South Dakota has acres of lakes and miles of rivers tempting boaters, from a rowboat on Grandpa's stock dam to fighting fish on South Dakota's Glacial Lakes.
If you are looking for the excitement of having a fish on the line...
...the relaxation of a quiet day by the lake...
...a chance to enjoy quality time with family and friends...
Your adventure begins here.
Interactive Map for Fishing & Boating
With common sense, you can have fun and still be a responsible boater.
- Wear your life jacket. Always.
- Make sure your boat has ALL required safety equipment.
- Avoid alcohol while boating. Alcohol use affects judgment, vision, balance, and coordination. Reports suggest that alcohol was a contributing factor in about one in five boating fatalities.
- Complete an approved boating safety course. You may save on your boat insurance, and you most certainly will be a more knowledgable operator for it.
- Know the rules. They were developed for your safety, and the safety of those around you.
- Don't overload. Know the capacity of your boat and stay within those limits.
- Boat with a partner, and let family or friends know of your boating plans.
Boating Regulation Handbook
- Check the weather forecast.