The James River: Respected at Huron

The James River (aka the Jim or the Jacques) doesn’t always get the respect it deserves across the Dakotas, perhaps because it runs parallel to the majestic Missouri. But the James has its own character, and Huron pays it proper homage. You don’t even need to leave town to enjoy the river; families like to fish for walleye and catfish at Third Street Dam, just blocks from downtown. At the confluence of Broadland Creek and the James lies an 80-acre lake and small park with a sand beach, pedal boat and tube rentals, concessions, fishing docks and other fun amenities. Two 1-mile walking trails along the James have been established within the city limits. Pontists (people who love old bridges) will enjoy crisscrossing the country roads, searching for early 20th century pony truss bridges that are still in use. The bridges are especially prevalent in Beadle County and Spink, just north of Beadle. The natural habitat of the river valley is also popular with birdwatchers, photographers, hunters and fishermen.

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