The Best South Dakota Camping | Guide To Campgrounds in South Dakota

South Dakota Camping

South Dakota residents love their state parks, and for good reasons. Many of the parks and campgrounds are situated around or on lakes, streams, and rivers. There’s an abundance of wildlife in the state, as well as mature hardwood trees shading the campgrounds and trails. Outdoor activities go on year round, including skiing, ice fishing, and hunting. It’s a nature lover’s paradise. South Dakota camping is one of the most popular activities in the state with all the campgrounds below listed at 90% capacity every weekend.

From hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, boating, or just relaxing around a campfire, there’s a campground, park, or recreational area for everyone. If you’re not sure where you want to go, check out the state’s official park and campground site.

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Angostura Recreation Area – South Dakota Camping

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Angostura Recreation Area

13157 N. Angostura Road

Hot Springs, SD 57747

Phone: (605) 745-6996

Email: Angostura@state.sd.us

The Angostura Recreation Area has four campgrounds with 169 campsites and 12 cabins (each cabin sleeps four or five people). Angostura is a water-lover’s paradise with crystal clear waters, 36 miles of shoreline, and some of the finest sandy beaches in the state. It’s known for its walleye, smallmouth bass, crappie, and also supports northern pike, largemouth bass, perch and bluegill.

Amenities:

  • Beach
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Canoe/kayak rentals
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Fishing dock
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Marina
  • Paddleboard rentals
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Resort
  • Vault toilets
  • Visitor Center

Big Sioux Recreation Area – South Dakota Camping

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410 West Park Street

Brandon, SD 57005

Phone: (605) 582-7243

Email: BigSioux@state.sd.us

If you love water, you’ll love Big Sioux Recreation Area. With 49 campsites and three cabins (each sleeps four people), the recreation area is on the banks of South Dakota’s Big Sioux River. Close to the cities of Brandon and Sioux Falls, Big Sioux is popular among campers, canoers, bicyclists, hikers, disc golfers, history buffs and archers.

Amenities:

  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Snowshoe checkout
  • Vault toilets
  • Warming shelter

Buryanek Recreation Area – South Dakota Camping

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27450 Buryanek Road

Burke, SD 57523

Phone: (605) 223-2587

Email: SnakeCreek@state.sd.us

Buryanek Recreation Area is popular with boaters and anglers, as well those looking for scenic beauty along the Missouri River. History buffs will enjoy knowing that the Lewis and Clark expedition traveled through the area. The park is open year round, and has 44 campsites and three cabins (each sleeps four people)

Amenities:

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Vault toilets

Chief White Crane Recreation Area – South Dakota Camping

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31323 Toe Road

Yankton, SD 57078

Phone: (605) 668-2985

Email: Lewis-Clark@state.sd.us

This is one of the state parks where visitors can see bald eagles. In fact, from November through the end of March vehicle traffic in the area is restricted due to the Bald Eagle nesting season.

With its 146 campsites and ten camping cabins, Chief White Crane is a great place for groups to gather to spend the weekend. Combined with its own facilities and the features of the other two state parks nearby, Lewis & Clark and Pierson Ranch, visitors can take advantage of a wide variety of recreation opportunities.

Amenities:

  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Vault toilets

 

Fischer Grove State Park – South Dakota Camping

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Fisher Grove State Park

17290 Fishers Lane

Frankfort, SD 57440

Phone: (605) 626-3488

Email: MinaLake@state.sd.us

Located four miles east of Pierre off of SD Highway 34, Farm Island attracts all types of visitors – campers, swimmers, hikers, anglers, bird watchers and bicyclists. Because of the easy access to Lake Sharpe and popular beaches and trails, this park stays busy throughout the year. The park also has ties to the Lewis and Clark expedition. Visitors interested in learning more can tour the Lewis and Clark family center.

There is an island nature area, which provides an outdoor classroom for visitors, and eight miles of hiking trails wind through the island and give hikers, walkers, cross-country skiers and bicyclists a chance for peace, quiet and nature observation.

