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Little Moreau Recreation Area

Little Moreau

Originally Big Owl and Little Owl rivers, the sheltered watersheds of the Moreau and Little Moreau Rivers provided traditional winter campgrounds for the Cheyenne, and later the Minneconjou and Two Kettle bands of Teton Sioux. The river names were later changed from Owl to an early trader's name of Moreau. Grassland attracted the first European settlers to the Moreau Valley. During the late 1870s through 1890s, cattle barons from southern states grazed thousands of cattle on this rich grassland.

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DOT Road Report

LIttle MOreau Recreation Area

C/O Shadehill Recreation Area
19150 Summerville Road
Shadehill, SD 57653
605. 374.5114

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 45.349193
Long: -101.08448



Facilities / Services

  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Picnic Shelter

Nature Observation

This prairie oasis is home to an abundance of animals and plants. Be on the lookout for red foxes, bobcats and coyotes. Bird species include wild turkeys, sharptail grouse, gray partridge, pheasants, and snowy and great-horned owls. In the winter, bald and golden eagles are often spotted.


Park Specs


Location Map
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Area Attractions


Park entrance fees not required


North central South Dakota: 6 miles south of Timber Lake off SD Hwy

Nearest Town

Timber Lake