Randall Creek Recreation Area is located on the banks of the Missouri River, downstream from Fort Randall Dam. Spend hours peacefully watching the water flow, observing the animals and birds that frequent the area, and enjoying he breathtaking beauty of the surrounding shoreline.
The US Army Corps of Engineers began building the dam in 1946 and started generating electricity in 1954.
Randall Creek is one of the South Dakota state parks that offers the opportunity for visitors to see the majestic bald eagle. The eagle roost area in the park is a designated National Natural Landmark.
In South Dakota, many bald eagles spend their winters below the Missouri River dams where they are able to catch fish and prey on waterfowl attracted to the open water.
They typically perch within 50 feet of the riverbank in tall cottonwood trees. The birds usually feed in the morning and rest in their roosting trees in the afternoon.
Bald eagles will abandon their roosts if disturbed by humans. For this reason, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks prohibits motorized traffic in state recreation areas with winter bald eagle roosts. Walkers and cross-country skiers are allowed in these areas but must refrain from disturbing roosting bald eagles.
Open: Year-round; vehicle traffic and camping prohibited in campgrounds November 15 through the third Friday in March due to bald eagle roosting. Between Oct. 1 and April 30 water systems may be closed. Contact the park directly for status.
1 mile west of Pickstown off US Highway 281, below Fort Randall Dam on the west side.
Nearest Town: Pickstown