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Aurora County: A Diverse Attraction


PIERRE, S.D. – Recreation and history come together for a delightful experience in Aurora County. This agricultural region in southeastern South Dakota is located in what many locals refer to as the Heart of Mother Nature’s finest area.

Sportsmen visiting the region will delight in a hunting-and-fishing paradise abundant with native wildlife and bountiful cropland. Each fall the county comes alive with pheasant and deer hunters from across the nation. Opportunity abounds for anglers at excellent area fishing spots. The Missouri River, one of the world’s best walleye fisheries, is less than an hour’s drive from nearly anywhere in the county.

Travelers with a more historical edge will discover unique historic buildings throughout the county. Stop at these buildings and look back in time to the region’s early days. These old-time gems are listed in the National Register of Historical Places. Visit for a complete building list.

Tour the Plankinton Historical Museum and discover buildings and artifacts from the pioneering days of Aurora County.

Traveling through Aurora County on a motorcycle? Cruise through Plankinton in late June and take part in the Annual Motor Sports Rally/Poker Run. The $10 entry fee benefits area programs. The fun starts at DJ’s Drive Inn in Plankinton. Visit for more information.

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.