It stretches for 231 miles from Oahe Dam, near Pierre, all the way to Bismarck, N.D. The largest of the four Missouri River reservoirs, Lake Oahe is the "big water." This deep, clear lake - at its maximum depth, Oahe reaches 205 feet makes for
excellent boating and fishing.
Like the other reservoirs, Oahe is known for its walleye fishing. Other commonly caught species include smallmouth bass, white bass, northern pike and perch. Most anglers fish by boat, although certainly not all. Because of the lake's size and the possibility of high winds, it's recommended that boats be at least an 18-foot deep "V" with 50 horsepower outboard.
The lands along Oahe also are known for exceptional hunting. Canada geese, duck and sharp-tailed grouse are some of the most popularly hunted species.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation borders the west shore of Lake Oahe.
Visitors to Lake Oahe will find a host of onshore activities. Pollock is located near an Arikara Indian Village and stone idol images. The Mobridge area is the home of Sitting Bull and Sacagawea monuments.
Cathedral of the Prairies is located in Hoven. Following the river south, you'll reach the town of Gettysburg named by the Civil War veterans who founded it in 1883. Gettysburg hosts a Civil War Festival every other year. At West Whitlock Recreation Area, you can see a replica of an Arikara earthen lodge, just like those Lewis and Clark saw when they passed through the area almost 200 years ago.
In the Capital City of Pierre, be sure to visit the State Capitol. This exquisite building features a terrazzo tile Italian floor, majestic marble staircase and 90-foot rotunda. Outside the Capitol, a new memorial to World War II veterans six bronze statues representing the branches in which South Dakotans served during WWII graces the shores of Capitol Lake.
Nearby, the Cultural Heritage Center's exhibits cover Lakota culture, the homesteading experience, gold mining and more.
In Ft. Pierre you can visit the Verendrye Monument and Fischer's Lily Park. Lewis and Clark first encountered Teton Sioux in the park.
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