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By AA-Boats & Boating Staff Writers

Boating In South DakotaSouth Dakota offers a wealth of opportunities for boating enthusiasts, with numerous lakes and waterways to explore. Among the popular boating lakes in the state are Lewis and Clark Lake, Lake Oahe, and Pactola Reservoir. These lakes are renowned for their stunning scenery, clear waters, and ample opportunities for various water sports and activities.

Boating in South Dakota encompasses a wide range of boat types, catering to different preferences and interests. Pontoon boats are a favorite choice for leisurely cruises, family outings, and social gatherings on the water. Their spacious decks and comfortable seating make them ideal for relaxation and enjoying the scenic beauty of the surrounding landscapes.

For anglers seeking to cast their lines and catch some fish, fishing boats are a popular option. Equipped with fishing amenities like rod holders and fish finders, these boats are designed to enhance the fishing experience. Whether it's chasing after walleye, pike, or catfish, fishing boats provide the necessary tools for a successful day of fishing.

South Dakota's boat rental services offer a convenient way for both locals and visitors to enjoy the state's lakes and waterways. Rental boats are available in various types, ranging from pontoons and fishing boats to kayaks and canoes. Many rental services allow boaters to rent by the hour or the day, providing flexibility to suit individual preferences and schedules.

South Dakota's boating scene is enriched by its picturesque lakes, diverse boat types, and convenient rental services. Whether one seeks relaxation, fishing adventures, or a thrilling day on the water with family and friends, South Dakota's lakes offer the perfect setting for memorable boating experiences. With a variety of rental options available, boating enthusiasts can easily access and explore the natural wonders of the state's waterways.

Find plenty of fun places to go boating in South Dakota. Whether it's a family outing or just the guys going fishing or skiing, boating is fun for all. And there is boating in all corners of of the state. Chances there are plenty of opportunities to go boating nearby.

Boating in SD

For further information about boating in South Dakota, contact the South Dakota Department of Revenue & Regulation - Boating Licenses located at 445 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501. The phone number is 605-773-3311.

South Dakota locator map - boating opportunities.

This website focuses on all aspects of boating including new and used boats for sale, boat rentals, repairs, accessories, storage and more.

For convenience, resources are listed first by area of the South Dakota, then by proximity to cities, waterways, parks, campgrounds and other relative attractions in SD. Cities listed in this section include Belle Fourche, Buffalo, Mobridge, North Eagle Butte, Spearfish, Aberdeen, Gettysburg, Sisseton, Watertown, Webster, Custer, Fort Pierre, Hot Springs, Mission, Rapid City, Brookings , Chamberlain, Huron, Mitchell and Sioux Falls.

Resources are also identified nearby campgrounds including Llewellyn Johns Recreation Area, Rocky Point Recreation Area, Shadehill Recreation Area, Pickerel Lake Recreation Area, Roy Lake State Park, Sandy Shore Recreation Area, Angostura Recreation Area, Bear Butte State Park, Snake Creek Recreation Area, Lake Herman State Park, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area and Walker's Point Recreation Area .

Rivers & Lakes For Boating in SD

South Dakota lakes with boating opportunities are listed within quadrants of South Dakota include Belle Fourche Reservoir, Lake Gardner, Lake Oahe, Shadehill Reservoir, Spring Lake, Big Stone Lake, Lake Kampeska, Lake Thompson, Lake Traverse, Waubay Lake, Alkali Lake , Angostura Reservoir, Lacreek Lake, Limestone Butte Reservoir, Oglala Lake, Lake Albert, Lake Francis Case, Lake Poinsett, Lake Sharpe and Lewis And Clark Lake. Many of these lakes offer multiple boat launching facilities at various locations around the lake.

South Dakota also affords some boating or canoeing on rivers like Cherry River, Grand River, Elm River, Snake Creek, Spring Creek, White River, Keye Paha River and Vermillion River.

Boating in South Dakota

Northwest Resources


Recreation Station
2935 E Colorado Blvd
Spearfish, SD 57783
605 717-4386

Northeast Resources


Heppers Sport Center Inc
501 N Highway 281
Aberdeen, SD 57401
605 225-9279

Aberdeen Marine
214 11Th Ave Sw
Aberdeen, SD 57401
605 226-0182

Jeffs Marine Service
214 1st Ave Nw
Aberdeen, SD 57401
605 226-0346


Dougs Anchor Marine Inc
1560 N Highway 20
Watertown, SD 57201
605 886-2828


Daves Marine Inc
420 E Highway 12
Webster, SD 57274
605 345-6789

Dave's Marine Inc
East Highway 12
Webster, SD 57274
605 345-6789

Southwest Resources

Fort Pierre

Land Marine Developments Inc
1902 Waldron St
Fort Pierre, SD 57532
605 223-9010

Rapid City

Black Hills Marine
1897 E Centre St
Rapid City, SD 57703
605 348-9041

Rapid Marine
744 1/2 Jackson Blvd
Rapid City, SD 57702
605 348-4151

Professional Marine & Auto
5201 North Highway 79
Rapid City, SD 57702
605 787-5224

Southeast Resources


Swenson BROS Marine - Service
303 East Glen Avenue
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605 734-6677


Huron Motorsports
101 2nd Street Southwest
Huron, SD 57350
605 353-0830


Tims Marine Service
111 E Norway Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301
605 996-3024

Sioux Falls

Soo Sports Sales
7700 S Minnesota Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
605 339-0947

Ducky's Marine Inc
7408 East Plymouth Road
Sioux Falls, SD 57110
605 332-9109

SD boating equipment and gear.

Throughout South Dakota you can find boat dealers, outdoor centers, sporting good stores, bait and tackle stores, RV centers and discount stores offering a wide variety of boating equipment, accessories and supplies.

Go boating in South Dakota

Gather up the family along with some snacks and refreshing beverages and go enjoy the thrill of fresh air in your face and the sun on your back. When boating you can see parts of South Dakota accessible only by water. Often you'll see birds and wildlife not normally seen in city areas. Plus, sunrises and sunsets always seem more majestic when you are in the great outdoors.

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