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Take The "Plunge" Into a Natural Hot Spring


PIERRE, S.D. – For thousands of years the Wiwilakahta or "valley of healing waters" was prized by the Lakota Sioux Tribe. Today, Evans Plunge, in Hot Springs, S.D., is still utilizing this natural resource, while promoting the four R’s: rejuvenation, refreshment, relaxation and recreation.

Since 1890, Evans Plunge has been welcoming visitors to enjoy soothing natural warm water springs and exciting family fun. These springs were thought to be a cure-all for a multitude of illnesses, and were fought over by the Native American Tribes in the area.

"Originally, visitors sought the medicinal benefits that the springs offered," said Vicki Hudson, general manger, Evans Plunge. "Today, we have evolved into a complete family attraction offering exciting waterslides, Tarzan rings, fun tubes, a kid’s pool and a full service health club."

The large pool at Evans Plunge is filled by numerous sparkling springs and one Mammoth spring of mineral water. This water flows from the Mammoth spring at a rate of 5000 gallons/minute and is a constant of 87 degrees Fahrenheit. This constant flow of spring water results in the 50x200 foot pool being completely refreshed every hour and a half (16 times/day), and assures that it is consistently full of the cleanest water around.

"The natural clarity and warmth of the water flowing through the pool makes Evans Plunge a water park like no other," explained Hudson. "Our family friendly atmosphere and the many other attractions in Hot Springs are a few reasons why people visit our community throughout the year."

Evans Plunge is a great family destination and is open year-round. For more information on rates, hours of operation or amenities available visit or contact Vicki Hudson at 605-745-5165 or

The In Your Own Backyard series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique areas and attractions all across South Dakota. Click on the special "In Your Own Backyard" link at to access the complete list of articles.

The In Your Own Backyard series is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 Initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.