Pierre has more than 350 acres of green space for you to explore. Our two largest Parks, Steamboat and Griffin, border the Missouri River and feature fantastic views and scenery.
Our trails are some of the finest in the state and have been nationally recognized by PlayCore for bringing Play to Nature along a pathway network at Mickelson Pond. In fact, when you connect our trails with the Fort Pierre Trail system and our two state Parks, Oahe Downstream to the North and Farm Island to the East, we feature more than 50 miles of trails .
Griffin Park has newly renovated camping facilities with 16 electrical hookups, holding tank disposal site, space for extra parking, and is only a half block away from Down’s Marina and the hospital. The fee for overnight camping is $16 per night, per camping unit during summer months, $10 per night Nov - April. The fee is an honor based system. There is a box for depositing your fee and a card to fill out stating your proposed time in the campground.
Please read the camping policy before camping.
The public is welcome to use any picnic shelter located in the parks at no charge. These are available on a first come, first serve basis and no reservations are taken for their use. Citizens are advised to post a sign in advance of your event at the shelter of your choice. Electricity is available at the shelter in Steamboat Park located next to Poplar St. parking lot and at the shelter west of Mary House by the hospital. The small shelter located east of the public pool in Griffin Park also has outlets for electricity. Picnic shelters are not enclosed and are open to the environment, tables and garbage containers are near by.
Fish Cleaning Station
Located just east of Griffin Park next to Down’s Marina is a state of the art modern fish cleaning station. The station is winterized in the fall but opened when weather permits.
EMERALD ASH BORER INFORMATION (EAB)
EAB has been detected in SD. Read more on control from the SD Department of Agriculture. The City of Pierre adopted a response plan for if and when EAB is detected in Hughes County. See document section below. View an informational You Tube video on EAB in Sioux Falls.
- City of Pierre Mosquito Control Program Narrative 2017 (DOC)
- City of Pierre Mosquito Fogging Zone Map (BMP)
- West Nile Virus Questions and Answers FAQ Sheet (PDF)
- Comprehensive Plan Chapter 7 Parks (PDF)
- Tree Planting Guide
- 2004-2005 Davey inventory of Pierre Street Trees (XLSX)
- EAB Plan13 Final for Presentation to Commission (DOC)
- Pierre CTAP Report (PDF)
- Policy for Naming Renaming of Parks and or Recreational Facilities (PDF)
- Tent and RV Camping Final Policy (PDF)