Central Region

South Dakota’s Central Region has attractions that won’t let you forget you’re in the heart of South Dakota. The vast expanse of the open hunting grounds, the rushing waters of the Missouri River, and the majesty of the State Capitol Building in Pierre anchor residents to the land that is South Dakota.

South Dakota’s central region is a stark contrast to the western region of the state. It is highlighted by the Missouri River and its vast recreation and fishing opportunities creating some of the best walleye fishing in the nation. Further, the river and surrounding grasslands and sloughs create some of the best habitat for wing shooting in the United States.

It is this combined hunting and fishing that makes central South Dakota a sportsmen’s mecca. Waterfowl and upland birds both can be found here in record abundance. Pheasants in the fall spring from fields and habitat while ducks and geese migrate and stay for extended periods of time. And the fishing, up and down the entire river is endless.

Pierre, our state capitol can be found here as well as fishing haven Mobridge in the north and countless small towns throughout.  

With its welcoming communities, breathtaking scenery, and rich heritage, Central South Dakota invites visitors to experience the beauty and tranquility of the heartland.

Things To Do In Central South Dakota

The Central Region in South Dakota has attractions that won’t let you forget you’re in the heart of South Dakota. From the amazing hunting and fishing, to the open waters of the Missouri River, this area of the state is every outdoor adverturers dream.

Howard Johnson Inn & Suites

Howard Johnson Inn & Suites

Oacoma

South Whitlock Resort

South Whitlock Resort

Gettysburg

Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center

Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center

Pierre

Circle H Motel / Backyard RV Campground

Circle H Motel / Backyard RV Campground

Lake Andes

Quality Inn Oacoma

Quality Inn Oacoma

Oacoma

River View RV Park

River View RV Park

Fort Pierre

Super 8 Pierre

Super 8 Pierre

Pierre

LaFramboise Island Nature Area

LaFramboise Island Nature Area

Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area

Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area

Hydeout Bed & Breakfast

Hydeout Bed & Breakfast

Highmore

TNT Hunting Lodge Bed and Breakfast

TNT Hunting Lodge Bed and Breakfast

Platte

Chamberlain-Oacoma Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB

Chamberlain-Oacoma Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB

Chamberlain

The Outpost Lodge

The Outpost Lodge

Pierre

West Pollock Recreation Area

West Pollock Recreation Area

Hilger’s Gulch

Hilger’s Gulch

Pierre

Fort Pierre Chouteau Site

Fort Pierre Chouteau Site

Fort Pierre

Great Faces. Great Places.

South Dakota is an incredibly unique state in that each region offers a completely different experience then the others. Check out each of the regions to see what each has to offer!

Badlands

Western South Dakota

Featuring the Black Hills, Badlands, the Sturgis Rally. This region tends to be the most popular.

CENTRAL REGION

This region of South Dakota offers some of the best hunting and fishing in the entire central US. 

Eastern Region

The eastern region is home to the largest city in the state and provides visitors with a true "prairie" experience.