Counties in Eastern South Dakota – Aurora County – Beadle County – Bon Homme County – Brookings County – Brown County – Brule County – Buffalo County – Cambell County – Charles Mix County – Clark County – Clay County – Codington County – Davison County – Day County – Deuel County – Douglas County – Edmunds County – Faulk County – Grant County – Hamlin County – Hand County – Hanson County – Hughes County –Hutchinson County – Hyde County – Jerauld County – Kingsbury County – Lake County – Lincoln County – Marshall County – McCook County – Miner County – McPhearson County – Minnehaha County – Moody County – Potter County – Roberts County – Sanborn County – Spink County – Sully County – Turner County – Union County – Walworth County – Yankton County
Eastern South Dakota Lakes
Eastern South Dakota also know as East River is designated for the land east of the Missouri River. This area historically received more rainfall than Western South Dakota creating an oasis of mid grass and long grass prairie. Some of the major lakes in this zone were thought to be created by receding glaciers after the last ice age. Today most of the land has been transformed by agriculture, water has been stored by by dams in reservoirs. Though rare some lakes become contaminated by mercury and other byproducts of the farming industry. Check with the lake guides on the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks website for more information. Some of the major cities in Eastern South Dakota include Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, Huron, Watertown, and Pierre. Cabelas is located East River in Mitchell, SD providing great outfitting. There are many great resorts in Eastern South Dakota not found in cities providing a relaxing atmosphere for your trip. The majority of man made lakes in the area are shallow and freeze early in the season providing a great Ice Fishing possibilities. Due to the flat land many of the lakes in eastern South Dakota can flood creating unseen hazards for boaters. Rocks, trees, and other debris can be a problem and requires constant acknowledgment. These structures also create great habitat for fish. This is a good thing for local fisherman creating more locations to test their angling skills. Walleye, northern pike, and large mouth bass are only a few of the game species of fish that are regularly stocked into these waters to provide you with a great experience.