Created in 1862, Charles Mix county was formally organized in 1879. Most distant of the counties in our region, Wagner (57 minutes to Yankton) is the only sizable town within an hour drive of Yankton. Other towns include Geddes (88 minutes), Lake Andes (74 minutes), Pickstown (70 minutes), and Platte (103 minutes). Charles Mix county is home to Lakota Sioux as well as the descendants of immigrants who came to the Midwest seeking a better life. Charles Mix borders the Missouri River to the south and Bon Homme county to the East. A large dam at Pickstown generates both electricity and jobs for the region. Agriculture is yet another important industry. Outdoor recreation is available at Pease Creek Recreation Area, North Point State Recreation Area, and the Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge.
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