5 Fantastic Campgrounds

It’s summertime and after the long winter, we are ready for a camping trip! Southeast South Dakota boasts some great camping areas. From quiet, historic settings to modern, busy campgrounds, we have it all. Here’s a list of five unique spots that will make your next camping trip memorable!

1. Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, Yankton
Nestled on the shores of Lewis and Clark Lake, six miles west of Yankton, Lewis and Clark Rec Area is one of the most popular campgrounds in the region and it’s easy to see why. Boasting the largest marina in the state, a restaurant within walking distance, and over 400 campsites, Lewis and Clark is like a home away from home. Camping at Lewis and Clark can be as simple as bringing your own tent or camper, or you can stay in a camping cabin. Or bring your horses and stay at one of the horse campsites, then enjoy a ride on the horse trails nearby. At Lewis and Clark Lake, you can swim at one of two beaches, bike or hike the trails that follow the water’s edge and lead up to scenic overlooks of the lake, go disc golfing, and of course, enjoy the water while fishing, boating, tubing, kayaking – the options goes on and on!

2. Ingalls Homestead, DeSmet
Have you ever wanted to experience life on the prairie and sleep in a covered wagon? You can at Ingalls Homestead in DeSmet! All sights are located on the land that Charles Ingalls homesteaded with his family. Enjoy the prairie and simplicity of life by staying in one of the covered wagons, the bunkhouse, or bringing your RV or tent. There are only a handful of spots available, so the prairie will never feel crowded. During your stay, be sure to explore the homestead and learn more about the Ingalls and their lifestyle by driving a pony cart, visiting a one-room schoolhouse, making a jump rope or corn cob doll, and more! Take a step back from the busyness of life and soak in the simplicity that Ingalls Homestead has to offer!

3. Palisades State Park, Garretson
Palisades State Park is perfect for the adventurer. The campground is situated near Split Rock Creek, which flows through the park. Sioux quartzite formations varying from shelves several feet above the waters of the creek to 50-foot vertical cliffs make it an ideal place for rock climbing. Scenic hiking trails also twist and turn through the quartzite formations. View the formations from another perspective as you kayak or canoe down Split Rock Creek. Other activities include sand volleyball, horseshoe, and fishing. The park also features several historic sites. When you stay at Palisades State Park, you’ll want to explore every nook and cranny!

4. Yogi Bear Camp Resort, Sioux Falls
Yogi Bear Camp Resort, near Sioux Falls, is a family favorite! Stay at one of the campsites with your tent or camper, or in one of the unique cabins. During the season, there are many activities to participate in, themed weekends, and visits from Yogi Bear! Hang out at the pool, rent a pedal or golf cart, enjoy the indoor theatre, play a round of mini golf, and more! The resort also allows day guests, which can make more fun for a family gathering or birthday party. Conveniences include a Laundromat and General Store to pick up camping supplies and souvenirs. When you stay at Yogi Bear, you are bound to have a wonderful time.

5. Historic Prairie Village, Madison
Relive the past while camping at the Historic Prairie Village, at Madison. When camping at the village, explore the forty buildings that have been restored, walk down a turn of the century Main Street, view the chapel car “Emmanuel,” take a ride on the train and the 100 year old carousel and more! There are special events throughout the season, including concerts, Railroad Days, Car Show, Bull Riding, and the Annual Steam Threshing Jamboree. The campground offers over 300 campsites with electricity and two shower houses. When you stay at the Prairie Village, you will be in awe of the history that surrounds you.

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