Skip to Main Content

Cowboy Rides a Giant Walleye.

Cowboy Rides Giant Walleye

Field review by the editors.

Mobridge, South Dakota

Sculpted by South Dakota artist John Lopez, unveiled July 2, 2018. The artwork's official name is "Walleye Up," a play on the term "cowboy up," meaning to master a difficult situation. It might refer to Lopez's ability to craft a piece of art that somehow successfully pays tribute to Mobridge's two very different claims to fame: ranching and fishing. More likely it refers to the life-size sculpted cowboy, who sneers in concentration as he rides the bucking monster fish clutching his "buck rein," the line attached to the hook in the giant Walleye's mouth. The sculpture is made out of Lopez's preferred medium of repurposed farm machinery junk, and is mounted on a metal pedestal that resembles a wave thrashed up by the angry fish.

Also see: Hugh Glass Bear Battle

Cowboy Rides Giant Walleye

Park Blvd, Mobridge, SD
South edge of downtown. In the median of Main St./Park Blvd just south of the train tracks.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Fool Soldiers MonumentFool Soldiers Monument, Mobridge, SD - < 1 mi.
Disputed Grave of Sitting BullDisputed Grave of Sitting Bull, Mobridge, SD - 3 mi.
Standing Rock: Do Not MoveStanding Rock: Do Not Move, Fort Yates, ND - 40 mi.
In the region:
Lawrence Welk Birthplace, Strasburg, ND - 44 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in South Dakota

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in South Dakota.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Save Cool Vacation Destinations! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

South Dakota Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Route 66 Experience: Metal Muffler Man, Springfield, Illinois (May 27-Jun 2, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings