SD: More campsites reopen at Missouri River parks following flood

PIERRE, SD – Several State Park campgrounds impacted by the
swollen Missouri River this summer are reopening facilities in time
for fall camping.

“Mother Nature dealt us a tough hand this summer and the
resulting park closures were disappointing,” said Doug Hofer,
director of South Dakota state parks. “Park personnel have been
working hard to restore services, and these openings come at a good
time. Fall is a great season to camp, and I’m glad that we’re able
to get some of the facilities back online.”

Officials announced the opening today of 31 campsites at Oahe
Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre. The sites are located
in Campground One and are in addition to 24 sites in Campground
Three that reopened Labor Day weekend. Electricity and
restrooms/showers are available. Campsites are available on a
first-come, first-served basis.

The group lodge at Oahe Downstream has also reopened.
Reservations can be made at or at

These are the latest openings in state parks that are restoring
camping opportunities in the wake of Missouri River flooding.

Farm Island Recreation Area, located two miles east of Pierre,
reopened the East Campground just before Labor Day weekend. Three
of the park’s camping cabins were temporarily relocated to the
campground and are open for reservations. The 17 campsites have
electricity, but the restrooms and showers are still closed.

Near Pickstown, Randall Creek Recreation Area has extended its
camping season until Oct. 10. Although not directly impacted by the
flood, the park is remaining open to accommodate fall campers who
would have been served by nearby North Point Recreation Area, which
remains closed. Randall Creek typically closes to camping Oct.

“Much work remains to be done in all of the parks that were
affected by the flooding,” said Hofer. “Crews will continue working
through the fall and winter to renovate and reopen all of the
facilities that were damaged by high water.”

The campsites at Oahe Downstream, Farm Island and Randall Creek
are now available on a first-come, first-served basis.


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