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Cold Brook Lake-
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Deerfield Reservoir-
Fort Randall Dam Lake Francis Case-
James Diversion Reservoir-
Oahe Dam Lake Oahe-
Pactola Reservoir-
Shadehill Reservoir-

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Description - South Dakota has over 650 lakes, ponds reservoirs or other bodies of water. The Mountain lakes and streams of the Black Hills and the glacial lakes of eastern South Dakota offer some of the finest fishing and water reacreation in the Nation.

Attractions - Nearly 30 fish species provide anglers with a variety of fishing adventures. The most popular fish include walleye, salmon, bluegill, crappie, perch, bass, pike, trout and catfish. South Dakota's fishing season, with some exceptions, is open year-round, providing quality, four-season fishing.

Recreation - Fishing, Camping, Hunting and water sports are abundantly available at South Dakota's lakes and Reservoirs.

Climate - As throughout the region, climate varies drastically depending on elevation. Summers generally offer warm clear days with cool nights. Afternoon thunderstorms are often a possibility in the summer. In the winter, sunshine, with plenty of snow in the higher elevations, are ideal for winter activities. Harsh weather - including wind, cold, and snow - is possible throughout the winter and even throughout the year, in the highest elevations.

Location - Maps and detailed directions to each lake or reservoir are available on the pages describing each area.


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South Dakota - This northern state is comprised of high rolling plains with the distinct rock formations of the badlands in the southwestern region. It is a largely rural state with a concentration of the public in the eastern regions.

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