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Where to See Eagles in South Dakota

Bald Eagle Range

After being considered rare breeders in South Dakota, it is now much more common to see nesting pairs throughout the state. Wintering birds concentrate below Missouri River dams, in the flowing stretches of the Missouri River, and in parts of the Black Hills.

Golden Eagle Breeding Range

Golden eagles nest mainly west of the Missouri River in South Dakota. Many are year-round West River residents. Wintering and migrant birds may visit other parts of the state.

Special Places to View Bald Eagles:

Central South Dakota

  • Pierre and Fort Pierre, particularly on and near the Missouri River.

  • Missouri River below Oahe Dam in Stanley County. Campgrounds 1, 2 and 3 are open to foot traffic only during the winter.

Eastern South Dakota

  • Karl Mundt National Wildlife Refuge in Gregory County.

  • Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge (particularly migrating bald eagles).

  • Anywhere East River during spring and fall migration, especially in cottonwood forests of the James and Big Sioux rivers.

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Download an eagle brochure (PDF file) by clicking here. Brochures can be obtained from the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks at 523 East Capitol Avenue in Pierre, South Dakota 57501.  If you have questions or comments, email or call the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks at (605) 773-4229.