

    A fishing license is required. Lake Oahe Reservoir is home to walleye, sauger, northern pike, channel catfish, trout, and bass. There are boat ramps and fish cleaning stations.

  • Picnicking

    There is a picnic shelter located on the shores of the lake.

  • Water Sports

    Water skiing and diving are both popular activities on Lake Oahe, although there is no lifeguard on duty.


The park is open year-round. The region is known for cold, dry winters and hot summers, with high winds at times.



5 miles northwest of Pierre off SD 1804


The closest airport is Pierre Regional Airport, located in Pierre, South Dakota.

Phone Numbers


(605) 223-7722


(800) 710-2267