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PIERRE, S.D. – Despite the flooding crisis facing the Pierre/Fort Pierre and Dakota Dunes areas, today South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard said the rest of the state is in great shape to welcome visitors who are making South Dakota their family vacation destination.


“In no way do I want to minimize the impact of the flooding in the Pierre/Fort Pierre and Dakota Dunes areas,” Governor Daugaard said.  “We are facing a significant challenge with flooding along the Missouri River in these areas.  But we have had inquiries from folks wondering if it is okay to continue with their vacation plans to South Dakota, and my answer to them is, ‘Absolutely’!  Our major highways and interstates are not affected by the controlled flooding, and the rest of the state is open for tourism business.


Fishing and boating is as good on the river and on our lakes as it has been and hundreds of campsites are available.  I would encourage visitors who have questions about any vacation plans along the Missouri River to check the websites of the Departments of Tourism and Game, Fish and Parks for the latest information.” 


Most boat ramps and campgrounds north of Pierre/Fort Pierre on Lake Oahe remain open.  Please contact your hotel/motel, campground or fishing resort before leaving on your trip to check on the latest information.


South Dakota Secretary of Tourism James D. Hagen added, “Our visitor industry is geared up and ready to welcome our visitors with the flair of friendship and hospitality that only South Dakotans can provide.  From Sioux Falls to Sisseton, Aberdeen to Akaska, Mobridge to Murdo, and throughout the northern and southern Black Hills, our visitor attractions and events are ready to roll out the red carpet for our guests.”


If visitors have any questions about their vacation destinations in South Dakota and how they might be affected by flooding, they are encouraged to visit the following websites:, or call the Department of Tourism at (605) 773-3301.


The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of Tourism, the South Dakota Arts Council, and the South Dakota State Historical Society. The Department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen.


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James D. Hagen
Secretary, Department of Tourism
Phone: 605-773-3301