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If you wanna go big on recreation, Oahe Downstream Recreation Area is the spot to do it. Measuring 231 miles, it boasts one of the largest reservoirs in these United States, connecting the capital cities of North and South Dakota. Three campgrounds provide ample opportunities for everything from boating to disc golf, but definitely don’t be a buster and pass up the opportunity to peep bald eagles that perch within 50 feet of the riverbank in the cottonwood trees. We also recommend stopping by the butterfly garden located near the main entrance to the park. There you can learn about native prairie plants, and how to identify these majestic insects.

When to go

The ideal time to visit Oahe Downstream Recreation Area is during the warm summer months, from June to August, when the weather is perfect for water sports and hiking. Spring and fall offer cooler temperatures and fewer crowds, while winter can be harsh, with limited access to some park areas due to snow.

Know before you go

  • Check the weather forecast before your visit to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience amid the park's natural beauty.
  • Be aware of park hours, typically from 8:30am to 5pm, and plan your activities within this timeframe.
  • Remember to pack essentials like water, sunscreen, and insect repellent to enhance your comfort during outdoor activities.
  • Stay informed about any park closures or special advisories by visiting the official park website or contacting customer service at 605.223.7660.
  • Accessibility options are available; inquire ahead for specific needs to ensure a smooth visit to the park.

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