The Great Lakes of South Dakota Association is a private,
nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting tourism and the best
interests of the public for fishing and hunting along the Missouri
River in Central South Dakota. Our Association is made up of many small
businesses working together to increase visitation, and visitor
spending, along the Missouri River.
The Great Lakes of South Dakota present 443 miles of recreational
activity. The four lakes that make our region, Lake Oahe, Lake Sharpe,
Lake Francis Case, and Lewis and Clark Lake, were created when the
Missouri River was dammed to control flooding.
The Great Lakes of South Dakota Association was created in 1962 by
Governor Nils Boe to make sure that the reservoir system was accessible
to the general public. In 1969, the Great Lakes Association worked with
the State Department of Transportation to pass a one cent gas tax that
was dedicated to building perimeter roads. The result of that tax was
the creation of State Highways 1804 and 1806, ensuring visitor access
to the great lakes.
And today, the Great Lakes of South Dakota Association still works
on issues to ensure that visitors and sportsmen can enjoy the waters
and shores of the four lakes. From questions about boat ramps to
working with county commissioners, Federal and State commissions and
departments, to represent the small business people along the Missouri
Get your toes in the water with a Great Lakes of South Dakota Association
It's our business to promote the visitor industry along the Missouri
River. The Great Lakes of South Dakota Association knows that few
visitor businesses can afford a full-fledged marketing plan to convince
people to vacation along the Missouri River. But by pooling our
resources and expertise, we can enjoy the impact of a coordinated
We can help you tap into the visitor market by putting information
about recreation along the Missouri River into visitor's hands. That's
because most of the visitors who toured South Dakota last year either
called or wrote for information to help plan their trip.