Randall Creek Recreation Area

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Randall Creek Recreation Area

South Dakota

(605) 487-7046

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Overview

Randall Creek Recreation Area is located on the banks of the Missouri River, immediately downstream from Fort Randall Dam. Visitors can spend hours peacefully watching the water flow, observing the wildlife in the area, and enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding shoreline. Randall Creek is one of the South Dakota state parks that offers the opportunity for visitors to see the majestic bald eagle. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began building the dam in 1946 and it started generating electricity in 1954.

The eagle roost area in the park is a designated National Natural Landmark. In South Dakota, many bald eagles spend their winters below the dams on the Missouri River, where they are able to catch fish and prey on waterfowl attracted to the open water. They typically perch within fifty feet of the riverbank in tall cottonwood trees. The birds usually feed in the morning and rest in their roosting trees in the afternoon. The state restricts winter use in order to prevent visitors from disturbing the birds.

Map of Randall Creek Rec. Area (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.082834, -98.562812

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Activities

  • Boating

    A boat ramp provides access to the river.

  • Bird Watching

    Randall Creek offers the opportunity for visitors to see the majestic bald eagle. The eagle roost area in the park is a designated National Natural Landmark. In South Dakota, many bald eagles spend their winters below the dams on the Missouri River, where they are able to catch fish and prey on waterfowl attracted to the open water. They typically perch within 50 feet of the riverbank in tall cottonwood trees. The birds usually feed in the morning and rest in their roosting trees in the afternoon. Bald eagles will abandon their roosts if disturbed by humans. For this reason, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks prohibits motorized traffic in state recreation areas with winter bald eagle roosts. Walkers and cross-country skiers are allowed in these areas but must refrain from disturbing roosting bald eagles.

  • Camping

    There are two campgrounds with a total of 132 campsites, three of which are accessible. There are also two cabins which each accommodate four people. The campgrounds are closed from October 1 through April 30 due to bald eagle roosting.

  • Fishing

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

  • Historic Sites

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began building the dam in 1946 and started generating electricity in 1954. Visitors can learn more about the US Army Corps of Engineers' projects at the nearby Corps of Engineers Visitor Center.

  • Picnicking

    There is a picnic shelter.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campgrounds.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round, but vehicle traffic and camping are prohibited in the campgrounds from October 1 through April 30 due to bald eagle roosting. Visitors on foot can view the bald eagles during the winter.

Directions

Driving

Located 1 mile W of Pickstown off US 281, below Fort Randall Dam on the west side.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(605) 487-7046

Campground reservations

(800) 710-2267

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