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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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Activities

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

  • 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
  • Camping 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

Directions:

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
605.668.2985
Email: Lewis-Clark@state.sd.us
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Amenities

  • ADA/Accessible Features
  • Basketball Hoop(s)
  • Biking Trail(s)
  • Campground(s)
  • Camping Cabin(s)
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electrical Campsite(s)
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Hiking Trail(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground(s)
  • Shore Fishing Access
  • Showers
  • TRACK Trail(s)
  • Vault Toilets (open year-round)
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Park Rating


ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Cabin(s)
  • Campsite(s)
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground(s)
  • Showers
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GPS Coordinates

GPS Coordinates
Latitude: 42.87364
Longitude: -97.48217
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