Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation

Outside Expectations

In Mitchell, we enjoy an unparalleled lifestyle – outside expectations. We take pride in our beautiful landscape and Midwest tradition, and that includes outdoor recreation that spans all four seasons.

Take the family out for a splashing good time at the Mitchell Aquatic Center, where you can swim laps in the 50-meter 6-lane competition pool or try out the double slide that runs over 100 feet. This waterpark has something for the whole family with zero-depth entry, a water walk, sprayers, slides, and more.

Ride through town on the bike and walking paths along Dry Run Creek, the scenic bypass along Cadwell Sports Complex, or the shores of Lake Mitchell. Take your best shot at one of our two 18-hole golf courses, either overlooking beautiful Lake Mitchell or winding along Firesteel Creek.

Lay out the picnic blanket for free outdoor concerts by the Mitchell City Band, held every week in the summer at the sprawling Hitchcock Park. Or run off energy at any of Mitchell’s 20+ public parks and beaches, including basketball courts, sand volleyball pits, softball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, and more.

If it’s your four-legged family member with energy to burn, the Mitchell Dog Park features 2.3 acres for large dogs and a .85 acre small dog-friendly enclosure. Both are fenced, shaded, and equipped with drinking fountains, benches, and gravel pathways.

Build memories while building snowmen at the large open park spaces around town. Or for the thrill of winter, go sledding at the Amphitheatre along Lake Mitchell.


Premier Pheasant Hunting

Plan your perfect hunt with the Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau

The diverse landscape of South Dakota is characterized by an assortment of habitats and an abundant array of natural resources. For many outdoor enthusiasts, no other wildlife species in the state is as recognized or valued as the ring-necked pheasant.

The opening weekend in October is an event anticipated not only by pheasant hunters, but also family and friends who are reunited during this social gathering. The season generally begins the third week of October, although residents and youth have chances to hunt public land prior to that. Additionally, several area hunting preserves enjoy expanded seasons.

Mitchell is regarded as one of the best pheasant hunting spots in the nation, a position it has maintained for decades. The highest concentration of hunting guides in South Dakota can be found in the Mitchell area, offering an excellent selection when planning your hunt.

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