Gavins Point Dam / Lewis and Clark Lake Yankton, SD
South Dakota (SD) camping offers a wide range of camping experiences from the Black Hills in the west to the Great Plains in the east.
Eastern South Dakota is defined by the Great Plains. Campers can enjoy field campsites where campfires seem perfect under the stars. Lake camping is also popular in this area, so pull up an RV or a camper, or just set up a tent and enjoy lake activities such as boating, canoeing, fishing, and swimming. The Missouri River offers plenty of riverside camping as well, and campers can enjoy a secluded site along the scenic river.
Head into Western South Dakota where the terrain completely changes with the Black Hills. Camp in the Black Hills National Forest and enjoy either primitive, wilderness tent sites way back in the woods, or more family-friendly campsites near the forest's many reservoirs and streams. Western South Dakota is a popular place to camp with campgrounds near Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. Badlands National Park is nearby as well, with campsites overlooking the picturesque scenery of the eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires. Don't forget to check out more urban camping opportunities near cities like Sioux Falls and Rapid City.
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