Indian Creek Recreation Area
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Introduction

Resting along side the Missouri River in northern South Dakota, Indian Creek Recreation Area offers a lovely space for camping, hiking, and enjoying a wide variety of water recreational activities. This area was once home to mound dwelling peoples. Archaeological excavations have identified over thirty major villages in the area surrounding what is now Indian Creek Recreation Area. Guests to the area can retrace the steps of the explorers Lewis and Clark. Those with an interest in history and local culture, will find ample opportunities to learn about the long history of this area.

Indian Creek Recreation Area offers the opportunity to enjoy the scenic views and outdoor activities that come with residing so close to the longest river in North America. Guests to the park will find it an ideal place for boating, fishing, swimming, and water skiing. Those visiting in cooler months will enjoy the three multi-use hiking trails they will find in the park.

Those wishing to extend their stay into the evening will find two campgrounds within the park with tent and RV/trailer camping as well as two one-bedroom cabins for rent. There are also camping sites that can accommodate RV’s up to 75-feet in length.

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Transportation in Indian Creek Recreation Area

Driving

The park's address is:

Indian Creek Recreation Area

12905 288th Ave.

Mobridge, SD 57604

Guests to Indian Creek Recreation Area will find the park located approximately two-miles north east of the town of Mobridge. Take US-12E/E Grand Crossing for approximately two miles before turning right onto 288th Ave/Indian Creek Rd. Follow this road for approximately one mile and you'll notice the entrance to the park after crossing a bridge over an unnamed road. The road leads directly into the park, making it almost impossible to miss.

Parking

Parking is available near both boat ramps, at the park entrance, and within the campgrounds.

Public Transport

There is no access to public transportation available within the Indian Creek Recreation Area.

Campgrounds and parking in Indian Creek Recreation Area

Campsites in Indian Creek Recreation Area

Reservations camping

Indian Creek Recreation Area

This rugged part of South Dakota was originally explored by Lewis and Clark. Since that time, the space has been used by cowboys to fatten cattle before the cattle drives to market. Today visitors to Indian Creek Recreation Area will find an exceptional space to explore the great outdoors and engage in a wide variety of outdoor activities. Guests to the park will find two campground areas maintained for their use. Both campground areas are near the water, largely flat, and lightly forested with hardwood trees. Those interested in extending their stay to overnight will find 123 camp sites and two cabins to choose from. The camp sites can maintain RV’s up to 75-feet in length. The one-bedroom cabins can accommodate up to four people.

Guests looking for shade will want to choose camp sites away from the water as the water side sites are generally sunny. Electrical hookups are available except in the primitive camping area. The park is located on the Missouri River and as one would expect it accommodates those looking to spend time in the water. The park maintains two boat ramps, three docks, and a fish cleaning station for those interested in fishing.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Indian Creek Recreation Area

In-Season

Boating

Whether you are interested in a quiet canoe ride or a guided fishing tour, guests to lovely 187-acre Indian Creek Recreation Area will want to carve out some time to spend on the Missouri River. This park sits along side of Lake Oahe, a reservoir on the Missouri River, and offers exceptional boating opportunities. Guests to the park will find two boat ramps available for their use. Guests traveling to the park without a private boat will find boats of all sorts available for rent. There is, in fact, a full service marina available to guests within the park.

Fishing

Guests to lovely Indian Creek Recreation Area with an interest in fishing will find that they have come to the right place. The park is situated along the Missouri River and has a marina nestled into the bay. Fishermen familiar with the Missouri River will recognize it as being renowned for walleye. Other fish that guests can expect to catch include sauger, perch, bass, bluegill, sunfish, trout, and catfish. A SD license is required and can be obtained online or in the recreation area. The park maintains two boat ramps as well as a fish cleaning station to improve your fishing experience.

Swimming

Visitors to South Dakota’s Indian Creek Recreation Area will want to make sure they pack their bathing suits and sunscreen before heading out this way in the summer months. The recreation area rests along the Missouri River making it an exceptional space for water sports. Guests to this recreation area are more apt to want to swim from a boat than from the shore. The recreation area sports many camping sites along the river but doesn’t maintain a sandy swim beach. Most of the shore area in the park is in full sun, making it a bit intense for wading.

Off-Season

Klein Museum

Guests to lovely 187-acre Indian Creek Recreation Area with an interest in history and local culture will want to take the time to see the Klein Museum in Mobridge. Founded in 1956, the Klein Museum houses artifacts form the Klein family. Guests will find exhibits related to local wild life and history here. Guests can explore a display with photographs and artifacts related to the life of Sitting Bull. There are also artifacts from a Native American Ghost Dance on display here. Guests will want to make sure that they explore both the interior and exterior exhibits available to them. Located on the grounds of the museum, guests will find a Arikara Lodge.

Geocaching

Guests to Indian Creek Recreation Area with a love for this modern twist on treasure hunting will be happy to hear that there is a cache to find in this area. For individuals new to geocaching, a visit to Indian Creek Recreation Area offers a great opportunity to give this activity a try. Guests to the area can hunt for the Indian Creek Overlook cache. This cache is fairly easy to locate and is located in easy terrain. However, note that this is a micro-cache. To locate this cache guests will drive to Cardiac Hill west of the recreation area. The road to the overlook is gravel. This overlook offers a lovely view of the grasslands native to this part of the state of South Dakota.

Hiking

Guests to Indian Creek Recreation Area will want to pack their hiking shoes and explore this rugged area once explored by Lewis and Clark. Indian Creek Recreation Area maintains three trails to explore. Turkey Run Hiking Trail offers an easy one-mile multi-use trail that connects to Prairie Falcon Trail. Prairie Falcon Hiking Trail provides a more challenging experience with its hilly terrain. This one-mile multi-use trail connects the Turkey Run Hiking Trail and the Orchard Oriole Trail. The Orchard Oriole Hiking Trail offers an easy six-mile multi-use trail for hiking and biking. Be mindful that there is little shade along the trails and make sure that you travel with sufficient amounts of water.

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