Counties in Western South Dakota – Bennett County – Butte County – Corson County – Dewey County – Fall River – County – Gregory County – Haakon County – Harding County – Jackson County – Jones County – Meade County – Lyman County – Mellette County – Perkins County – Shannon County – Stanley County – Todd County – Tripp County – Ziebach County
Western South Dakota Lakes
Western South Dakota also know as ‘ West River’ is the name given to the land west of the Missouri River. This land rich in western culture and noted for it’s short grass prairies and prehistoric fossils. Although there is some agricultural crop farming, western South Dakota does not have extremely fertile soil or high annual rainfall to make it widespread. Most of the lakes in this geographic region were created to store water for livestock. The majority of lakes in western South Dakota are stocked with game fish like walleye or large mouth bass. Make sure to check with locals because a good portion of the smaller dams and reservoirs do not have boat access.
Badlands National Park located in south western South Dakota is a unique look into earth’s geological past. Even though there are not any sizable lakes located in the park, it is still strongly suggested to explore. The Black Hills in extreme South Western South Dakota provide several fishing opportunities for rainbow trout, brown trout, and lake trout. Several of the lakes in the Black Hills do not allow motorized boats. The majority of communities in Western South Dakota are very small. Rapid City and other towns in or around the Black Hills boast higher populations. Cabela’s and other major retailers are located in Rapid City. There are some resorts and bed & breakfasts outside of the Black Hills in Western South Dakota, however most are small and rugged, and geared towards hunting. There are several small streams and rivers flowing out of the Black Hills and Missouri River that flow through Western South Dakota. The Cheyenne river is a sacred place for many of the native peoples. There are several Native American reservations in western South Dakota, make sure to gain permission before entering private lands.