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Pierson Ranch Recreation Area

Pierson Ranch

Right off Highway 52, the park provides easy access to picnic shelters and campsites. In addition, the large day-use area serves as an excellent facility for hosting family reunions and large group picnics.


Pierson Ranch opened in 1959 and is the oldest campground in the area. It was the first campground to be constructed after Gavins Point Dam was completed. Located between Chief White Crane and Lewis and Clark Recreation Areas, visitors can take advantage of a wide variety of recreation opportunities in all three parks.

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DOT Road Report

Pierson Ranch Recreation Area

31144 Toe Road
Yankton, SD 57078

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 42.873642
Long: -97.482167

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Facilities / Services

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

  • Tennis/Pickel Ball Court
  • Kitchenette picnic shelter available to rent for $50

ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Sites (9E)
  • Camping Cabins (C2)
  • Picnic shelters
  • Hiking/biking trail connects to Lewis and Clark Recreation Area and the city of Yankton

Park Specs


Southeastern South Dakota: 4 miles W of Yankton off SD Hwy 52 


Location Map
Campground map
Trail map and guide
Walking map
Disc golf course map

Area Attractions

Nearest Town



Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round


Camping Cabins: