This recreation area is located just below the Fort Randall Dam on the banks of the Missouri River.
The Randall Creek State Recreation Area is a great place for visitors to view the majestic bald eagle. There is an eagle roost area in the park, and it is also a designated National Natural Landmark. In South Dakota, many bald eagles spend their winters below the Missouri River dams so that they can catch fish and prey on waterfowl that are around the open water. The bald eagles usually perch 50 feet off of the riverbank in the tall cottonwood trees and feed in the morning and will rest in their roosting trees in the afternoons. Since they will leave their roosts if humans bother them, the Department of Game, Fish, and Parks keeps motorized traffic in the recreation areas in the winter while the bald eagles roost.
The recreation area is on the banks of the Missouri River, just downstream from the Fort Randall Dam. The US Army Corps of Engineers began building the dam in 1946, and it started generating electricity in 1954. It is peaceful to watch the water flow, and the animals and the birds love the area, as well. Close to the dam is a visitors center and a boat repair shop.
The Randall Creek State Recreation Area is 184 acres and is open year-round. Visitors can enjoy basketball, bird watching, boating, canoeing, disc golf, fishing, kayaking, lawn games, picnicking, volleyball, and walking. There are benches around the river's edge and parking close by. There is a fire ring by each picnic table, too. The camping is great in this area and is open for tents, trailers, and motor homes. There are bathrooms with flush toilets and showers, as well as a boat ramp, drinking water, a dump station, fishing pier, shore fishing access, and fish cleaning stations. Cabins are also available if you would prefer not to camp. Some visitors and campers come back to enjoy the area every year, sometimes even several times a year.