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West Whitlock Recreation Area

West Whitlock

A popular campsite for the Arikara and Mandan people in the past, West Whitlock now draws modern-day campers and fishermen to its shores. When the area became a park, it was named for Mrs. J.F. Whitlock, whose pioneering family once owned the land. Whitlock Crossing was the name given to a small settlement that operated a ferry across the river near the area.


The replica of an Arikara earth lodge found in the park is a reminder of the many lodges that the Lewis and Clark expedition saw as they traveled this area. Each lodge, made of cottonwood logs, willow branches and grass, could house up to 20 people. The Arikara people were farmers and grew crops such as corn, beans, squash, sunflowers and tobacco.

Restrictions / Safety

West Whitlock Recreation ARea

16157 West Whitlock Road, Ste. A
Gettysburg, SD 57442

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 45.048094
Long: -100.26607


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Lodging Info

Facilities / Services

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Canoe/kayak rentals
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Paddleboard rentals
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Snowshoe checkout
  • Vault toilets
  • Wi-Fi


Fishing License Required

  • Walleye
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • White Bass
  • Sauger
  • Chinook Salmon
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Boat ramp status

ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Sites (31E)
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Showers



Park Specs


North central South Dakota: 18 miles west of Gettysburg off US Hwy 212


Location Map
Campground Map
Trail map and guide
Walking map

Area Attractions

Nearest Town



Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round


Camping Cabins: