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South Dakota is a state in the mid-west and is famous for the Black Hills and the famous presidential sculptures at Mount Rushmore. South Dakota is bordered by six states, those of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming. The state capital is Pierre, whilst the most populated city is Sioux Falls.

The climate of South Dakota is one of very cold winters and hot summers. The average January temperature is 12°f/–11°c and the July temperature is 74°f/23°c. Rainfall during the year in Sioux Falls is 25", whilst the snow fall is 41".

The most popular spot for scuba diving in South Dakota is at Lake Oahe. The lake is 250 miles long and the visibility is 10-25 feet. Many divers go spear fishing for Walleye, if that is what you like, but it is supposed to be the best place in the US for Walleye fishing. More to my liking is the tailrace, which is a drift dive caused by water being exited from the reservoir. The Chute below Lake Oahe Dam is where you jump in and just let it take you on what I would call Superman’s Flight. Make sure you are wearing plenty of thick neoprene in case of any bumps and scrapes with boulders etc. For the first time you do this, go with a guide!

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