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Description - The park's three campgrounds give visitors a variety of recreational opportunities, from boating to hiking to disc golf. During the winter, bird watchers can view bald eagles, which roost in the treetops below the dam. 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.

Attractions - Three campgrounds offer a variety of camping opportunities throughout the recreation area. Each campground has a comfort station with showers, playground and picnic areas. Four camping cabins are located on the waterfront in campground #3.

The Oahe Downstream area is a popular area for boaters and anglers. From the recreation area, campers can access Lake Sharpe and, within a less than five minute drive, Lake Oahe. Anglers can expect to find walleye, sauger, northern pike, bass, channel catfish, salmon, trout and panfish.

Downstream Marina & Resort offers cabins, rental camping trailers, c-store and fuel. The facility is privately operated under agreement with the Division of Parks and Recreation. Contact by phone: (605) 223-2627.

Recreation - A number of unique recreational opportunities are available at Oahe Downstream, including a nine-hole disc golf course, the state park system's only ORV area, and rifle and shotgun trap shooting ranges.

Oahe Downstream is one of the South Dakota state parks that offers the opportunity for visitors to see the majestic bald eagle. They typically perch within 50 feet of the riverbank in tall cottonwood trees. Learn more about bald eagles in South Dakota state parks.

14-station archery range. Hiking, biking, cross-country ski trails. 9-hole disc golf course. Horseshoe pits. Three picnic shelters and areas. Playground equipment. Large day use area. Volleyball. ORV/ATV area. Rifle range, shotgun trap shooting range. Bald eagle viewing in winter. Game/equipment checkout. Trails: Dirt-surfaced trail loop. Cottonwood Trail is a National Recreation Trail. Listed on the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial National Recreation Trail.

Swimming/Beaches: Swimming beach. No lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risk. Fishing/Boating: Fish cleaning station. Boat ramp and marina. Walleye, sauger, northern pike, bass, channel catfish, salmon, trout, panfish. Fishing license required. Marina/Resort: Oahe Dowstream Marina & Resort - (605) 223-2627

Location - Located 5 miles north of Ft. Pierre on Highway 1806, on the south side of Oahe Dam

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Contact Information:
Oahe Downstream Recreation Area , 20439 Marina Loop Road , Ft. Pierre, South Dakota, 57532, Phone: (605) 223-7722
, Oahe@state.sd.us

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