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LaFramboise Island Nature Area

LaFramboise Island

LaFramboise Island Nature Area is a unique area along the Missouri River. The island is covered in trees and meadows, which are home to a variety of wildlife and bird species. Additionally, the island is mentioned in the Lewis and Clark journals as they passed through the area in 1804.


The island was known to Lewis and Clark as "Bad Humor" island due to a tense encounter with the Teton Sioux held nearby. The island's current name is attributed to Joseph LaFramboise. He built Fort LaFramboise at the mouth of the Bad River (west of the island). In later years, parts of the island were farmed.

Missouri River Landscape

As upstream dams changed the water flow in the Missouri River in the mid-1960s, the tree habitat on this sand bar island has changed to include species such as cedar, ash and Russian olive. Native cottonwood trees are also part of the island landscape, and once flourished due to the once natural flooding of the river.

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LaFramboise ISland Nature Area

Pierre, SD

GPS Coordinates:

Lat: 44.361169
Long: -100.36242


BikingBirdwatchingBoatingCross country skiingFishingHikingHistorical interestSnowshoeing

Facilities / Services

  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking water
  • Fishing dock
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Vault toilets

ADA / AccessiblE

  • Picnic Shelter
  • Fishing Dock

Park Specs


Central South Dakota: Southwest side of city of Pierre

Nearest Town




Location Map
Trail map and guide

Area Attractions


Park entrance license not required.