Fisher Grove State Park

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Fisher Grove State Park

South Dakota

(605) 853-2533

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Overview

This historical park along the James River offers fishing, camping, boating and canoeing, hiking, and picnicking opportunities. A restored 1884 country school at the park reminds visitors of earlier times, when this area was a river crossroad for pioneers going east and west across the James River. The river begins in North Dakota and joins the Missouri River at the Nebraska border. The Dakota Trail directs visitors to various sites of historical interest in the park, including Belcher's Ford, where American Indian people and American settlers crossed the river. There are also sites of American Indian food caches and furrows in the ground left from the wheels of the wagons that used the trail over a century ago. The first crossing for the Watertown-to-Pierre stage line crossed the river here on American Indians' traditional rock river crossing. Belchers Ford, as the site was called, had a hotel for tourists. The park is named after Frank I. Fisher, the first permanent European settler in Spink County who lived at this site.

Map of Fisher Grove (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.888578, -98.357935

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Activities

  • Boating

    Visitors can boat on the James River. There are boat ramps and a canoe launching area.

  • Camping

    The park has 28 campsites. Nineteen have electrical hookups. Long-term campsites are also available.

  • Climbing

    Feel free to climb around and check out the variety of wildlife and birds, including deer, beaver, foxes, waterfowl, and songbirds.

  • Fishing

    Visitors with a fishing license can fish on the James River, a tributary of the Missouri River.

  • Hiking

    The Dakota Trail provides an easy hike, appropriate for all ages, with interpretative stations along the trail for visitor education. The interpretive stations point out the various plant species along the trail, as well as sites of historical and geological interest. Visitors may also see a variety of wildlife and birds, including deer, beaver, foxes, waterfowl, and songbirds.

  • Historic Sites

    The park has a restored country-style school house from 1884. The Dakota Trail directs visitors to various sites of historical interest, including Belcher's Ford, where American Indian people and American settlers crossed the river. There are also sites of American Indian food caches and furrows in the ground left from the wheels of the wagons that used the trail over a century ago.

  • Picnicking

    There is a picnic shelter and a playground next to the restored school house and on the shore of the river.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campground.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round, with opportunities for boating and hiking in the warmer months and cross-country skiing in the winter.

Park Partners

Fisher Grove Country Club

(605) 472-1336

Directions

Driving

Located 7 miles east of Redfield off US Hwy 212.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(605) 853-2533

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