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    Oahe Downstream Recreation Area's three campgrounds give visitors a variety of recreational opportunities, from boating to hiking to disc golf. The Corps of Engineers began building the dam in 1948 and in 1962 started generating electricity. It's one of the largest constructed reservoirs in the United States, measuring 231 miles connecting the capital cities of South Dakota and North Dakota. Reserving a space to stay overnight is easily accomplished using the online system.

    Three camping options are offered at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area: campsites with electricity, camping cabins and a picturesque lodge. Each of the one-room cabins sleep four in a set of bunk beds and a double bed. The Oahe Downstream group lodge was constructed within the recreation area in 2006. With shoreline access, guests are now treated to a beautiful view and private shoreline for swimming, canoeing, or other types of water recreation. The lodge is equipped with a full kitchen with cookware, serving utensils, and appliances and is separated from the "great" room" by a 16 foot serving bar. The 25 x 30 foot "Great" room provides comfortable seating for up to 65 guests. Tables and folding chairs are available on-site. Large grassy areas are also maintained around the lodge and provide ample room for those wishing to tent. A large campfire ring is situated near the river for evening cooking or socializing.

    Oahe Downstream Recreation Area is one of the South Dakota state parks that offers the opportunity for visitors to see the majestic bald eagle. During the winter, bird watchers can view the eagles that roost in the treetops below the dam. They typically perch within 50 feet of the riverbank in tall cottonwood trees. Among the park amenities are a boat ramp, beach, bicycle rentals, fishing dock and fish-cleaning station. At the privately operated Oahe Marina & Resort, you'll find cabins, rental camping trailers, convenience store and fuel.

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    Directions

    5 miles N of Fort Pierre, SD off SD 1806
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    Amenities

    Onsite

    • Pull Thru Available
    • 50 Amp Available
    • Accom Big Rigs
    • Tent Sites Available
    • Group Area
    • WiFi
    • Lake
    • River
    • Forest Areas
    • Firewood Available
    • Dump Station
    • Picnic Area
    • Courtesy Dock
    • ADA Accessible
    • Phone
    • Lodging - Other
    • Club/Meeting Room
    • Groups Welcome
    • Planned Activities
    • Clubs Welcome
    • Pets Welcome
    • Rural Setting
    • Quiet Atmosphere
    • Family Park
    • Credit Crd Accepted
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    Nearby

    • Full Hookups
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry
    • Diner/Snack Bar
    • Gas
    • Propane
    • Sewer Hookups
    • Bike Rentals
    • Cable TV Hookup
    • Repair Services
    • Chapel Services
    • 24hr Courtesy Patrol
    • Good Shopping
    • Open Year Round
    • Seasonal Rates
    • Monthly Rates
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    Recreation

    Onsite

    • Beach
    • Playground
    • Marina
    • Boat Ramp
    • ATV/OHV/Mtcy
    • Biking - Mountain
    • Biking - Road
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating - Paddle
    • Boating
    • Boating - Watercraft
    • Education Activity
    • Family Activity
    • Fishing
    • Fly Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Outdoor Games
    • Scenic Driving
    • Scuba/Snorkeling
    • Sightseeing
    • Swimming
    • Water Skiing
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    Nearby

    • Pool
    • Rec Room
    • Boat Rentals
    • Gaming/Casino
    • Golfing
    • Hunting
    • Planned Recreation
    • Sailing/Windsurfing
    • Skiing -Cr.Country
    • Tennis
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    A minusOverall Rating
    11/07/2020

    bob

    Clean nice place
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    A minusOverall Rating
    11/03/2020

    Love SD State Parks

    We made late October 2020 reservations. The early snow caused some concerns! The SD GFP help email provided excellent information on water/bathroom station availability, and answered a couple of other questions we had in regard to summer camping season and reservations. The State campgrounds we have visited have always been clean, well run by the hosts, and well maintained by park employees. The past few summers we have utilized parks across SD, and have had great experiences at all of them! Thank you SD on keeping our parks family oriented and enjoyable!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    11/01/2020

    Wished for more time

    My wife and I could only spend one night there. We had rented cabin for one night only since we only had a few days to spend in South Dakota. We arrived late in the afternoon. The setting was beautiful-overlooking the Missouri River. The facilities were clean. I wish that the bathrooms were bigger-more than one toilet/shower since we were essentially camping. The cabin could have used another heater like they do at Custer State Park.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/26/2020

    October 2020 visit

    I arrived late and after dark, but the signage was adequate to find the campground, although there isn't any street lighting. The campground and amenities were all as advertised. The space was easy to back into with my 32' gooseneck camping trailer. The electrical connection was good and the bathhouses were in good condition. At this time of year you may not find personnel at the welcome center, but I'd contacted Eric prior to my visit and was able to get my other needs from him. He's very helpful and friendly. The park team was available if needed and seen in the park during the day. The fresh water station and RV dumps are very close and well laid out. I wasn't around the campground much during the day and didn't see how often the bathhouses were maintained. With these Covid pandemic times that would be my only question, but I found the units clean. I felt safe during my stay even with the weather changing from good to snow, wind and sleet. Prepare for wind when you in the Ft. Pierre area. There are many opportunities immediately available for walking and activity. I'm happy to recommend this campground and park and look forward to returning.
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