Sights To See

The Joseph N. Nicollet Tower and Interpretive Center
Located 3.5 miles west of Sisseton is a 75-foot observation tower with three floors that provides a breathtaking view of the great valley carved by the glacier some 40,000 years ago. The Interpretive Center next to the tower provides a 12-minute film and artwork by John Wilson.

Stavig House Museum (National Register of Historical Places)
Stories of Scandinavian immigration are told through a collection of immigrant letters and historical photographs in this authentic 10-bedroom Victorian home built by Norwegian immigrant Andrew Stavig. Tours available; see website for information. The century-old house was the setting for the Emmy-award winning documentary “The Stavig Letters” produced by South Dakota Public Broadcasting in 2011.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Headquarters
7 miles south on BIA 7. Currently under construction is a new $31.2 million administration building for the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribal headquarters. When completed, it will include numerous cultural displays for public viewing. Follow the construction process at

Song to the Great Spirit Building


7 miles south on BIA 7. Visit Sisseton Wahpeton College, including the Song to the Great Spirit building, a monumental work of “sculptural architecture” which functions as a living academic building while honoring the history and traditions of the Dakotah people. The SWC Bookstore is open Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and provides unique cultural items, gifts and local artwork, as well as Dakota Language books, CD’s, DVD’s, flashcards and games.

Old Agency Village
7 miles south on BIA 7. Other sites of interest in the Old Agency area include the historic Goodwill Presbyterian Chruch and Cemetery (1870), the historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and Cemetery (1880), the SWO Pow-Wow and Rodeo Grounds, Tiospa Zina Tribal School, Chief Gabriel Renville’s brick house ruins (2 miles southeast of village), and Chief Gabriel Renville’s grave on a bluff (2.5 miles southeast of village).

Continental Divide
Marker is 4.5 miles east of Sisseton on SD Hwy. 10

Ancient River Warren Channel (National Registry of Natural Landmarks)
Also the site of the Mound Builders Burial Ground, located 11 miles east of Sisseton on SD Hwy. 10. A channel cut by the Ancient River Warren during the Ice Age, containing the Hudson Bay-Gulf of Mexico divide, with a lake on each side as evidence of the irregularities in Ice Age sedimentation.

Nicollet Tower

Sica Hollow (National Registry of Natural Landmarks)
Located 10 miles northwest of Sisseton, this area displays many facets of natural history, including the glacial story of the River Warren, pothole lakes on the upland of Coteau, grasslands and prairie, and ravines where eastern deciduous forests grow. It also includes the eastern face of the escarpment of the Coteau des Prairies.

Roberts County Courthouse (National Register of Historic Places)
2nd Avenue East, between Maple and Oak streets. This historic building with a “Neo-Classical Revival” design was built in 1902. The structure was listed on the National Register in 1976.

Buffalo Herds
One of several buffalo herds in the area can be seen near Buffalo Lake, 6 miles west of Sisseton on SD Hwy. 10 and 2 miles south on Drywood Lake Road.

Scenic Coteau Skyline Drive
Travel from the southwest corner of Sisseton, going 3 miles west on SD Hwy. 10; 8 miles south on County Road 15; 3 miles east on County Road 5; and 7 miles north on BIA 7 for a scenic view of the Coteau.

Cottonwood Slough-Dry Run (National Registry of Natural Landmarks)
This area in northern Roberts County is a glaciated finger outlet of the world's largest Pleistocene glacial lake, and a completely undisturbed wetland complex which includes potholes, streams, shallow open water, lakes, and marsh.


Sam Brown Cabin and Museum
Located in Browns Valley, MN, 12 miles east of Sisseton on SD Hwy. 10. After a stop at the museum, enjoy scenic drives around Big Stone Lake or Lake Traverse, an estimated 60-mile route for each lake.

International Vinegar Museum
20 miles west of Sisseton on SD Hwy. 10, 18 miles south on SD Hwy 25. Located in Roslyn, the museum is open June through August, Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Blue Dog State Fish Hatchery
1 mile north of Waubay, SD

Waubay Wildlife Refuge
8 miles north of Waubay, off SD Hwy. 12

Sand Lake Refuge
65 miles west of Sisseton, on SD Hwy. 10

Blue Cloud Abbey
South of Sisseton on I-29 to Summit, SD Exit 207; 8 miles east to the Abbey.