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Charles Mix County: An Outdoor Delight


PIERRE, S.D. – Outdoor enthusiasts thrive in Charles Mix County. Communities in this recreational haven include Wagner, Platte, Lake Andes, Marty, Geddes, Pickstown and Dante. 

Observe nearly any bird or mammal species indigenous to the prairie pothole country at the Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge. Species diversity is at its highest during the spring and fall migration periods and the refuge is a haven for birdwatchers during the summer months.

Hunting and fishing are also major attractions at the refuge during wet years. Learn wildlife facts at the educational interpretive area, trek the nature trail and enjoy great wildlife viewing along wooded lake shores, marshlands and native grass uplands. 

A great attraction for anglers in Charles Mix County is Lake Andes, one of the most popular fishing sites in the state. 

When sporting isn’t in the picture, Charles Mix County holds several other great options. Learn the history of the Fort Randall Military Post along a self-interpretive trail near Pickstown. Tour the remains of the fort buildings that provided military protection to pioneer settlements from 1856 until the fort was abandoned in 1892. The site highlights excavated foundations, the Fort Randall Post Cemetery and the Fort Randall Chapel. Hear the complete history of the fort at the Fort Randall Visitor Center. 

Before leaving Pickstown, schedule a tour of the Fort Randall Dam. Features include the dam embankment, power plant, spillway and outlet works. Stop at the visitor center for stunning views and exhibits. Discover some western heritage at the Geddes Historic Village. The village offers a scaled replica of a keelboat, an old-time school house, an old French trading post and the boyhood home of South Dakota’s former governor Peter Norbeck. 

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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