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Address: Fort Pierre, SD
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Just a few miles outside of Pierre is a 116,000-acre block of public land...

Just a few miles outside of Pierre is a 116,000-acre block of public land made up of rolling hills and prairie and serving as home to antelope, mule deer, prairie dogs, prairie chickens and myriad waterfowl. Many small, scattered dams offer great fishing.

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Lots of birds

This is a great place if you like wildlife and birding. Miles and miles of grassland. We saw prairie dogs, antelope, deer numerous species of birds. Stay on the gravel roads if... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed June 24, 2016
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Desloge, Missouri
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Desloge, Missouri
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place if you like wildlife and birding. Miles and miles of grassland. We saw prairie dogs, antelope, deer numerous species of birds. Stay on the gravel roads if it is wet at all as the side roads become slick and treacherous if you don't have a good four wheel drive vehicle. There is a Ft Pierre... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2015

This is not Virgin prairie, but U.S. Reclaimed and dedicated to return to a natural state. A magnificent example of prairie preservation. A desolate one as well. And speaking of desolation, be sure to visit the marker for Fort Pierre Chouteau in northern Fort Pierre SD, just north of the Sioux Tribal Center. It is in the middle of an... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2015

Visited on a Fall afternoon during Pheasant season. They were so thick on the ground you could practically run up and catch one. The swarms of mosquitoes were equally thick. A few deer were moving in and out of the corn on the private land that was our destination. Grouse, dove, and hawks were also visible. We saw one antelope... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014

If you want to take full advantage then slow down. The speed limit may say 70-75 but to thoroughly enjoy the vista, you need to drop the speed. Even though my wife and I were passing through, to see the largeness of the grasslands. You could feel the serenity of the surroundings. Only a car now and then, no houses,... More 

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Norfolk
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116 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

Beautiful fall, lots of tall grass, nice sunsets, plenty of birds to hunt in the area. You must enjoy the solitude of the prairie. No lights to mess with viewing the night sky, so clear, you never knew there were that many stars. Here you can get a feeling of what our forefathers saw 150 years ago, opportunity to grow... More 

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Pierre, South Dakota
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78 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

My wife and I had a Prairie Chicken encounter on 5/7/13 at the Fort Pierre National Grasslands. We went out to the grasslands with my brother and his wife. We were in a blind from about 5:25a.m. to 7:30a.m. and observed mainly male Prairie Chickens. We had a great time. The weather was mild and the birds cooperated to give... More 

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Pierre, South Dakota, United States
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

I took a drive once but it is a major case of trying to get some tourism where there ought not be. There isn't anything there. I suppose you can find an old decrepit house to photograph but other than that, you are plain out of luck.

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Pensacola, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2012

We camped on the grasslands for a night and it was wonderfully peaceful and the scenery was beautiful. We occasionally heard the far off moos of some cows but other than that, it was a nice one night stop for us.

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Miller, South Dakota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2012

If you like getting out in the middle of nowhere just to hear yourself think- then this is for you. We have horses and like to be out in open spaces. Reminds you of the old west days and western movies.

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Pierre
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2012

Grouse hunting and stock dam fishing on the prairie. Also antelope and pheasant hunting. Varmint hunting in the spring. Prairie dogs.

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