Amenities:

  • Beach
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Canoe/kayak rentals
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Fishing dock
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Paddleboard rentals
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Snowshoe checkout
  • Visitor Center
  • Warming shelter
  • Wi-Fi

Fort Sisseton Historic State Park – South Dakota Camping

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11907 434th Avenue

Lake City, SD 57247

Phone: (605) 448-5474

Email: FortSisseton@state.sd.us

Named after the nearby Sisseton Indian Tribe, this historic fort is now a picturesque state park that unfolds the area’s past.  Visitors can walk the grounds where the officers’ quarters, stone barracks, powder magazine, guard house, and other buildings that remain from the time of the western frontier.

Originally a fort for an 1864 frontier army this outpost was called Fort Wadsworth.  The site was chosen because it provided a strong natural defense, an ample supply of lime and clay for making bricks, an abundance of lake water for drinking and a thick stand of trees for timber and fuel.

Campers can enjoy 14 campsites, some with electricity, and three cabins (each cabin sleeps six people). The campground is 10 miles southwest of Lake City off US Highway 10. Eden is a bit closer, only eight miles.

Amenities:

  • Canoe/kayak rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Visitors center
  • Annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival
  • Drinking water
  • Event tent rentals
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Snowshoe checkout
  • Visitor Center

 

Hartford Beach State Park – South Dakota Camping

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13672 Hartford Beach Road

Corona, SD 57227

Phone: (605) 432-6374

Email: Hartford@state.sd.us

Located in a native wooded forest, this campground is open year round. Hartford Beach State Park is located near Corona, 15 miles north of Milbank off SD Highway 15. With 87 campsites and four cabins (each cabin sleeps four people) there’s plenty of room for fishing, hiking, and relaxing. Big Stone Lake provides the setting for this popular camping and picnic area.

Runoff from melting glaciers 10,000 years ago created the river Warren. A section of the river is known today as Big Stone Lake. Rugged rock-strewn bluffs and scenic timbered shorelines surround Hartford Beach. 

Amenities:

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Canoe/kayak rentals
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Paddleboard rentals
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Vault toilets
  • Warming shelter

Lake Cochrane Recreation Area – South Dakota Camping

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3454 Edgewater Drive

Gary, SD 57237

Phone: (605) 882-5200

Email: LakeCochrane@state.sd.us

Nestled between Lake Cochrane and Lake Oliver is an 88-acre playground for campers, anglers, boaters and those who simply enjoy the outdoors. The spring-fed lake and the great camping, fishing, and outdoor activities are what bring people to this area. The lake was named for the area’s first homesteader, Byron J. Cochrane, who settled on the south side of the lake in 1872. The area’s rich farmlands and attractive setting soon attracted other homesteaders.

Now a campground, the park has 30 campsites and 1 cabin (each cabin sleeps four people)

Amenities:

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Camping cabins
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Vault toilets

 

Lake Herman State Park – South Dakota Camping

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Lake Herman State Park

23409 State Park Drive

Madison, SD 57042

Phone: (605) 256-5003

Email: LakeHerman@state.sd.us

Lake Herman has been a popular campsite for hundreds of years. Before white settlers entered the region, it was popular among Native Americans traveling to nearby Pipestone quarries.

Located near the town of Madison, the campground is two miles west of the town off SD Hwy 34. There are 72 campsites, some with electric, and two rental cabins (each sleeps four people) at the campground. There are ADA accessible sites as well.

Amenities:

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Canoe/kayak rentals
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fishing dock
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Paddleboard rentals
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Ski beach
  • Vault toilets

Lake Louise Recreation Area – South Dakota Camping

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35250 191st Street

Miller, SD 57362

Phone: (605) 853-2533

Email: LakeLouise@state.sd.us

When the south fork of Wolf Creek was dammed in 1932, Lake Louise was created. It’s not a deep lake. The average water depth is only nine feet, with some deeper holds that are 25 feet. It makes it a perfect lake for fishing and for hunting. The park is located in the heart of pheasant and duck country and is open year round. The nearest town is Miller – and the campground is just 14 miles northwest, off of US Hwy 14.

