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The SD Missouri River Tourism office is located in the Oahe Dam Visitor Center.

We invite you to stop by to learn more about the Missouri River region. Our staff would love to share their knowledge with you and give you some recommendations for your trip.

The Oahe Visitor Center is open to the public Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Exterior of Oahe Dam Visitor Center
Oahe Dam
Visitor Center

Oahe Dam Visitor Center

While at the Visitor Center you can learn how the dam was constructed and browse old photos from President John F Kennedy's visit to commemorate the completion of the dam. The Corps of Engineers gives free public tours during the summer season, running from May on Memorial Day to September, ending on Labor Day. There is one tour per day at 1 PM Central Time, Tuesday - Saturday. A photo ID is required for anyone 18 years and older.

Tour availability sometimes changes, so please call ahead at (888) 386-4617 to confirm.

Exterior of the Oahe Dam Visitor Center.
Lewis & Clark’s

Lewis and Clark’s Journey

The Visitor Center holds a wealth of information surrounding Lewis and Clark’s journey through South Dakota, with detailed maps of their route and the historical sites lining it. The Center is also a hub of Native American culture tourism and history. We partner with many Native organizations to bring events and destinations to visitors’ attention.

Oahe Chapel.
Oahe Chapel

Historic Oahe Chapel

The historic Oahe Chapel sits next to the Visitor Center and is available to tour and to rent for weddings and other events. 

The Oahe Chapel sits in a picturesque setting overlooking Lake Oahe four miles north of Pierre on Hwy 1804. (Click here for a map.) Built in 1877, it was moved to its present location in 1964 after construction of the Oahe Dam flooded its original location. The Chapel is maintained by the Oahe Chapel Preservation Society.

The Chapel's interior has been restored as nearly as possible to the way it was in 1907. All of the furnishings, except for the electric keyboard, are original as are the pictures on the wall. Follow the Oahe Chapel Preservation Society on Facebook for any and all chapel related updates and events!

If you would like to look inside the Chapel, you can request the key at the Oahe Visitor Center. The Center is open daily Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Indigenous people dancing at local ceremony.

Visitor Information

From state and local maps, campsite options, attraction brochures, wildlife, hunting and fishing information, and more, you’ll be ready to see everything the Missouri River region has to offer.

Aerial view of Missouri River

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