Bird-watching

Get a bird's eye view of northeastern South Dakota by following the Glacial Lakes and Prairies Birding Trail. The trail includes 38 sites in the region, ranging from state parks teeming with warblers to Waterfowl Production Areas full of shorebirds. Sites along the trail, like Oakwood Lakes State Park, Waubay National Wildlife Refuge, Sica Hollow State Park and Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, are truly a birder's paradise.

The Southeast South Dakota Birding Trail provides a detailed look into birding southeastern South Dakota. The trail includes 33 sites in the region including woodlands, which are a magnet for dozens of species of warblers, and prairie pothole lakes and wetlands teeming with marsh birds, shore birds and wetland species. Sites along the trail include the Outdoor Campus, Lake Herman State Park, Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge and Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve.

The Great Lakes Birding Trail boasts at least 322 species and covers more than 400 miles. This trail follows course of the Missouri River, the Lewis and Clark Trail, through the center of South Dakota and is named for three huge dam-created lakes on the river, Lake Oahe, Lake Sharp and Lake Francis Case. Sites such as Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, Lower Brule Indian Reservation Birding Loop, Farm Island Recreation Area, Oahe Downstream Recreation Area, West Whitlock Recreation Area and Cheyenne River Indian Reservation Birding Loop (to name only a few) offer extraordinary opportunities for birders.

 

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