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The Undiscovered Jewel of the Prairie, Cheyenne Ridge

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The Undiscovered Jewel of the Prairie, Cheyenne Ridge
by Bob Riege

Lake Oahe offers a great opportunity it is if not the top, at least one of the best walleye waters in the US. The lake is huge running from near Bismarck, North Dakota to Pierre, South Dakota about 150 miles long with over 250,00 surface acres.

Recently I had the opportunity visit with John Cooper the Executive Director for South Dakota Fish and Wildlife Service. He said Lake Oahe has produced more walleyes than they ever anticipated. To address the increased need to harvest Lake Oahe’s abundant smaller walleyes and to help the lake’s rainbow smelt population recover, anglers fishing Lake Oahe in 2001 will be able to harvest 14 walleye daily.

No more than four of those fish daily can be 15 inches or greater in length and no more than one of those four may be 18 inches or longer.

Currently anglers have taken about 660,000 walleyes out of the system and they need to take 1.2 million. Therefore, it would appear that these large bag limits will still be around in 2002.

The fishing is great in Oahe, but there is another undiscovered jewel and that is the new Cheyenne Ridge Lodge and Conference Center. This is a magnificent lodge located on a bluff overlooking the Oahe Reservoir.

Cheyenne Ridge Lodge features 36 single occupancy, deluxe rooms each with private bath. Each room is equipped with ultra plush queen size beds and it’s own 25 inch TV with satellite reception. Their phone system provides each individual room with dual phone and data lines and complete voice messaging service. The business center provides 24 hour direct internet access, along with fax and copying service keeping you connected to your home office.

The expansive Great Room is beautiful and it is a great place to gather and relax after a day on the water or in the field. If you would prefer to relax around the swimming pool or the hot tub they are both housed indoors for your convenience.

Their library features the latest periodicals and a selection of reading materials for those who prefer a quieter endeavor.

Meals are served family style and they feature a daily menu that is certain to please even the most discriminating diner. Hearty breakfast, tasty noon lunches and scrumptious evening meals are the norm for Cheyenne Ridge.

They offer an attached 4000 square foot conference center that can be set up to meet your groups’ needs. They can configure the center to incorporate product displays, classroom settings, group meetings or conferences. In addition, they offer state of the art video conferencing facilities, break out meeting rooms and a private boardroom. The staff will work with you to meet your conferencing, strategic planning session, retreat, reception or business meeting needs.

Cheyenne Ridge also has facilities to accommodate the hunter as well. Kennels for the dogs, and a gun room where you can secure and clean your gun, plus an onsite sporting clay range are just three designed areas of the Lodge itself. The outfitters at Cheyenne Ridge have package hunts for whitetail, mule deer, and turkey. They also have combined hunts for upland game that include grouse, pheasant and waterfowl.

Upland hunts are good old fashioned bird hunts at their finest. They offer a choice of an early season preserve pheasant hunt ( 5 birds daily limit) or you may choose to hunt exclusively wild native birds during the statewide season, (3 daily limit). Sharptail grouse and prairie chicken hunts are also available with the season opening the third weekend of September. The statewide pheasant season opener is the third weekend in October with the season running through the end of December.

They have over 20,000 acres of available hunting land with a wide variety of cover including native grassland, CRP, sloughs, shelterbelts, dry land and irrigated cropland and specialized food plots. Groups hunt in smaller parties with an experienced guide and outstanding dogs. They limit the number of hunters per group to maximize the safety and quality of your hunt. Large groups are welcomed but be prepared to split up into smaller groups for each days hunt.

This is the finest quality upland bird hunt available. They will customize any hunt to meet your specific needs. This is the most spectacular hunting and fishing lodge I have seen and the quality of the staff is superior.

Cheyenne Ridge is really an undiscovered prairie jewel you owe it to yourself to go to Pierre, South Dakota and discover this for yourself. For more information contact: Neal Hoyme ? VP Director of Marketing at Cheyenne Ridge Outfitters & Lodge Inc., P.O. Box 7108, Pierre SD, 57501 or call 1-800-223-9126. You can also find them on the web at: www.cheyenneridge.com

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