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.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Dispersed Camping

All camping experiences on the Fort Pierre National Grassland will be despersed, as there are no developed campgrounds.  Visitors will have the opportunity to hike into areas without road access to pitch tents and those that prefer to sleep in their campers will be allowed to park up to 30 feet off any desiganted road on the Grassland. 

All camping visitors are prohibited from using charcoal grills, having open camp fires, smoking outside of their vehicles, and operating engines without a spark arresting device installed.  Commercial petroleum fueled stoves and lanterns are permitted.

All visitors are asked take their garbage home with them, as there is no garbage service avaiable on the Grassland.


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Horse Riding & Camping

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