Little Moreau Recreation Area

Quick Facts

Little Moreau Recreation Area

South Dakota

(605) 374-5114

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This prairie oasis is home to an abundance of animals and plants. It is an ideal park for people seeking boating, fishing, camping, and swimming opportunities. Be on the lookout for red foxes, bobcats and coyotes. Bird species include wild turkeys, sharptail grouse, gray partridge, pheasants, and snowy and great-horned owls. In the winter, visitors often spot bald and golden eagles. The sheltered watersheds of the Moreau and Little Moreau Rivers, originally Big Owl and Little Owl, provided traditional winter campgrounds for the Cheyenne, and later the Minneconjou and Two Kettle bands of Teton Sioux. The river names were later changed from Owl to the name of an early trader. Grassland attracted the first European settlers to the Moreau Valley. During the late 1870s through 1890s, cattle barons from southern states grazed thousands of cattle on this rich grassland.

Map of Little Moreau Rec. Area (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.723439, -102.282028



  • Boating

    A boat ramp provides access to Little Moreau Lake.

  • Camping

    There are five campsites available year-round on a first come, first served basis. They are all non-electrical.

  • Fishing

    Shoreline fishing is permitted in the lake.

  • Picnicking

    There is a picnic table beside the lake.

  • Water Sports

    There is a swimming beach but no lifeguard.


The park is open year-round. The region's harsh winters make the park more attractive to visitors in the summer months.



Located 6 miles S of Timber Lake off SD Hwy 20.

Phone Numbers


(605) 374-5114