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Fishing Accessibility

GFP has fishing areas with structures or piers allowing access for individuals with disabilities. Accessible fishing piers have been installed in a number of state parks across South Dakota as well as other accessible facilites to support outdoor activities.

These floating piers feature low railings, accessible ramps, sidewalks and nearby parking. Some of these areas also have expanded opportunities for enjoying boat launches, park areas, hunting areas and other outdoor activities.

Fishing Access Areas for people with disabilities

State Parks and State Recreation Areas
  • Angostura (near Hot Springs)
  • Bear Butte (near Sturgis)
  • Burke Lake (near Burke)
  • Custer (near Custer)
  • Farm Island (near Pierre),
  • Hartford Beach (near Milbank)
  • Lake Alvin (near Harrisburg)
  • Lake Herman (near Madison)
  • Lake Louise (near Miller)
  • Lake Vermillion (East of Canistota)
  • Lewis and Clark (near Yankton)
  • Mina Lake (near Mina)
  • Oakwood Lakes (near Bruce)
  • Pickerel Lake (near Waubay)
  • Richmond Lake (near Aberdeen)
  • Roy Lake (near Lake City)
  • Springfield (near Springfield)
  • Walker's Point (near Madison)
Black Hills Access Accommodations on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Reclamation Land
  • Strawberry Hill Pond in the Black Hills
  • Pactola Lake at Veteran's Point
  • Sheridan Lake at the Highway 385 parking lot
  • Horsethief Lake near Mount Rushmore
  • Iron Creek Lake southwest of Spearfish
  • Dalton Lake near Nemo
Black Hills Communities
  • Whitewood Creek in Deadwood
  • Canyon Lake and the Canyon Lake Park ponds in Rapid City
  • Rapid Creek at Sioux Park in Rapid City
  • Cliff Park just a short distance upstream from Cleghorn Fish Hatchery in Rapid City
  • Spearfish Creek at Ray Fidler Lions Memorial Park on Third Street and West Lincoln Street in Spearfish
  • City Park downstream of D.C. Booth and just upstream from Indian Springs in Spearfish
  • Mirror Lake and Coxes Lake (near Spearfish)
Other GFP Lands
  • Sunday Gulch Pond near Hill City
  • Savoy Weir in Spearfish Canyon
  • Legion Lake and Stockade Lake in Custer State Park
Other Access Opportunities
  • Piers on the LaFramboise Island causeway (near Pierre)
  • Lake Oahe tailwaters (near Pierre)
  • Ravine Lake (Huron)
  • Lake Mitchell - West end fishing bridge (Mitchell).

Sportsmen Assisting Disabled Sportsmen (SANDS)

The SANDS program was created to help men and women and children with disabilities by providing a means for them to meet able-bodied outdoors men and women who volunteer their time and abilities. By lending a helping hand they are able to assist the disabled to get back something they might have lost or never had.

Protect our Waters

You can do your part for the health and productivity of South Dakota's waters by being proactive in preventing the spread of invasive plant, fish and animal species that threaten to crowd out native species.