City of White River

The Best Hometown

Welcome to White River, small town South Dakota at its finest! In the heart of the Great Plains, just east of the Badlands, north of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, and south of Interstate 90. White River is at the junction of highways 44 and 83, easy access in every direction. Whether you’re here to stay or just for a visit, here is the perfect spot to get to where you need to be.

White River – The Best Hometown
Welcome to

White River

Welcome to White River, small town South Dakota at its finest! In the heart of the Great Plains, just east of the Badlands, north of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, and south of Interstate 90. White River is at the junction of highways 44 and 83, easy access in every direction. Whether you’re here to stay or just for a visit, here is the perfect spot to get to where you need to be.

The community is tight knit with a quiet, comfortable ease, and everything you need. Shopping, grocery, automotive, education, culture, and healthcare, all with a small-town feel. The county seat, White River is one of three small towns in Mellette County and the largest with a population of 533 in 2020.

Special events and everyday activities offer entertainment and opportunity. Frontier Days, a full weekend of rodeo action with a parade, Swift Bear Wacipi, and other events, is held annually the second weekend in July. The Ranch Rodeo in August is another event that calls to mind our rich western cowboy history. Countless organizations and clubs offer many chances for social and service opportunities, while nature’s bounty brings prime hunting and fishing, as well as a haven for naturalists in search of the pure beauty of the land.

You will find all that and more here in White River,

The Best Hometown

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White River Events

Looking for exciting events in White River, South Dakota? As your go-to source for all things happening in our amazing hometown, we have a curated list of upcoming events that you won’t want to miss.
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Senior Citizens Potluck noon
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Mellette County Street Market July 6th 9am – 2pm Vendors, Baked Goods, Various Sales – Speetspot America Hotel
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Mellette County Street Market July 6th 9am – 2pm Vendors, Baked Goods, Various Sales – Speetspot America Hotel Bring your own!  Only $10 a spot, call 605-259-3939 , ...
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Senior Citizens Pancakes noon
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Frontier Days
8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Frontier Days
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Frontier Days
12:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Senior Citizens Potluck noon
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Red Hat 1pm
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Historical Society 1pm
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Senior Citizens Birthdays 2pm
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Ladies Aid 1:30pm
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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