There are 39 campsites, some with electric, and two cabins (each cabin sleeps four people).

Amenities:

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Fishing dock
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Game checkout
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Vault toilets

 

Lake Poinsett Recreation Area – South Dakota Camping

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45617 South Poinsett Recreation Area

Arlington, SD 57212

Phone: (605) 983-5085

Email: LakePoinsett@state.sd.us

Lake Poinsett was named after U.S. Secretary of War Joel Poinsett. Open year round, it’s one of the largest lakes in the state, and one of the most popular camping destinations as it has two campgrounds with a combined 114 campsites, some with electric, and four cabins (two of the cabins sleep four people; two sleep five people). The recreation area is 14 miles northeast of Arlington off US Hwy 81—close enough for a weekend trip, or a day trip to hunt, boat, fish, or hike.

Amenities:

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Ski beach
  • Vault toilets
  • Visitor Center

Lake Thompson Recreation Area – South Dakota Camping

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21176 Flood Club Road

Lake Preston, SD 57249

Phone: (605) 847-4893

Email: LakeThompson@state.sd.us

Open year-round this campground has 103 campsites, some with electric, showers and flush toilets as well as vault toilets too. There are five rental cabins (four cabins sleep four people each, 1 sleeps 5 people). Just six miles southwest of Lake Preston off of US Hwy 14, it’s close to stores and restaurants in town, but far enough away to feel secluded and like a true wilderness experience.  There’s a beach, boat ramp and fish cleaning stations too. If you don’t have a fishing pole, you can check one out.

Amenities:

  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Game checkout
  • Lodge
  • Playground
  • Ski beach
  • Vault toilets

 

Lake Vermillion Recreation Area – South Dakota Camping

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26140 451st Ave.

Canistota, SD 57012

Phone: (605) 296-3643

Email: LakeVermillion@state.sd.us

Lake Vermillion Recreation Area is a popular area with fishermen, boaters and swimmers. This 512-acre reservoir is located 27 miles west of Sioux Falls. During the fall, sportsmen can find waterfowl and upland game within minutes from the park. The park is open year round and has three campgrounds with 94 campsites and seven cabins (each cabin sleeps four people).

Located five miles south of I-90, Exit 374, in Canistota.

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Fishing dock
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Paddleboard rentals
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Ski beach
  • Vault toilets

Lewis & Clark Recreation Area – South Dakota Camping

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43349 SD Hwy 52

Yankton, SD 57078

Phone: (605) 668-2985

Email: lewis-clark@state.sd.us

Not only is this one of the largest campgrounds in the area—409 paved campsites and 19 rental camping cabins—it’s one of the most popular. There are electric hookups, modern restrooms with hot showers and flushing toilets, and there are accessible sites and cabins as well. If you want to bring your horse, there is an equestrian base camp with 8 electric sites and corrals (horses not provided by park).

 Amenities:

  • Weekend park programs
  • Swimming beaches and boater beaches
  • Boat ramps and docks
  • Archery range
  • 6 miles of Bike Trail
  • 2 mile Nature Trail
  • 1 mile multi-use trail
  • Picnic shelters and grills
  • Dump stations
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Disc Golf Course

 

Mina Lake Recreation Area – South Dakota Camping

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402 Park Avenue

Mina, SD 57451

Phone: (605) 626-3488

Email: MinaLake@state.sd.us

Who knew South Dakota had so many lakes? And Mina Lake is one of the earliest, oldest lakes in the state. Its beginning dates back to the 1930s, when area residents sought relief from years of drought. Campers, anglers, hunters and picnickers still enjoy the lake and the relief it offers. Nestled along the wooded shores of Mina Lake, Mina Recreation Area are 38 campsites, some with electric, and one rental cabin (sleeps four people) and one lodge (sleeps 8 people). It’s just 12 miles west of Aberdeen off of US Hwy 12.

Amenities:

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Fishing dock
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Lodge
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Vault toilets

In 1934, the Mina Dam was completed and the lake was named Shake Maza, a Lakota word for “shaped like a horseshoe.” The name never quite caught-on, however, and it was later renamed in honor of a railroad president’s daughter.

