Oahe Downstream Recreation Area

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Oahe Downstream Recreation Area

South Dakota

(605) 223-7722

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Overview

Oahe Downstream Recreation Area's three campgrounds and access to the water give visitors a variety of recreational opportunities, including boating and hiking Lake Oahe is one of the largest constructed reservoirs in the United States, measuring 231 miles and connecting the capital cities of South Dakota and North Dakota.. During the winter, bird watchers can view bald eagles, which roost in the treetops below the dam. The eagles typically perch within fifty feet of the riverbank in tall cottonwood trees.

A number of unique recreational opportunities are available at Oahe Downstream, including a nine-hole disc golf course, the state park system's only off-highway vehicle area, an archery range, and rifle and shotgun trap shooting ranges.

Map of Oahe Downstream Rec. Area (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.437838, -100.389490

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Activities

  • Boating

    The park has a boat ramp. Oahe Marina and Resort, a private business in the park, owns a marina and sells fuel.

  • Bicycling

    Visitors can bike on the Cottonwood Path Trail and the Lewis and Clark Trail. The Cottonwood Path Trail is an easy 1.5-mile ride with interpretive stations along the way. The Lewis and Clark Trail is a paved trail appropriate for all ages. It runs 14.5 miles from Farm Island Recreation Area to Oahe Downstream Recreation Area.

  • Camping

    Three campgrounds offer a total of 205 campsites. Each campground has a comfort station with showers, a playground, and picnic areas. Five camping cabins are located on the waterfront in Campground #3. Each cabin can accommodate four people. The campgrounds are closed to camping November-March for bald eagle winter roosting.

  • Fishing

    With a license, visitors can catch walleye, sauger, northern pike, bass, channel catfish, salmon, trout and panfish. There is an accessible fishing dock and a fish cleaning station.

  • Hiking

    Visitors can bike on the Cottonwood Path Trail and the Lewis and Clark Trail. The Cottonwood Path Trail is an easy 1.5-mile ride with interpretive stations along the way. The Lewis and Clark Trail is a paved trail appropriate for all ages. It runs 14.5 miles from Farm Island Recreation Area to Oahe Downstream Recreation Area.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    The park has an off-highway vehicle area. Check with the park office for more information.

  • Picnicking

    There are picnic shelters around the park. Visitors must pay a fee to use them.

  • RVing

    RV camping with electricity available.

  • Water Sports

    There is a swimming beach but no lifeguard.

  • Winter Sports

    Visitors can cross-country ski in the park.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round, but the campgrounds are closed November through March for bald eagle winter roosting. In the winter, visitors can view the birds roosting in the cottonwood trees below the dam. In the summer, visitors enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation.

Park Partners

Oahe Marina & Resort

Oahe Marina & Resort has rental cabins and camping trailers, a convenience store, and a marina. Oahe Marina has a full-service bait shop with fuel, snacks, tackle, minnows and night crawlers. There is also a drive-up fueling station for boats at the dock.

(605) 223-2627

Directions

Driving

Located 5 miles north of Ft. Pierre on Highway 1806, on the south side of Oahe Dam.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(605) 223-7722

Campground reservations

(800) 710-2267

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