About PierreIn the 1800s, homesteaders and prospectors roughed up Pierre on their voyages west. However, a more civilized and family-friendly reputation prevails today in South Dakota's state capital. Interesting historic sites proliferate much like the prairie dogs that overrun the local landscape.
On Wednesdays from June through August, the public areas of the Governor's Mansion are available for touring. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance; for information phone the chamber of commerce.
The Missouri River affords outstanding recreational opportunities, including boating, fishing and hunting, at such locations as Farm Island State Recreation Area and Lake Oahe.
Visitor Centers Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center 800 W. Dakota Ave. Pierre, SD 57501. Phone:(605)224-7361 or (800)962-2034
Self-guiding ToursBrochures for a driving tour of historic Pierre and Fort Pierre, as well as a tour of historic homes, are available from the chamber of commerce.
Things to Do Oahe Dam and Reservoir
In-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. All hotels must meet the same basic requirements for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality to be AAA Approved. A rating of one to five AAA Diamonds tells members what type of experience to expect, from no-frills to highly personalized.