Experience Outdoors in Deuel

   Welcome Outdoor Men, Women & Youth to Deuel County!

South Dakota is renowned world-wide for its pheasant hunting.  Pheasants are just part of the hunting package you can enjoy while in Deuel County.  A variety of game animals in a variety of settings are offered in river bottoms, grasslands and the prairie coteau.

Small game, waterfowl, deer and turkey are only part of the fun and adventure for outdoor men and women in Deuel County.

Based on information obtained from South Dakota's Game, Fish and Parks; Deuel County should provide great hunting and fishing opportunites this fall.  Read about The Prairie Coteau on our website as well! 

Deuel communities will be ready and willing to assist you with all the services needed while visiting our area:

Find our Outside Recreation Brochure by clicking here

Stay in Deuel County!!



Buffalo Ridge Resort

1312 Coteau Street
Gary, SD 57237
Business Phone: 605.272.7777
Toll Free: 888.200.6074
Fax: 605.272.2022


Contact: info@buffaloridgeresort.com
Buffalo Ridge Resort Website: http://www.buffaloridgeresort.com

Gary's Website: http://www.experiencegarysd.com

Buffalo Ridge Resort is the area's premier destination. Located in Gary, South Dakota, on the campus of the former SD School for the Blind. Special Hunting Package and Romance Package available, as well as renting larger accommodations for larger groups.

Great for Family Reunions,
Class Reunions or Hunting Groups!

Click on the above addresses for the Link and see amazing!



Now also renting out the Third and Fourth Floor Family Suite!  Complete with 16 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 large seating areas, a dining area and a full kitchen.  This is great for family reunions, class reunions or hunting groups!


Talking Waters Campground

Over 30 modern camping sites (RV and Tent), and countless tent only walk-insites surrounded by beautiful oak trees. Acres of rolling walking trails surround beautiful Lake Elsie, eastern SD's only spring-fed trout lake.  Take a walk around Lake Elsie and you'll discover 2 waterfalls, sand beaches and babbling brooks.

Also available is a TeePee for rent.



America's Best Value Inn & Suites

Manager:  Mary DeSutter

Clear Lake, SD 57226

Address: 920 3rd Ave S
Clear Lake, SD 57226
Business Phone #: 605-874-8279
Email: abviclearlake@gmail.com

Pool is also available for birthday, swim parties and gatherings!! Give us a call!

Business Description:

Americas Best Value Inn and Suites in Clear Lake offers the most value for your money and is your best choice within the East Central South Dakota area. We offer ideal accommodations and location whether you are in town for boating, hunting, and fishing, or simply passing through on your way to Minneapolis. Their goal is to provide our guests a great experience, not just a place to stay.when staying for business, pleasure, or just passing through. We offer clean spacious rooms, free continental breakfast, and in-room WiFi. All guest rooms include coffeemakers and flat panel cable TV with ESPN. and they'll be adding refrigerators and microwaves.

Take advantage of our extremely comfortable beds and relax while saving money year-round with our Kids Stay Free Policy (11 and under in parent’s room). For those guests that are in town on longer term corporate assignments or business trips we also offer special weekly and monthly rates, as well as direct billing options.

For your convenience our hotel is 100 percent smoke free. Relax or take a swim in our indoor pool. Pets are welcome, restrictions and charges may apply. We are centrally located approximately 5 minutes from Interstate 29 on Highway 15 and Highway 22.

We’ve Got You Covered from the time you hit the road until your head hits the pillow.



Located for meals and drinks right next door, is the Sport's Page! (Closed for the time being 5/12/20)


Guided Hunting

Dakota Ridge

South Dakota's Finest in Guided Pheasant Hunting

Dakota Ridge Hunting & Lodge is located near Clear Lake, SD and Watertown, SD.
The land around Dakota Ridge is farmed especially for pheasant hunting and encompasses over two thousand acres of prime hunting land in Eastern South Dakota.




Hunting memories that last a lifetime...


Stone's Gate City Lodge


For an article on Will Stone in the GunDog Magazine click here.

