USDA Forest Service
Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands;
Samuel R. McKelvie
Buffalo Gap, Fort Pierre,
& Oglala National Grasslands
125 North Main Street
Chadron, NE 69337
Call the Fort Pierre National Grassland Office at (605) 224-5517 to set up your reservation and receive information regarding grouse blinds and maps showing the location of your reserved blind.
At a Glance
Grouse viewing blinds can be found on the Fort Pierre National Grassland which is located south of Pierre, South Dakota and north of Interstate 90. Each year the grouse blinds are moved to a new location providing visitors with opportunities to experience different leks across the grassland.
Since there are no established parking lots, temporary parking lots are located a short distance from the blind and are indicated on the ground using pin flags.
The grouse spring courtship viewing blinds will be availabe, by reservation, April 10 to May 31. Three viewing blinds will be available this year to the public, one of which was donated by the Missouri Breaks Audubon Society of Pierre, South Dakota.
All three are available for people to reserve at no cost and each blind can hold up to four adults. They have small square viewing windows for observing and photographing birds as they are dancing and booming on their display grounds, also known as leks. The blinds are 4 foot wide by 8 foot long by 5 foot tall unheated plywood structures with an open floor, so please plan accordingly for chilly weather.
These viewing blinds are not guided experiences. When reservations are made, maps and information will be sent to assist viewers in finding the blind and parking locations.