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When you visit the Missouri River you have the best swimming pool imaginable, the Mighty Mo!

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Most state parks along the river have swimming beaches marked with no wake zones. If you are swimming in an area not designated for swimming, please be careful. Keep an eye out for boats and be mindful of the currents as it can get strong in places along the river. Local pools and water parks are also widespread in the region. Head over to our family fun page to learn more about community pools!

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Girl Wakeboarding in lake.
Water Sports

The Missouri River and its large reservoirs and lakes are the center of water sports in the state. From boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing, there is something for everyone. Bring your own boat or rent one at a local marina. Kayak and paddle boards may also be available. When you plan your next Missouri River vacation make sure to check with the local marina to see what kind of rentals they offer.

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Hiking and Biking

There are gorgeous places to hike and rugged trails to ride all around the Missouri River. The Lewis and Clark trail has been marked throughout the entire state, drawing bikers from the entire country. Head over to our trail page to learn more about some of the renowned trails in the Missouri River region.

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If you are planning a trip to any community in South Dakota, you can almost guarantee there will be a tee box ready for you. Located just 35 miles north of Pierre is Sutton Bay, an 18-hole course designed by golf pro Graham Marsh. If you are in the eastern part of the state we recommend Dakota Dunes Country Club. This 18-hole course is bounded by the Missouri River and was featured on the PGA Nationwide tour.

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Frisbee Golf

Frisbee golf is a popular activity in the Missouri River region. Many community parks have their own frisbee golf courses.

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Cross Country Skiing
Winter Sports

South Dakota isn’t just a summer destination; there is fun to be had all year long. The central part of the state is situated on the Great Plains, making it perfect for snowshoeing or cross country skiing. Those looking for a challenge can try the bigger ski hills located in the Black Hills. Each year the state’s average annual snowfall is 24-30 inches. If you travel to South Dakota during the winter, get ready for snowball fights and fort-building galore!

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Man riding a bull.

Rodeos originated from the daily chores of ranchers. Cowboys started competing against each other to see who was better at their everyday tasks. The first official rodeo was thought to have taken place in the late 1890s in the Rosebud area. Now, you can find dozens of rodeos across the state each year. For a full list of rodeo events, visit the South Dakota Rodeo Association website.

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Dad teaching son to shoot an arrow.

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks department has worked for many years to construct premier archery ranges throughout the state. These ranges cater to all skill levels from advanced hunters to beginners. Oahe Downstream, North Point Recreation Area, Farm Island Recreation Area, and Lewis and Clark Recreation Area all have outdoor archery ranges for people to enjoy. If you are interested in watching a tournament, visit Yankton to see the only Olympic-sized indoor archery range in the United States!

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Aerial view of Missouri River

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