Spring Creek Resort & Deep Water Marina
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Spring Creek, the Premiere Outdoors Destination in the Midwest.

28229 Spring Creek Place

Pierre, SD 57501

(605) 224-8336

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Spring Creek Resort & Deep Water Marina

Spring Creek Resort is situated in the heart of South Dakota’s finest fishing and hunting territory. Overlooking beautiful Lake Oahe just 17 miles north of Pierre, SD. Spring Creek Resort specializes in fully guided fishing and pheasant hunting, goose hunting adventure. We are also the destination of choice for family reunions, corporate retreats, special occasion gatherings, and nationally known fishing tournaments.

Officials expecting big, healthy walleyes next year

By Nick Lowrey nick.lowrey@capjournal.com

Lake herring and smelt populations are up data shows and walleyes are taking advantage

With salmon fever gripping the lower reaches of Lake Oahe, the reservoir’s most popular game fish, the walleye, is quietly working its way out of the post 2011 flood funk that has kept fish sizes down for four years.

The flood decimated the lake’s rainbow smelt population, which the 20-inch plus walleyes that made Oahe famous relied on as a food source. That caused sharp declines in the number of larger walleyes in the lake and may have led to slower growth in Lake Oahe’s younger walleyes.

That pattern continued for a few years thanks to a drought in 2012 and falling spring water conditions in 2013. Rainbow smelt spawn in the spring and lay their eggs in very shallow water. Their eggs can be left high and dry if water levels fall in the spring.

Last year high numbers of lake herring were found in the lake. That appears to have contributed to the size and health of chinook salmon and, according to Game, Fish and Parks Senior Fisheries Biologist Mark Fincel, a bump in the size and health of Lake Oahe’s walleye.

“The condition of the walleyes is excellent,” he said.

Biologists have recently concluded their annual gill netting surveys on Lake Oahe and the fish they caught, Fincel said, were all pretty healthy fish. Most were in the 15 to 16 inch size range, he said, which is about what biologists expected to see.

“They’ve got a lot of fat reserves,” Fincel said.

The number of walleyes in the lake appears to be down however, Fincel said, but given the near record number of fish born in 2009 the lower numbers aren’t a big concern.

The annual bait fish surveys also were finished recently, Fincel said, and they too had good news for anglers. Both the acoustic sounding and deepwater netting surveys appear to show strong numbers of rainbow smelt and age zero lake herring. That means this year’s 16-inch walleyes will have plenty of fatty bait to feed up on through the fall and the winter, Fincel said.

“There will be some toads next year,” he said of the walleye population.

The large 2009 year class will most likely start entering the 18 to 19 inch range by next spring Fincel said.


Fishing at Spring Creek Resort on Lake OaheFishing

LAKE OAHE OFFERS PHENOMENAL FISHING!! With nearly 30 fish species that provide anglers with a variety of fishing adventures. The most popular fish include walleye, salmon, small mouth bass, trophy northern pike, and channel catfish. We are also home to a handy convenience store/bait shop offering the freshest bait of the season and tackle necessary to catch the "Big One"! Read more at our Spring Creek fishing page.


Hunting at Spring Creek South Dakota OutfittersHunting

Pheasant Hunt and Goose Hunt with our very own Spring Creek South Dakota Outfitters. The fall pheasant and goose hunting is spectacular!!! We have thousands of privately owned acres of the best pheasant hunting and waterfowl habitat in South Dakota. Read more at our Spring Creek hunting page.



Restaurant & Lounge

Fish or hunt during the day...relax and enjoy our peaceful surroundings at night. Our lodge is the central gathering place in the evenings for sharing your outdoor tales.

Good food goes hand in hand with a great vacation or adventure. At Spring Creek Resort, you'll also enjoy an affordable Premier Steakhouse featuring mouthwatering, U.S.D.A. prime steaks and a cozy lounge where you can settle in with a favorite cocktail. Read more at our restaurant & lounge page.

Spring Creek Resort AccommodationsAccommodations

Our completely remodeled cabins include a refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, (with coffee) and cable TV & Wi-Fi. We offer 2 and 3 bedroom cabins and 4 single bedroom units, with 2 units featuring handicapped accessibility. Pristine and peaceful, these comfortable accommodations are great places to relax and enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Oahe’s Spring Creek! An on-site boat ramp and fish cleaning facilities round out the amenities. Read more at our accommodations page.

Other ActivitiesActivities in Lake Oahe Area

If you're looking for activities outside of hunting and fishing, you'll find a 9 hole championship golf course adjacent to Spring Creek Resort. Just down the road Oahe Speedway, a NRHA-sanctioned drag strip features races most weekends in the summer months. 10 miles south, you can take a tour of the Oahe Dam. Stretching 231 miles, Lake Oahe offers more shoreline than the coast of California. Read more at our activities page.

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