Fort Pierre National Grassland

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Fort Pierre National Grassland

South Dakota

(308) 432-0300


Things To Do


The Fort Pierre National Grassland offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities to the public from dispersed camping to fishing to hunting. With the north boundary of the Grassland being located within 8 miles of Pierre, South Dakota, visitors have the choice of camping on the grasslands or sleeping in hotel accommodations.

Map of Fort Pierre Grassland

Latitude, Longitude: 44.155620, -100.349790



  • Camping

    All camping experiences on the Fort Pierre National Grassland will be despersed, as there are no developed campgrounds. Campers will have the opportunity to hike into areas without road access to pitch tents and those campers that prefer to sleep in their campers will be allowed to park up to 30 feet off any desiganted road on the Grassland.

    All camping visitors are prohibited from using charcoal grills, having open camp fires, smoking outside of their vehicles, and operating engines without a spark arresting device installed. Commercial petroleum fueled stoves and lanterns are permitted. All visitors are asked take their garbage home with them, as there is no garbage service avaiable on the Grassland.

  • Fishing

    Ice fishing is a great past time during the winter months for locals and visitors. Anglers can try their luck on several panfish species including: bluegill, large-mouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie, white crappie, bullhead, and catfish. There are a few ponds that are known to have walleye and pike as well.

    Under the new Travel Management rules, several roads were created for seasonal access to ponds for ice fishing. These designated roads are open from December 1 through August 31. Snowmobiliing to the ponds for ice fishing is prohibited, as snowmobiles are only allowed in the Highway 83 right-of-way.

  • Hiking

    These wide-open grasslands are great for taking exploratory strolls.

  • Horseback Riding

    With vast open prairies, the Fort Pierre National Grassland is a primier spot for visitors to enjoy riding horses. The topography is flat to rolling hills so nearly every skill level can enjoy the ride.

    During the summer months, cattle and buffalo can be seen grazing on the Grassland. Riders are encouraged to avoid riding through these livestock herds and reminded to close gates behind them. The use of Certified Weed Free Forage is required on the Fort Pierre National Grassland.

  • Hunting

    The vast prairie of the Fort Pierre National Grassland is home to many deer and antelope. The shrubby drainages located across the Grassland are home to both mule and white-tailed deer. These drainages provide hunters with good walk-in areas during archery and rifle hunting seasons. The antelope can be found dotting the flat lands across the prairie.

    All areas are open for public hunting under state rules and regulations. Shooting a firearm within 150 yards of a developed recreation site or across a forest road is prohibited.

  • Wildlife Watching

    The Fort Pierre National Grassland is teeming with allforms of wildlife from reptiles to feathers. On any given day visitors can see countless species of birds including: upland sandpipers, various raptors, short-eared owls, eastern and western king birds, greater prairie chicken, sharptail grouse, and mcuh more.

    Prairie dog towns are wonderful places to find dens of rattlesnakes and burrowing owls. As long as binoculars are available, the possibilities are endless!

Phone Numbers


(308) 432-0300