Fort Pierre National Grassland

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Fort Pierre Ranger District - Fishing

The Fort Pierre National Grassland offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities from dispersed camping to hunting and fishing.  With the north boundary of the Grassland being located approximately 8 miles south of Pierre, South Dakota; vistors have the choice of camping or sleeping in hotel accommodations.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Year round.
Fees None
Water: No.
Restroom: No.
Information Center: The Ft Pierre Ranger station is located at 1020 N Deadwood.  Office hours are M-F 8-12 and 1-5. 

General Information


The Fort Pierre National Grassland is located in Central South Dakota.  Visitors taking Interstate 90 may access the Grassland by taking Exit 212, then heading north to Pierre on Hwy 83.  Vistors coming from the Pierre area have only to travel south on Hwy 83. 

The Grassland is split nearly in half by Hwy 83, with two thirds being on the east and one third being on the west of the highway.  From Hwy 83, visitors may access other Grassland regions by taking numerous County and Forest System Roads.  A couple of the main County Roads include:  County Line Road and 234 Street which run east, and War Creek Road and 226 Street which run west.


The Fort Pierre National Grassland is cris-crossed with numerous County and Forest System Roads that make it possible for visitors to reach fishing ponds, prairie dog towns, or to just enjoy the rolling scenry of the prairie.

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Camping & Cabins

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Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is a great past time during the winter months for locals and visitors.  Fishermen can try their luck on several panfish species including: bluegill, large-mouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie, white crappie, bullhead, and catfish.  There are a few ponds that are known to have walleye and pike as well.

Under the new Travel Management rules, several roads were created for seasonal access to ponds for ice fishing.  These designated roads are open from December 1 through August 31. Snowmobiliing to the ponds for ice fishing is prohibited, as snowmobiles are only allowed in the Highway 83 right-of-way. 

Special DesignationsTravel Management rules require fishermen to remain on designated roads while accessing fishing ponds.  Designated Roads are open from December 1 through August 31.  

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Fish SpeciesBluegill, large-mouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie, white crappie, bullhead, catfish, and in select locations pike and walleye.
Fishing ModeIce Fishing
Water/Flow LevelPonds are frozen.
Status: Open
Fees: No Fees

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