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Camping in South Dakota

COVID-19 Update: The parks are open. Camping and modern lodging reservations are ongoing. Please consult our COVID-19 information page for the most current information before your arrival. 

Over 50 state parks and recreation areas offer camping in South Dakota. Comfort stations close down during the winter months, but camping is welcome year-round in most parks as some are closed due to eagle nesting.

Purchase a Park Entrance License  | 1.800.710.CAMP (2267)

90 Day Reservation Calendar

Camping reservations are available in most state park and recreation areas within 90 days.

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Interactive Campground Maps

Use the interactive campground maps on your computer or mobile device to search, explore, and find your way around the parks. 

  • Move the map - To see more details on the map, zoom in or out through several levels, from park to campgrounds to campsites. On your touch screen device, you can use gestures like pinch, drag, rotate and zoom to quickly move through the map.
  • Explore the map - Click pin icons on the map to get more details, or to quickly zoom in to the next level. 
  • Pick your view - Switch the basemap to show campsites in relation to roadways or natural features like shoreline or tree cover. 
  • See search results - You'll see search results as pins to indicate sites that fit your criteria. To see more information or make a reservation, click or tap any pin. 
  • Printable versions – Want a static campground map you can print? PDF maps are still available on each park’s individual webpage. 

Top 10 Things to Remember When Making a Reservation

  • Make sure to download the newest version of your internet browser.
  • Create an account before you want to reserve a campsite.
  • Log into your account to save time as it saves your preferences.
  • Reservations open 90 days from the day you want to arrive except at Custer which is one year in advance.
  • You can find parks with openings by using the search availability feature - simply put in your dates and search.
  • Make sure to include the length and width of your camper to make sure it will fit on the site.
  • Find your site on the map by using the map tab or look to see when your favorite site will be open by using the site availability grid tab.
  • After a reservation is made, a cancelation fee applies to each site.
  • You can transfer or move your site for free as long as you keep the same number of days.
  • Save money by making your reservation online at

When to Reserve
Cancelling a Reservation 
Others Facilities and Accommodation Reservations
Self Registration
Campfire Status
Firewood Alert