Will and Fay Stone
215 Main Ave.
Gary, SD 57237

10 rooms all with private baths, air conditioning, 3 lounges areas with TV, 20 x 40 meeting/dining room with full furnished kitchen for your needs and use.

3 Single bed rooms- 2 rooms with queen bed, 1 room with XL double bed
7 Double bed rooms- 1 room includes 2 XL double and 1 twin bed
1 room with 1 double bed and 2 twin beds,
1 room with 1 queen bed and 1 twin bed

2 rooms with 2 XL double beds, 2 rooms with 1 queen bed and 1 double bed

Guide to State Game Production Areas (GPAs) and Federal Waterfowl Production

The Following is a GUIDE to state Game Production Areas (GPAs) and federal Waterfowl Production.  Areas (WPAs) in South Dakota was prepared to help sportsmen locate public hunting areas.

The following abbreviations are used to identify state and federal areas, area use and game species using them.

Upland Game .................................UG
Waterfowl .......................................WF
Big Game .......................................BG
Furbearers ......................................FB
Game Production Area ................GPA
Water Access ................................WA
Park Facilities ....................................P
Controlled Hunting .........................CH
Waterfowl Production Area ..........WPA
Refuge ..............................................R


State Game Production Areas are owned and managed by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks for game production and public hunting.  The GPAs are purchased at appraised value with hunting license revenues.


Briggs Lake

100 acres

Bullhead, Perch

Bullhead Lake

341 acres

Bullhead, Northern Pike, Perch, Walleye.
Boat Ramp, Toilet.

Clear Lake

600 acres

Bullhead, Northern Pike, Perch.
Boat Ramp.

Fish Lake

800 acres

Bullhead, Northern Pike, Perch.
Boat Ramp.

Ketchum Lake

73 acres

Northern Pike, Perch, Walleye.
Boat Ramp.

Lake Alice

1146 acres

Northern Pike, Perch, Walleye.
Dock, Boat Ramp, Toilet.

Lake Cochrane

366 acres

Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Northern Pike, Perch, Walleye.Dock, Boat Ramp, Toilet.

Lake Oliver

100 acres

Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Perch, Walleye.
Boat Ramp, Dock.

Lonetree Lake

200 acres

Bullhead, Northern Pike, Perch.

Round Lake

1040 acres

Bullhead, Northern Pike, Perch.
Toilet, Boat Ramp.

School Lake

400 acres

Bullhead, Northern Pike, Perch.
Boat Ramp.

South Coteau Lake

320 acres

Bullhead, Northern Pike, Perch.
Boat Ramp.


CAMPING (Not privately owned):

City of Clear Lake: Contact the City for camping at the City Park. 605.874.2121

Ulven Park -- Located on the east side of Clear Lake

Also a Handicap Dock is available

City of Toronto

Sewer/water/electrical hookups

$15 per night (Price subject to change)
$10 per night after 7 nights. Reservations are accepted by e-mail to Toronto@itctel.com or by calling 605-794-2351

Lake Cochrane Recreation Area

Nestled between Lake Cochrane and Lake Oliver is an 88-acre playground for campers, anglers, boaters and those who simply enjoy the outdoors. Both the quality of the park and the clear, spring-fed lake bring people to this area. Lake Cochrane was named for the area's first homesteader,


Byron J. Cochrane, who settled on the south side of the lake in 1872. The area's rich farmlands and attractive setting soon attracted other homesteaders.  

Restrictions / Safety

DOT Road Report

Lake Cochrane Recreation Area

3454 Edgewater Drive
Gary, SD 57237
Email: LakeCochrane@state.sd.us

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 44.714191
Long: -96.478932

Lodging Info

  1. Campsite details
  2. Camping cabin

Facilities / Services

Boat Ramp  
Camping cabins
Drinking water
Dump station
Electric campsites
Fishing pole checkout
Flush toilets/showers
Game checkout
Picnic Shelter
Vault toilets 


Fishing License  (Required)

Northern Pike

Special Amenities while in the area:

Hunting and Fishing Supplies
Clinic/Hospital/Emergency Room