Spend a Day at La Framboise Island in Ft. Pierre

Ft. Pierre is a town in Central South Dakota right on the Missouri River. La Framboise Island is a major attraction in town, as well as a few other recreational areas. Enjoy a relaxing day on the island before heading back to your Ft. Pierre bed and breakfast.

La Framboise Island
Pierre, SD

La Framboise is an island in the heart of Ft. Pierre that serves as a nature center and recreational spot for visitors. The island, originally called Bad Humor Island in Lewis and Clark's journals, has historical significance in its place on the Missouri River. You can choose from a variety of activities on the island, from fishing to hiking. There is a boat ramp on the north side of the island. There are a series of trails that will take you past some beautiful scenery, wildlife and picnic areas. Stop in at the break area which has restrooms and drinking water. It is located on the north side of the island near the fishing pier.

Farm Island
1301 Farm Island Rd.
Pierre, SD 57501

Farm Island is a recreational area just south of La Framboise near Ft. Pierre. There is something for the whole family on Farm Island, with its nature area and waterways. You can explore eight miles of trails on foot, bike or even skis in the winter. This is a popular spot for bird and wildlife watchers. The whole family will enjoy swimming on the beach on Hipple Lake. There are restrooms, phones and picnic areas near the beach also. The Lewis and Clark Visitor's Center offers information about the area. This is a popular spot for fishermen to catch some big catfish. You can also rent a canoe or kayak and explore the river. There is a vehicle entry fee of $6.

Oahe Downstream Recreational Area
20439 Marina Loop Rd.
Ft. Pierre, SD 57532

Oahe Downstream Recreational Area is located near the dam just north of Ft. Pierre. The area is best known for its bald eagle population which builds nests in the trees below the dam, especially in the winter. People come from all over to see these majestic creatures in their habitat. The Oahe area marks the beginning point of the largest constructed dam in the United States. There are many activities available for those who visit. Fishing is popular because of the abundance of catfish, salmon, trout, pike, walleye and more in the waters near the dam. You can hike, boat, swim, play disc golf or picnic within the boundaries of the recreational area.

Okobojo Point Recreation Area
19425 Okobojo Point Drive
Ft. Pierre, SD 57532

Okobojo Point is the place to enjoy some of the 2,000 miles of shoreline along the Lake Oahe Reservoir. There is plenty of sand along the beach at Okobojo to enjoy a game of volleyball or just soak in a little sun. The waters are clear and inviting for water skiers, canoes, sailing, diving and more. There are restrooms and water stations nearby. A $6 vehicle fee is required for entrance, as of 2011. Okobojo is just north of your cozy Ft. Pierre inn.