Pierre, South Dakota

Pierre: A Photo Essay of South Dakota's State Capital

State Capitol Dome

History, outdoor fun, sculptures & more await you in South Dakota's capital city

South Dakota’s capital city of Pierre is smack dab in the middle of the state and right on the Missouri River, making it a prime spot for fishermen, hunters and outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Being the country’s second-smallest state capital also means Pierre is surrounded by wide-open spaces. Fishermen find luck along the river without ever leaving town, but Lake Oahe—created by the Oahe Dam—is also a popular fishing area that stretches north for 231 miles. Hunters and hikers love to explore the grasslands surrounding the city. Inside city limits are delicious restaurants and charming shops. Bronze statues of many of the state’s governors stand on street corners and sidewalks in the downtown area. More monuments to veterans, fallen first-responders, and state employees decorate the grounds around the majestic capitol building. History, culture and outdoor adventure are all intricate parts of the city of Pierre. 

Oahe Days, Pierre
Oahe Days Arts & Music Festival along the Missouri River
Fishing in Pierre
Fishing on Missouri River
Camping in Oahe, Pierre
Camping at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area
Cultural Heritage Center, Pierre
Cultural Heritage Center
Bike Path in Pierre
Bike Path in Pierre
Discovery Island, Pierre
Discovery Island, Pierre
WWII Monument
WWII Monument, Pierre
Missouri River Bridge, Pierre
Missouri River Bridge, Pierre
Pheasant Hunting, SD
Pheasant Hunting, SD
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Illustrated image of three bison grazing in Custer State Park. The Needles rock formation is visible in the background.
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