Chamberlain, SD

Quick City Facts

County: Brule
Population (2019): 2,366
Population (2010): 2,387

Data provided by US Census Bureau (2019)

In spite of its relatively small size, the city of Chamberlain offers an abundance of big-city attractions.  Located in Brule County, South Dakota, the city is home to the Akta Lakota Museum, which serves as a rich cultural center exhibiting artifacts and artistic creations of the Sioux Indians. Also located here is the South Dakota Hall of Fame, established in 1974 as a commemoration of the pioneers and leaders who have figured most prominently in the state’s settlement and development.

Among Chamberlain’s additional attractions is the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, dedicated to preserving the rich history of the duo’s travels through the Dakotas. This educational Mecca includes a variety of walking trails along the Missouri River, with historical trail markers indicating the routes taken by the explorers. The Tractor Museum in adjoining Kimball exhibits antique farm equipment used by the Old-West pioneers.

The close proximity of the Missouri River encourages many outdoor recreational pursuits, including scenic hiking, bird watching of the area’s 14 species, and plentiful fishing. The Chamberlain Dude Ranch is great for boating, camping, swimming, and fishing along the picturesque shoreline. At Barger Park, breathtaking views of the river stop foot travelers in their tracks, while an adjacent bike path accommodates those wishing to combine exercise with sightseeing. The American Creek Beach is a popular family destination, equipped with a playground and picnic shelters. At the Chamberlain Country Club, golfers can play the afternoon away at a charming course. The annual Lewis & Clark Sprint Triathlon attracts hundreds of local athletes.

Along Main Street in downtown Chamberlain, visitors and locals enjoy the abundant specialty shops, such as Downtown Antiques and the Quilt Shop, and diverse restaurants, like the local favorite Al’s Oasis (home of the five-cent cup of coffee and the famous lemon cream-cheese pie).

Popular Attractions

Country Inn & Suites

Country Inn & Suites

Rapid City

Depot Museum / Harvey Dunn School

Depot Museum / Harvey Dunn School

De Smet

Black Hills Glass Blowers

Black Hills Glass Blowers

Keystone

Cook’s Kitchen

Cook’s Kitchen

Brookings

State Theatre

State Theatre

Sioux Falls

River’s Edge Restaurant & Tavern

River’s Edge Restaurant & Tavern

White River

Baltic Corner Bar & Grill

Baltic Corner Bar & Grill

Dell Rapids

Sturgis Coffee Company

Sturgis Coffee Company

Sturgis

The Broadwater Bar

The Broadwater Bar

Wentworth

Glacial Lakes & Prairies Tourism Association

Glacial Lakes & Prairies Tourism Association

Watertown

Prairie Village

Prairie Village

Madison

Black Hills Coupon Book

Black Hills Coupon Book

Rapid City

Great Bear Recreation Park

Great Bear Recreation Park

Sioux Falls

Tinker Kennels and Trail Rides

Tinker Kennels and Trail Rides

Pierre

Deadwood Grille

Deadwood Grille

Deadwood

Wild Magnolia Coffee Bar & Eatery

Wild Magnolia Coffee Bar & Eatery

Belle Fourche

Historic Deadwood

Historic Deadwood

Deadwood

The Alliance

The Alliance

Sioux Falls

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.