The Big Sioux Recreation Area covers a total area of 430 acres on the banks of South Dakota's Big Sioux River. This state park and recreation area are close to the cities of Sioux Falls and Brandon which are in Lincoln County and Minnehaha County in the state of South Dakota. To get to the park, just travel 4 miles southwest of Brandon off I-90 Exit 406.
The Big Sioux Recreation Area was added to the Sioux County Conservation Management plan in 2009 and is home to several different habitats that include wetland, forest, and prairie. During bird migration season, the park can offer several hours of bird watching from several bird species including eagles looking for a place to rest.
Facilities at Big Sioux Recreation Area include the historic site, playground, volleyball court, 50 campsites (43 with electrical hookups), warming house, two cabins, picnic areas, picnic shelter, hiking trails, bridle trails, canoe ramp, and an archery range. These amenities make it possible for visitors to indulge in the following popular activities at the park including interpretive programs, camping, fishing, canoeing, biking, hiking, archery, disc golf, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing.
If you choose to bring your dog with you for exercise, fun, and relaxation, rest assured that you shall not pay any additional fee for your dog. That said, you must follow strict park rules that include the following: First, you must never leave your dog unattended to and in fact, your dog should always be under your immediate control and always kept more than 200 feet away from other guests. Areas such as designated swimming areas and park buildings should be avoided and your dog must always be on a leash no longer than 10 feet long. You can bring your dog to tent and camping areas but you must ensure that you always clean after your pooch.