Each year, springtime ushers in an explosion of life and color across southeast South Dakota. The area’s striking floral array comes into full bloom, while local wildlife – like geese and whitetail deer – emerge to enjoy their newfound reprieve from winter’s cold. Plus, with an abundance of freshly defrosted lakes and rivers, a fun-filled season of fishing, boating and swimming awaits.

Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, Yankton

Lake Alvin Recreation Area wildflowers, Harrisburg

Kayaking on the Missouri River, Yankton

Good Earth State Park, Canton

Whitetail Deer

Big Sioux Recreation Area, Brandon

Palisades State Park, Garretson

Fishing on the Missouri River

The Outdoor Campus, Sioux Falls

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