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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Mellette County Street Market May 4th 9am – 2pm Vendors, Baked Goods, Various Sales
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Mellette County Street Market May 4th 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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Energize White River Meeting 5:30pm
5:30 am - 6:00 pm
Senior Citizens Potluck 12pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Mellette County Historical Society – Plant sale May 10 and 11th at the Museum Just before Mothers Day.
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Mellette County Historical Society – Plant sale May 10 and 11th at the Museum Just before Mothers Day. , ...
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Mellette County Historical Society – Plant sale May 10 and 11th at the Museum Just before Mothers Day.
12:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mellette County Historical Society – Plant sale May 10 and 11th at the Museum Just before Mothers Day. , ...
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Senior Citizens Pancakes 12pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Historical Society 1pm
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
High School Senior Honoring – 2pm Community Events Center
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Baccalaureate – 7pm – High School Multi-Purpose Room
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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High School Graduation – 3pm
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Senior Citizens Potluck 12pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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8th Grade Celebration and Academic Awards 2pm
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Senior Citizens Birthdays 2pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Ladies Aid Meeting 1:30pm
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