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Lake Oahe Walleye Fishing

At Bird Down Lodge we guide walleye fishing trips on Lake Oahe near Bowdle South Dakota. Lake Oahe is the 4th largest man made reservoir in the United States. Lake Oahe is approximately 231 miles long and extends from Pierre, South Dakota, upstream to Bismarck, North Dakota. Lake Oahe and the Missouri River are regarded as one of the great walleye fishing factories in the states today.

Lake Oahe is known as one of the premiere walleye fishing lakes in the United States. The miles of shoreline, multitude of structure under the water, abundance of bait fish, constant flow and other factors lead to an environment favorable for producing abundant numbers and sizes of walleyes. Other fish found here include the Walleye, sauger, northern pike, channel catfish, white bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, Chinook salmon, tiger muskie, a variety of panfish.

Lake Oahe and Oahe Dam History

Lake Oahe and Oahe Dam History

Construction of the Oahe Dam on the Missouri River started in 1948. Many towns, bridges and road needed to be relocated or rebuilt as they would be flooded by the creation of the reservoir. Work on the 9,300-foot-long, rolled-earth dam then proceeded, with this phase being completed in 1958. The first official filling was achieved in April 1962, and the Oahe Dam was officially dedicated by President John F. Kennedy on August 17, 1962. In 1963, all seven generators in the powerhouse were online and running. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers designed and built the dam for flood control, power generation, irrigation, and navigation.

Lake Oahe and Oahe Dam Facts

  • Dam height: 245 feet (75 m)
  • Dam volume of earth fill: 92,000,000 cubic yards
  • Dam volume of concrete: 1,122,000 cubic yards
  • Spillway width: 456 feet
  • Spillway crest elevation: 1,596.5 feet
  • Lake maximum depth: 205 ft
  • Water speed through dam: 11 mph
  • Number of turbines: 7
  • Power generated per turbine: 112,290 kW
  • reservoir storage capacity: 2.35 million acre-feet (29 km³).
  • States served with electricity: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Montana
  • Number of recreation areas around lake: 51
  • Miles of shoreline: 2,250 (more than California)