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French Creek Horse Camp (Equestrian use only)

French Creek Horse Camp

Only horse camp in Custer State Park

Located on the banks of French Creek, the French Creek Horse Camp is designed specifically for campers with horses. One corral comes with each campsite, and one additional corral is available to rent upon arrival at the campground.

Safety / Restrictions

Open fires are strictly prohibited.

Only one camping unit per site is allowed.

Safety

Be aware of the dangers of bison, rattlesnakes, and poison ivy. Bison are extremely dangerous. Do not feed horses at night. Be prepared for creek crossings, steep rocky climbs, and inclement weather.

Horse Tests

Horses must have a negative coggins test (swamp fever) within the last 12 months. ND, MT, NE has reciprocity.

Brand Inspections

SD law requires anyone transporting horses out of the ownership inspection area to have their horses inspected by a Brand Inspector. Contact: SD Brand Board 1.800.529.2333, visit their website for more information or see the campground host.

South Dakota State Brand Board
Weed Free Hay

Certified weed free hay or a complete horse feed is required. Start this feed three days prior to arrival. Refer to producer list for suppliers

Corrals

Keep your horse confinement area clean. Picketing and portable corrals are not allowed. Electric fence is permitted in a designated area.

Horses cannot be left unattended overnight.

Make a camping reservation

Activities

FishingHorse TrailsWildlife Viewing

Facilities / Services

Sanitation / Water

  • Dump Station
  • Flush toilets and showers
  • Vault Toilet
  • Drinking Water

Resort

Park Specs

* Reserved only for campers bringing their own horses

Maps

Campground Map
Horse Trails

Detailed topographic maps are also available for sale at the Peter Norbeck and Wildlife Station Visitor Centers (April-November).

Directions

Located near Blue Bell Lodge on North Lame Johnny Road.

GPS Coordinates
Lat: 43.713366
Long: -103.5

Area Attractions

Nearest Town

Custer: 15.5 miles
Rapid City: 46 miles
Hot Springs: 28 miles

Fees

Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round

Camping: