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Hand County: Outdoor Enthusiasts’ Vacation Destination


PIERRE, S.D. – Located in central South Dakota between Pierre and Brookings along Highway 14, Hand County is a prime pheasant hunting destination. This prairie region is home to the communities of Miller, Polo, Ree Heights, Saint Lawrence and Vayland.

Hand County is home to a handful of lodges, making any hunter’s experience unforgettable. If hunting is not your sport or if you need some time away from the fields, check out the McWhorter House Museum & Depot. The historical home features Victorian décor, antique furnishings, quilts and medical equipment from the past. The home was built in the early 1900s and gives visitors the chance to take a step back and experience history.

Another popular attraction is the Midway Drive-In Theatre in Miller. Visitors wanting to enjoy an outdoor movie theatre atmosphere can make their way just east of Miller. Shows begin at sunset from May to August.

Outdoor enthusiasts can spend time at Lake Louise State Recreation Area located north of Miller along South Dakota Highway 14. Lake Louise was made in 1932 after the south fork of Wolf Creek was dammed. Fishing and hunting are both popular sports at Lake Louise. Visitors to the recreation area have their choice of two campgrounds.

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.


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