Warm Weather Allows Facilities to Open at South Dakota's State Parks

PIERRE, S.D. – The unseasonably warm spring is keeping state park campgrounds in South Dakota busier than normal and has allowed showers and flush toilets to be operational ahead of schedule to meet the demand.
“When the weather cooperates, spring is a great time to camp at state parks,” said State Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer. “There are plenty of campsites available, and no reservations are needed.”

At least one shower house is open in each of the following parks:

  • Angostura Recreation Area near Hot Springs
  • Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon
  • Buryanek Recreation Area near Platte
  • Custer State Park near Custer
  • Chief White Crane Recreation Area near Yankton
  • Cow Creek Recreation Area north of Pierre
  • Lake Louise Recreation Area near Miller
  • Lake Poinsett Recreation Area near Arlington
  • Lake Vermillion Recreation Area near Canistota
  • Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton
  • Newton Hills State Park near Canton
  • Oakwood Lakes State Park near Bruce
  • Palisades State Park near Garretson
  • Pickerel Lake Recreation area near Waubay
  • Pierson Ranch Recreation Area near Yankton
  • Shadehill Recreation Area near Lemmon
  • Snake Creek Recreation Area near Platte
  • West Bend Recreation Area east of Pierre
  • West Whitlock Recreation Area near Gettysburg

Camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis until May 18, when sites can be reserved. Camping reservations can be made online 90 days prior to arrival at www.campsd.com or by calling 1-800-710-2267.

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