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Buffalo County: Celebrate Cultural Heritage


PIERRE, S.D. – Situated along the Native American Scenic Byway, Buffalo County offers excellent views of the Missouri River and surrounding prairie. A portion of the county is situated on the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation. 

The Big Bend Dam in Fort Thompson creates expansive Lake Sharpe stretching northward to Pierre. Enjoy 80 miles of water recreation on the lake. Boating, fishing, swimming and camping are popular Lake Sharpe activities, and year round sports such as softball, volleyball and basketball tournaments also provide entertainment. Schedule a guided tour of the dam powerhouse and stop at the Big Bend Dam visitor center. 

The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe’s wildlife department offers guided tours for some of the finest regional hunting and fishing. Looking for some evening entertainment? The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe operates the Lode Star casino and restaurant. The casino is a great place to find delicious dining, exciting entertainment and great gaming. Tribal organizations sponsor high stakes bingo games most nights of the week. 

Attend the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe’s annual fair and powwow and discover a tradition that is rooted in the tribe’s heritage. Spectators can experience the proud history of the dancers, dress and music. The event is a chance to enjoy a valuable and richly cultural experience. 

The Uniquely South Dakota series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique aspects and attractions in each of South Dakota’s 66 counties. This profile was researched and compiled by Shayla Waugh, public relations intern for the Office of Tourism.


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