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Chief White Crane Recreation Area

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With its 146 campsites and ten camping cabins, Chief White Crane is a great place for groups to gather to spend the weekend. Combined with its own facilities and the features of the other two state parks nearby, Lewis & Clark and Pierson Ranch, visitors can take advantage of a wide variety of recreation opportunities.

Chief White Crane is one of the South Dakota state parks that offers the opportunity for visitors to see the majestic bald eagle.

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.

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Activities

  • Basketball
  • Basketball Checkout
  • Biking (on park roads)
  • Biking (on trails)
  • Birdwatching
  • Canoeing
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Checkout
  • Horseshoes
  • Kayaking
  • Lawn Game Checkout
  • Paddleboarding
  • Picnicking
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Walking (on park roads)
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Fees

  • Daily: $8 per vehicle
  • Annual: $36 first vehicle | $18 second vehicle (with coupon) | $80 transferable license

    Purchase Online

  • Campsites - electrical: $26 per night
  • Campsites - non-electrical: $22 per night
  • Camping Cabins: $55 per night
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Park Specs

Open: Year-round. Vehicle traffic prohibited Nov. 15 through the last Friday in March due to bald eagle nesting. Between Oct. 1 and April 30 water systems may be closed. Please contact the park directly for current status.

Park Size: 146 campsites and 10 camping cabins

Directions: 4 miles west of Yankton off SD Hwy 52, 2 miles south on Toe Road

Nearest Town: Yankton

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Make Reservations

Make reservation online or call 1.800.710.2267.

Contact Info

Chief White Crane Recreation Area
31323 Toe Road
Yankton, SD 57078
605.668.2985
Email: Lewis-Clark@state.sd.us
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Amenities

  • ADA/Accessible Features
  • Basketball Hoop(s)
  • Biking Trail(s)
  • Boat Ramp(s)
  • Campground(s)
  • Camping Cabin(s)
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electrical Campsite(s)
  • Fishing Pier(s)
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Hiking Trail(s)
  • Paved Trail(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground(s)
  • Self-serve Entrance Kiosk(s)
  • Shore Fishing Access
  • Showers
  • Tent-only Campsite(s)
  • Vault Toilets (open year-round)
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Park Rating


ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Cabin(s)
  • Campsite(s)
  • Fishing Pier(s)
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Paved Trail(s)
  • Playground(s)
  • Showers
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GPS Coordinates

GPS Coordinates
Latitude: 42.85125
Longitude: -97.46007
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