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Randall Creek Recreation Area

Randall Creek

Randall Creek Recreation Area is located on the banks of the Missouri River, downstream from Fort Randall Dam. Spend hours peacefully watching the water flow, observing the animals and birds that frequent the area, and enjoying he breathtaking beauty of the surrounding shoreline.

The US Army Corps of Engineers began building the dam in 1946 and started generating electricity in 1954.

Eagle Viewing

Randall Creek is one of the South Dakota state parks that offers the opportunity for visitors to see the majestic bald eagle. The eagle roost area in the park is a designated National Natural Landmark.

In South Dakota, many bald eagles spend their winters below the Missouri River dams where they are able to catch fish and prey on waterfowl attracted to the open water.

They typically perch within 50 feet of the riverbank in tall cottonwood trees. The birds usually feed in the morning and rest in their roosting trees in the afternoon.

Bald eagles will abandon their roosts if disturbed by humans. For this reason, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks prohibits motorized traffic in state recreation areas with winter bald eagle roosts. Walkers and cross-country skiers are allowed in these areas but must refrain from disturbing roosting bald eagles.

Restrictions / Safety

DOT Road Report

Randall Creek Recreation Area

136 Randall Creek Road
Pickstown, SD 57367
605.487.7046
Email: RandallCreek@state.sd.us

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 43.051021
Long: -98.555139

Make a camping reservation

Activities

BasketballBirdwatchingBoatingCampingCanoeing/KayakingDisc GolfFishingGolfHistorical interestHorseshoesVolleyball

Lodging Info

Facilities / Services

  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing Dock
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game Checkout
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Vault toilets

Fishing

Fishing and Boating Access Map

Fishing license required

  • Walleye
  • Northern Pike
  • Bass
  • Catfish

ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Sites (24E, 26E, 49E)
  • Camping Cabins (A, B)
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Fishing Dock

 

Park Specs

  • Reservations: www.campsd.com or 1.800.710.2267
    • Campsites and Cabins: Available 90 days prior to arrival.
  • Open: Year-round, vehicle traffic and camping prohibited in campgrounds Oct. 1 through April 30 due to bald eagle roosting
  • Size: 2 campgrounds with 132 campsites and 4 cabins (each sleeps 4 people)

Directions

Southeastern South Dakota: 1 mile west of Pickstown off US Hwy 281, below Fort Randall Dam on the west side

Maps

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

Area Attractions

Nearest Town

Pickstown

Fees

Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round

  • Temporary: Daily license $4 per person or $6 per vehicle
  • Annual: $30 first vehicle | $15 for second vehicle | $65 transferable license

Campsites:

  • $19 (all sites electrical)

Camping Cabins:

  • $40/night