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LaFramboise Island Nature Area

LaFramboise Island Nature Area is a unique area along the Missouri River. The island is covered in trees and meadows, which are home to a variety of wildlife and bird species.

The island was recorded in the Lewis and Clark journals when they passed through the area in 1804. They saw many elk and buffalo on the island and called it "Good Humored Island" in reflection of their good spirits that day. In contrast, further up the river the next day they had a tense encounter with the Teton Sioux. The group's campsite location that night was fittingly referred to as "Bad Humored Island," which is no longer there today. The island's current name is attributed to Joseph LaFramboise. He built Fort LaFramboise at the mouth of the Bad River (west of the island). In later years, parts of the island were farmed.



LaFramboise Island Trail, Pierre, SD 57501

Hours of Operation

Open: Year-round. Between Oct. 1 and April 30, showers, flush toilets and other water systems may be closed. Please contact the park directly for current status. Vault toilets usually remain open.
LaFramboise Island Nature Area


  • ADA/Accessible Features
  • Biking Trail(s)
  • Boat Ramp(s)
  • Cross-country Ski Trail(s)
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing Pier(s)
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Hiking Trail(s)
  • Historical Site(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Shore Fishing Access
  • Vault Toilets (open year-round)

ADA / Accessible

  • Fishing Pier(s)
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Picnic Tables


  • Biking (on trails)
  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical Interest
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Kayaking
  • Paddleboarding
  • Picnicking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Stargazing
  • Wildlife Watching
Aerial view of Missouri River

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