With nearly 4 million acres of public land, South Dakota offers solid access to a state with some of the nation’s top hunting and fishing options.

Walk-In Areas

• More than 1.25 million acres enrolled

• Program allows for public access to private lands

• Walk-in access only

Angostura Recreation Area

• 36 miles of shore line

• Good fishing for walleyes, smallmouth bass and crappies

• Offers boat launch and camping

Black Hills National Forest

• 1.25 million acres

• Excellent deer and turkey hunting

• Trout fishing in streams

Dakota Prairie National Grassland

• 1.2 million acres

• Hunting for antelope, deer, elk and sheep

• Excellent predator and prairie dog hunting

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Boat Ramps


Landowner Access and Habitat Program

Find more public land access opportunities with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunt Planner.

Photo: Black Hills National Forest

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