Camping in South Dakota
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.
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Camping reservations are available in most state park and recreation areas within 90 days of arrival.
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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 cancellation 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 reservations.gooutdoorssouthdakota.com.
- Reservations are highly recommended to secure a campsite. For summer weekend stays, most campsites and cabins are reserved within a week of reservations opening. Reservations open 90 days before arrival, except at Custer State Park, which accepts reservations one year before arrival. Campsites and camping cabins become available both online and through the call center at 7 a.m. CT / 6 a.m. MT on the first day reservations open. After the reservation window has opened, reservations can be made at any time.
- Camping fees must be paid when reservations are made. Credit card or gift cards are accepted. Only one payment is accepted for multiple-site reservations. A $2 non-refundable reservation fee is assessed to all phone reservations. A $7.70 per site, non-refundable reservation fee applies to non-residents.
- Cancellations can be made by accessing your account on the Go Outdoors reservation system or by calling 1.800.710.2267. See the Park Handbook for all change and cancellation policies.
- Cancellation fees are charged if:
- Cancelling a campsite within 7 days of the reservation - cancellation fee is one-half of one night of the camping fee.
- Cancelling a camping cabin within 30 days of the reservation - cancellation fee is one-half of one night of the rental fee.
- Cancelling a modern cabin or suite within 30 days of the reservation - cancellation fee is one-half of one night of the rental fee.
- Cancelling a lodge within 30 days of the reservation - cancellation fee is one-half of one night of the rental fee.
- Cancelling a campsite at French Creek Horse Camp in Custer State Park within 30 days of the reservation - cancellation fee is one-half of one night of the camping fee.
- The $2 reservation fee that is assessed to all phone reservations is non-refundable. The $7.70 per site, reservation fee that applies to non-residents is non-refundable.
- Picnic Shelter reservations can be made within 90 days of your arrival (except at Custer).
- Canopies - To reserve a 20 x 20 foot or 20 x 40 foot canopy for special events held at Newton Hills or Union Grove state parks call 605.987.2263.
- Pierson Ranch - Reserve the kitchenette shelter online at www.campsd.com or by calling 1.800.710.2267.
- Good Earth - Reserve the classrooms, picnic shelter and wedding events by calling 605.213.1036.
- Bear Butte State Park
- Burke Lake Recreation Area
- Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area
- Lake Louise Recreation Area
- Little Moreau Recreation Area
- North Wheeler Recreation Area
- Okobojo Point Recreation Area
A friendly face is generally waiting for you at South Dakota state parks. But if we're not at home, a self-registration station will allow you to pay all necessary fees.
Both entrance and camping fees can be paid through self-registration envelopes at these stations:
- Bear Butte
- Burke Lake
- Little Moreau
- North Wheeler
- Okobojo Point
- All Lakeside Use Areas
Simply remove an entrance license envelope or camping permit from the dispenser, complete the information, enclose the fee and drop it into the tube. Place your temporary license in the lower passenger-side corner of your windshield. It is your responsibility to pay these fees.
Burning restrictions may be enacted by the counties due to dry conditions. Learn more from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, Division of Wildland Fire.
State parks may also prohibit campfires in these areas. Please contact the individual park directly or go to their webpage for the most current information.
Do not bring out-of-state firewood into South Dakota.
Help slow the spread of Emerald Ash Borer into our state parks:
- Do not bring wood that has been within the quarantine area into any South Dakota state park unless it has a label affixed certifying it as emerald ash borer treated and safe to move.
- In parks located within the quarantine area, outside firewood must have a label affixed certifying it as emerald ash borer treated and safe to move.
- Firewood is available for purchase in the parks or from local stores outside the quarantine area.
- Smooth dimensional lumber scraps are acceptable if sized to fit within the firegrate. Wood containing nails, screws, or hardware - including rough and pallet lumber - cannot be brought into any state park area to be used as firewood.
- If you purchase firewood from a state park within the quarantine area, do not remove it from the park.
Thanks for doing your part to protect our parks from this destructive insect- one that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in at least 32 states.