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Pierson Ranch Recreation Area

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Pierson Ranch opened in 1959 and is the oldest campground in the area. It was the first campground to be constructed after Gavins Point Dam was completed. Located between Chief White Crane and Lewis and Clark Recreation Areas, visitors can take advantage of a wide variety of recreation opportunities in all three parks.

Right off Highway 52, the park provides easy access to picnic shelters and campsites. In addition, the large day-use area serves as an excellent facility for hosting family reunions and large group picnics.

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  • Basketball
  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
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  • Daily: $8 per vehicle
  • Annual: $36 first vehicle | $18 for second vehicle | $80 transferable license
  • Campsites - electrical: $26 per night
  • Campsites - non-electrical: $22 per night
  • Cabins: $55 per night
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Park Specs

Open: Year-round. Between Oct. 1 and April 30, showers, flush toilets and other water systems may be closed. Please contact the park directly for current status. Vault toilets usually remain open.

Park Size: 67 campsites, 2 cabins (each sleeps 4 people) and 1 kitchenette picnic shelter available to rent for $50


4 miles W of Yankton off SD Hwy 52  

Nearest Town: Yankton

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Make Reservations

Make reservation online or call 1.800.710.2267.

Contact Info

Pierson Ranch Recreation Area
31144 Toe Road
Yankton, SD 57078
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  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Vault toilets
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Park Rating

ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Cabins
  • Camping Site
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnic Shelter
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GPS Coordinates

GPS Coordinates
Latitude: 42.87364
Longitude: -97.48217
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