Water Rights

Mobile-friendly search for South Dakota Water Well Completion Reports or use map-based search.

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I can't find the well completion report I am looking for... It is possible the legal description of the well provided to DENR is either incorrect or difficult to read or we made an honest mistake when entering the log into our database.  However, it may be that we never received a well completion report -- especially for older wells.  Prior to 1975 well drillers were not required to submit completion reports.  Even so, we do have many completion reports for wells much older than 1975. 

I found a mistake in a well completion report... If you do find a mistake or some other correction is needed, please contact the Water Rights Program at (605) 773-3352 or send an email and we will fix it.

I found the well completion report but I have a question... If you have a question about whether the well described on the completion report complies with the Well Construction Standards, then please contact the Water Rights program at (605) 773-3352 or email us. General questions about the well construction should be directed to the well driller listed on the report.

I am having problems getting the search to work... Please contact Ron Duvall at (605) 773-3352 or by email if the search is not working properly.  If using a web browser, such as Firefox or Chrome, you may want to try the search using Microsoft Internet Explorer. 

Search Tips

  • You may search using one or more of the search options.  Leaving search options blank or at their default value will NOT affect the results of your search.  However, using more than one search option helps narrow down your search results.  For example, searching for section "28" returns records found in all sections numbered 28 throughout South Dakota -- including a township and range number limits section 28 to that specific township/range. If you don't know the township/range, then including the county in your search will help narrow down the results as well.
  • If searching by legal description (section, township, range) does not locate the well you are searching for or you don't know the legal description, then try to search by name/business.  A name search can be for all or any part of either a first name, last name, or business name.  For example, "rex" (without quotes) will locate a record whether the first name is "Rex" or the last name is "Rexinger" or the business is "Rex ranch".  The search is not case sensitive so you can use UPPER or lowercase letters.  Remember -- a search by name/business pertains to ownership at the time the well was drilled.
  • After viewing your search results and deciding to change your search, you can review your previous search parameters by using the browser's "back" button to return to the search page.  Otherwise, you can immediately clear all of your search parameters and start over fresh by using the link called "Clear results and Search Again" at the bottom of the search results page.