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Steamboat’s Incorporated is a family owned/operated business and over the
last two decades has transformed from a bait shop into an outdoor
recreational enthusiast’s paradise. In 1984 with the help of John (our
uncle) and Morris (our grandfather) Gilkerson Steamboat Bait & Tackle
Incorporated began. A few years later, Sam Gilkerson (our uncle) took over
for John Gilkerson when John left to begin a new venture at Sunset Lodge
north of Pierre. Currently, John now owns Dakota Septic and Dakota John’s.
Sam continued operating Steamboat with Morrie and Ruth Gilkerson (his
parents). Later Sam modified the business’s name to Steamboat Game & Fish
Inc, and quit the bait business to focus on wild game processing and guiding
walleye fisherman. In 2000, Caleb Gilkerson began operating Steamboat Game &
Fish Inc. Caleb added the canoe and kayaking known as Steamboat’s Dakota
Adventures. Sam Gilkerson presently works for the State of South Dakota
Dept. of Transportation as an engineer. Later, in 2005 Caleb bought Oahe
Skin and Scuba (now Steamboat’s Skin & Scuba) from K. Thomas Bowers. Tom
owned and operated Oahe Skin & Scuba for 30 years offering commercial
diving, scuba classes, and much more. In 2006 Josh Gilkerson became co-owner
with his brother Caleb. Together they renamed these different business’s
that could only co-exist in Pierre, South Dakota, to Steamboat’s Inc. For
marketing, they are known as Steamboat’s Game & Fish, Steamboat’s Skin &
Scuba, and Steamboat’s Dakota Adventures. In 2010 Sam Gilkerson and Ben
Gilkerson became co-owners with Caleb and Josh. Sam and Ben Gilkerson
bring new energy and ideas to the Steamboat's Inc. team.
Steamboat’s Inc. has been a family owned business for more than 20 years. We
currently have four mainly seasonal entities under Steamboat’s Inc.;
however, all four are open year round for our “Hard Core” Steamboat fans:
1. Steamboat’s Game & Fish
2. Steamboat’s Dakota Adventures
3. Steamboat’s Skin & Scuba
4. Steamboat’s Pac & Ship.