Pickerel Lake Recreation Area – South Dakota Camping

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12980 446th Avenue

Grenville, SD 57239

Phone: (605) 486-4753

Email: PickerelLake@state.sd.us

The 955-acre lake bears an American Indian name meaning “where you spear long fish.” Renowned for its cool, spring-fed waters, Pickerel Lake is one of the deepest natural lakes in the state. Excursion boats around the lake were common until the early 1900’s. A fish hatchery was built in 1929 and abandoned in 1979, when a new facility was built at Blue Dog Lake. There’s still plenty to see and do at Pickerel Lake.

There are two campgrounds with a total of 69 campsites, some with electric sites, and seven cabins (each cabin sleeps four or five people). It’s located 10 miles north of Waubay off US Hwy 12.

 

Rocky Point Recreation Area – South Dakota Camping

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18513 Fisherman’s Road

Belle Fourche, SD 57717

Phone: (605) 641-0023

Email: RockyPoint@state.sd.us

At the time of its completion, Orman Dam was the largest earthen dam in the world. In 1989, Orman Dam was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Rocky Point Recreation Area is located on the 8,000-acre Belle Fourche Reservoir. The reservoir was created in 1911, when Orman Dam was constructed to store water for agricultural use.

Open year round, the area has 62 campsites, some with electric sites. Located just eight miles east of Belle Fourche off SD Hwy 212.

Amenities:

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Dog park
  • Dump station
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Vault toilets

Springfield Recreation Area – South Dakota Camping

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1412 Boat Basin Drive

Springfield, SD 57062

Phone: (605) 668-2985

Email: SpringfieldRec@state.sd.us

Springfield Recreation Area is nestled along the shore with breathtaking views of the Missouri River. Next to the park, and overlooking the river, is a beautiful nine-hole golf course, and a bike trail connects the park to the town of Springfield. It’s a great area for campers who want to enjoy both nature, and all the town of Springfield has to offer. A small campground, with only 20 campsites and two rental cabins (each cabin sleeps four people), but a popular one that’s filled most weekends. It’s located one mile east of Springfield off SD Hwy 37.

Amenities:

  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Fishing dock
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Vault toilets

 

Union Grove State Park – South Dakota Camping

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30828 471st Avenue

Beresford, SD 57004

Phone: (605) 987-2263

Email: NewtonHills@state.sd.us

Union Grove State Park began when the Brule Creek was dammed to create a small lake. The lake has since filled with silt and the dam was removed. The land was leased to the State of South Dakota in 1946. Horseback riders, hikers, bikers and cross-country skiers enjoy several miles of trail through the forest along Brule Creek. Campers enjoy the quiet of 25 well-shaded campsites, including four horse campsites. Located just 11 miles south of Beresford off I-29, Exit 38, it’s a popular day use area for many Beresford residents as well as many tourists.

The multi-use trails are ideal for horses and mountain bikes and span up to 4.3 miles. The hiking trail is foot traffic only and is 1.2 miles.

Amenities:

  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Hunting of all types of game October 1 until April 30th during hunting season
  • Game checkout
  • Horse camp
  • Picnic Tables
  • Vault toilets

West Bend Recreation Area – South Dakota Camping

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22154 West Bend Road

Harrold, SD 57536

Phone: (605) 773-2885

Email: WestBend@state.sd.us

West Bend Recreation Area is one of the SD State Parks along the Lewis and Clark Trail and a destination campground and marina for history buffs. Open year round the park has 120 campsites, some of them electric, and four rental cabins (each cabin sleeps four people). It’s a reasonable drive from the closet town of Harrold—about 35 miles southeast of Pierre off of SD Highway 34.

The lake level is relatively stable, and the water remains cool, conditions which produce excellent walleye and smallmouth bass fishing. Most of the fishing on the lake is done from boats, but the protected marina offers convenient boat launching, regardless of the wind direction. In the autumn, hunters use this as a base camp to hunt pheasants and Canada geese.

Amenities:

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Ski beach
  • Vault toilets
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