About the Martin Area

Martin rests on U.S. Highway 18, 130 miles southeast of Rapid City. Surrounded by the tall prairie grasses of south central South Dakota, our heartland town of Martin has a population of 1,106 and serves a market area of approximately 8,000. The largest community in Bennett County and the county seat, Martin is the center for business, education and medical care.

 
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City Government

Mayor: Gary Rayhill
Finance Officer: Jean Kirk
City Attorney: Sara Frankenstein
President: Walter York
Vice President: Cecilia “Tootie” Moffitt

Council Members
Ward 1: Cecilia Moffitt, Chuck Gotheridge
Ward 2: Angie Hicks, Shirley McCue
Ward 3: Walter York

Get involved

It’s the people in our small town who make living here so special. We share a strong community spirit that comes from active civic involvement, volunteerism, and positive relationships between business, schools and government.

Community Organizations include:

Martin Area Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, 4-H, political committees, Masons, Eastern Star, Knights of Columbus, PEO, Boy Scouts, and summer youth programs


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Outdoor Recreation

Lacreek Wildlife Refuge

Located 12 miles southeast of Martin, S.D., the Lacreek Wildlife Refuge’s wet lands, wet meadows, and grasslands are home to a wide range of local wildlife.

The Refuge provides an excellent location for bird watching, photography, archery, hunting, fishing, walking trails, and environmental education.

Hunting and fishing

For decades, both locals and visitors enjoy Bennett County’s many hunting and fishing opportunities. Our area offers excellent opportunities for hunting antelope, mule and whitetail deer, ducks, pheasants and grouse. Many of the dams and lakes provide excellent bass fishing.

For more information and licenses visit the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website


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Wellness

Martin has a Fitness Center, a modern indoor swimming pool, bowling alley and lighted athletic fields, including a state-of-the-art all weather track facility the public can use.

Pool

The city of Martin has an indoor pool, making swimming possible year-round. The pool is  a great way to cool down or get in your exercise.

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BC Wellness Center

Bennett County has a newly updated weight equipment and fitness equipment to better our youth and others in the community. The space features treadmills, ellipticals, free weights, and more.

Want to learn more about the facility? Check out their Facebook Page.


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Golf:

Markota Acres features an affordable, 9-hole course right near town next to Brooks Memorial Park. The course features a driving range, and cart rentals are available.


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Entertainment:

Looking for something to do? The bowling alley, movie theater, and Public Library are all excellent things for you to check out in your free time.

In addition, Martin has two city parks, Brooks Memorial Park and Hodson Park. These beautiful parks offer visitors playground equipment, volley ball courts, horse shoe pits, basketball courts, baseball field, picnic shelters, and walking trails.

The Chamber also hosts a wide range of events through out the year. Check out our events page to learn more.


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Other Amenities

Education

The Bennett County School District has elementary, junior high and high school facilities at Martin serving approximately 525 students from Bennett County and the surrounding areas. Oglala Lakota College is a North Central Accredited, tribally-controlled college located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It has a dispersed, decentralized campus system which features college centers in each of the nine reservation districts. Degrees are offered at the associate, baccalaureate and masters levels.

Police & Fire

Martin has full-time police and volunteer fire fighters that keep the city safe.

 

 
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Worship

The city of Martin has a number of Christian churches that serve the community with the Gospel.

  • Lindsey Memorial (Presbyterian)

  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Roman Catholic)

  • Our Redeemer's (Lutheran)

  • St Katherine's (Episcopal)

 

Want to learn more about our community?

Download our Visitor's guide