Features Fort Pierre National Grassland in South Dakota

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Fred and Suzi Dow, publishers of, recently visited Fort Pierre National Grassland and are featuring this grassland on their website, the comprehensive website for camping in national forests and grasslands, recently visited Fort Pierre National Grassland, SD. It is featuring the grassland with detailed up-to-date campground information, photographs and things to do.

Located in South Dakota, off Interstate 90, midway between Sioux Falls and Rapid City, Fort Pierre National Grassland is a blend of rolling prairie, woodland draws, and Missouri River “breaks.” Recreational opportunities found on this grassland range from hiking to birdwatching, dispersed camping to hunting, fishing to photography, and so much more.

Fort Pierre National Grassland has no developed campgrounds and that might deter some campers but there are many dispersed camping opportunities suitable for both campers in a tent or recreation vehicle (RV). Two specific locations, Richland Dam and Monument Dam, are described in with GPS coordinates provided. It is recommended campers obtain a free Motor Vehicle Use Map from Fort Pierre National Grassland’s Ranger District office in nearby Ft. Pierre to get around in the grassland.

Special features draw people to Fort Pierre National Grassland. There are healthy robust “huntable” populations of Greater Prairie Chicken and Sharptail Grouse as well as good fishing for bass, bluegill, and crappie. It is estimated this grassland has 261 ponds and about 25% of them have fish. Here's a tip: If the pond has a name, it probably has fish. Aside from hunting for fowl, there are great bird-watching opportunities on Fort Pierre National Grassland. Contact the Fort Pierre NG office for information about reserving a blind for watching the display behavior of prairie chicken and grouse.

The isolation and solitude found in Fort Pierre National Grassland attract tent campers but its proximity to Interstate 90 make it attractive to RV campers willing to boondock. The peace and quiet of this grassland, interrupted only by the scream of a hunting hawk or the bawling of a wayward calf, make a stay in the grassland a nice break to the stress of fast moving traffic or a stress filled lifestyle.

About, the U.S. National Forest Campground Guide website, is a complete and comprehensive guide to developed campgrounds in national forests and grasslands. It provides detailed information to campers looking to experience the great outdoors. In addition to managing a website, Fred and Suzi Dow also self-publish Ebook CDs and downloads of eleven U.S. National Forest Campground Guides, which can be purchased online at their website

Fred and Suzi Dow, authors and publishers of, have devoted 17 years to visiting, personally researching, and providing the public with free, detailed information about 175 national forests and grasslands and over 2,400 personally surveyed campgrounds.


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