Sunset at Lake Alvin



Each year, springtime ushers in an explosion of life and color across southeast South Dakota. The area’s striking floral array comes into full bloom, while local wildlife – like geese and whitetail deer – emerge to enjoy their newfound reprieve from winter’s cold. Plus, with an abundance of freshly defrosted lakes and rivers, a fun-filled season of fishing, boating and swimming awaits.

Spring flower
Lake Alvin Recreation Area wildflowers, Harrisburg
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, Yankton
Kayaking Missouri River
Good Earth State Park
Family at Big Sioux Recreation Area
Big Sioux Recreation Area, Brandon
Deer and does
White-tailed Deer
Palisades State Park

Family fishing
Fishing on the Missouri River
Outdoor Campus
The Outdoor Campus, Sioux Falls
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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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Brule, Levitt at the Falls, Sioux Falls
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