Little Moreau was once called the Big Owl and the Little Owl rivers.
Little Moreau State Recreation Area was once used for winter campgrounds for the Cheyenne and later the Minneconjou tribes, plus Two Kettle bands of the Teton Sioux. Once known as Big Owl and Little Owl Rivers, the name was changed to Moreau, an early fur trader's name. The surrounding grasslands attracted the first European settlers to the Moreau Valley, and during the late 1870s through the 1890s, cattle barons came from southern states to graze thousands of their cattle on the rich grassland.
This recreation area is a perfect place for camping and RVs. The campground is quiet, secluded, and private. There are only 5 sites available, and they are located by the water, with amazing views of the lake. The campground is open year-round and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors can bring their boat, canoe, kayak, or bike. Enjoy hiking, fishing, and swimming, or use the volleyball court and picnic areas. Wildlife is abundant here, so be on the lookout for red foxes, bobcats, owls, and eagles. Bird watchers and photographers also enjoy this area.