Capitol Grounds
Capitol Lake




Capitol Lake is a man made artesian lake adjacent to the Capitol Building. This warm water lake is visited by thousands of migratory waterfowl each fall.



The lake is an oasis of wildlife in the center of South Dakota's Capital City. You'll find the lake well stocked with goldfish, along with carp, ands other native fishes. Amphibians such as frogs, and salamanders call the lake home, as well as other wildlife such as snakes, turtles, and a thriving colony of mink.


Many visitors come to see and feed the birds and enjoy the serene beauty of the lake.



Capitol Lake was a popular ice skating attraction early in the century, until weak ice led to loss of life on the lake. Up until the mid 1970's, the pond was also a popular fishing hole for the youth of the town.



The edge of Capitol Lake also boasts the Capitol's Visitor Center - an area used by state government and  available to the public for events. The Visitor's center is also the place to go to find tourism information on attractions in the Pierre area.

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