GFP Hopes to Reopen Randall Creek Campground in Time for Memorial Day

February 14, 2020

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials say the campground at Randall Creek Recreation Area near Pickstown could be for ready for campers as early as mid-May.

The bridge leading into the campground is being replaced following flood damage last spring. The day-use area and boat ramp remained open and accessible to vehicles. However, with the bridge unusable, the campground has been closed since last March.

“We’re excited to get back into the campground, and we know our visitors are too,” said Jon Corey, District Park Supervisor. “The wet conditions and flooding hit everybody pretty hard last year. We’re all looking forward to a well-deserved summer of camping, fishing and roasting marshmallows.”

Corey says the bridge is expected to be completed by Memorial Day weekend, but the park isn’t ready to start taking reservations just yet.

“Normally, reservations open 90 days before arrival,” he said. “Reservations for mid-May arrivals start opening right about now, but we’re going to hold off opening them up just yet. We want the construction crew to get a good start, and we’ll evaluate in mid-March. That will allow us to make a better determination about May and June availability.”

Camping reservations at Randall Creek for arrivals before June 19 will open once a more solid completion date can be determined. Visitors can follow the construction project on the park’s Facebook page, To sign up for email notifications about reservations opening, contact


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