Visit Pierre, SD

Greetings from Pierre, South Dakota's capital city. We're not just about business and politics, we're the perfect getaway.

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Adventure Capital

Tucked between two Missouri River reservoirs (Lake Oahe and Lake Sharpe), Pierre offers a variety of water recreation including fishing, boating, waterskiing, windsurfing, jet skiing and more. Rent a pontoon and spend a day floating on the Missouri River.

You'll also find plenty of fun off the water. Experience hair-raising exhibits at the South Dakota Discovery Center and state history at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center and Museum. Tour the Capitol building, war memorials and Governor's Residence. Take a nature walk on Farm Island, stroll the Trail of Governors and traverse the Lewis & Clark Trail. It's all waiting for you on your vacation to South Dakota's adventure capital. Follow the links below to see more.

  • Explore the Trail of Governors featuring life-sized statues of SD leaders.

    Explore the Trail of Governors featuring life-sized statues of SD leaders.

  • Boating on the Missouri River in Pierre, South Dakota.

    Boating on the Missouri River in Pierre, South Dakota.

  • South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center.

    South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center.

  • Horseback riding in Pierre, South Dakota.

    Horseback riding in Pierre, South Dakota.

  • Explore South Dakota's WWII Memorial.

    Explore South Dakota's WWII Memorial.

 

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Capital Game

There's nothing quite like the thrill of a hunt. Pierre's location makes it the ideal place for the state capital and the ultimate destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Pierre and Hughes County boasts one of the highest bird and harvest counts in the state of South Dakota.

Pheasants are plentiful here thanks to the ideal weather, prairie habitat and nearby Fort Pierre National Grasslands. Pierre is also great for prairie chickens and sharp-tail grouse that share a similar hunting season to pheasants. Waterfowl, white tail deer and wild turkey are also popular in the area and have varying seasons.

You can find a full listing of local guide services on our chamber website. For hunting seasons, regulations and license information and fees, please visit the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website.

  • Pheasant hunting season runs mid-October until the end of December.

    Pheasant hunting is a South Dakota family tradition.

  • Pheasant hunting is a South Dakota family tradition.

    Pheasant hunting season runs mid-October until the end of December.

  • Pierre is surrounded by thousands of acres of public and private hunting land.

    Pierre is surrounded by thousands of acres of public and private hunting land.

  • Enjoy late season pheasant hunting in Pierre, S.D.

    Enjoy late season pheasant hunting in Pierre, S.D.

  • Abundant cropland and the Ft. Pierre National Grassland provide excellent pheasant habitat.

    Abundant cropland and the Ft. Pierre National Grassland provide excellent pheasant habitat.

  • Hunters who know prefer to hunt Pierre, SD.

    Hunters who know prefer to hunt Pierre, SD.

  • Pheasant hunting season is locally referred to as Rooster Rush.

    Pheasant hunting season is locally referred to as Rooster Rush.

  • The first pheasant hunting season was held in South Dakota in 1919.

    The first pheasant hunting season was held in South Dakota in 1919.

  • The Chinese Ring-necked Pheasant is the state bird of South Dakota.

    The Chinese Ring-necked Pheasant is the state bird of South Dakota.

  • Many of Pierre's hotels are hunting dog friendly!

    Many of Pierre's hotels are hunting dog friendly!

  • Prairie Chickens are abundant in Pierre and have a similar hunting season as pheasants.

    Prairie Chickens are abundant in Pierre and have a similar hunting season as pheasants.

  • The Sharptail Grouse can also be hunted in and around the Pierre area.

    The Sharptail Grouse can also be hunted in and around the Pierre area.

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Reel Capital

In Pierre, our natural assets run deep. Lake Oahe, Lake Sharpe and many surrounding smaller lakes supply the area some of the best walleye fishing in the nation. South Dakota does not have a limited fishing season so anglers can fish year-round for trout, northern pike, bass, salmon, and catfish.

While the fish are always biting, the time of year and water temperature may affect how you reel in your catch. That's where local guides can help you find the hot spots, a full listing of outfitters can be found on our chamber website. For fishing tips, license information and regulations, please visit the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website.

  • Hook a walleye in Lake Oahe or Lake Sharpe in Pierre.

    Hook a walleye in Lake Oahe or Lake Sharpe in Pierre.

  • Walleye Fishing in Pierre, SD

    Walleye Fishing in Pierre, SD

  • Pierre sits on the shores of Lakes Oahe and Sharpe, two Missouri River Reservoirs

    Pierre sits on the shores of Lakes Oahe and Sharpe, two Missouri River Reservoirs

  • The Missouri River in Pierre, SD is open year-round.

    The Missouri River in Pierre, SD is open year-round.

  • Fishing in Pierre is fun for entire family!

    Fishing in Pierre is fun for entire family!

  • Pierre, South Dakota is known for its northern fishing.

    Pierre, South Dakota is known for its northern fishing.

  • You'll find a variety of fish in Pierre that require different bait and techniques.

    You'll find a variety of fish in Pierre that require different bait and techniques.

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lodging

With its central location, Pierre is great for family, outdoor and business getaways. You'll find a multitude of hotels and motels to choose from that offer amenities for families and business travelers. If you're looking for a great place to host a small meeting or convention, visit our Chamber site to learn more about the variety of meeting spaces available in the Capital City.

Getting to Pierre

Drive:

Pierre is located in central South Dakota, and just 30 minutes north of Interstate 90 on highways 14, 34, and 83.

Fly:

Pierre Regional Airport is the only airport in central South Dakota offering scheduled air service. Charter flights are also available.

 

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Pierre Business Improvement District #1
800 W Dakota Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501

Ph: (605) 224.7361
Fx: (605) 224.6485

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