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How to Pick the Best Campsite Pierre SD

Having a wonderful camping experience is not completely out of your hands. A good stay at a campground starts with choosing the right campsite for your family. Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It's impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate.

South Dakota Dept of Game, Fish & Parks*
(800) 710-2267
523 East Capitol, Joe Foss Bldg
Pierre, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year

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West Bend SRA*
(605) 773-2885
1301 Farm Island Rd
Pierre, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Sports Field

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Holy Smoke Resort
(605) 666-4616
Keystone, SD
Campground Availability
1-May thru 15-Oct
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Golf Nearby, Local Tours, REC Open to Public

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Badlands NP (Cedar Pass)
(605) 433-5361
Interior, SD
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Big Sioux (SRA)*
(605) 582-7243
410 Park Ave
Brandon, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Fishing, Playground, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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La Framboise Island (SNA)*
(605) 773-2885
1301 Farm Island Rd
Pierre, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Farm Island SRA*
(605) 773-2885
1301 Farm Island Rd
Pierre, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, River Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Memorial Park Campground (City Park)
(605) 353-8533
Huron, SD
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pool, Lake Swimming, River Swimming, Wading Pool, Boating, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Putting Green, Mini Golf, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Pickerel Lake SRA*
(605) 486-4753
12980 - 446th Ave
Greenville, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Custer SP (Center Lake Campground)*
(605) 255-4515
13329 US Hwy 16 A
Custer, SD
Campground Availability
May 15-Sep 15
Services
Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails

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How to Pick the Best Campsite

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Camping Life Corner: How to Choose the Best Campsite




How to Pick the Best Campsite
Tips and tricks to help you get the best site for your money
By Stuart Bourdon

Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It's impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate. And the campground may not always offer many choices, depending upon its size and reservation level. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and enjoy. The good news—with proper planning, quick and accurate assessment in the field, and some flexibility, you should be able to find just the right spot in any campground.

Private and public campgrounds both have a place on the outdoor destination roster. Which you choose often has to do with your style of camping. Private campgrounds (KOA, Jellystone, etc.) offer a more controlled and manicured park-like atmosphere where the focus is often on activities (movie nights for kids) and recreational facilities (pools, etc.) inside the campground, and are more likely to have full RV-camping amenities (power, water, sewer hookups). Public campgrounds (state parks, national parks and forests, Army Corps of Engineers) tend to deliver a wilder, less controlled experience, and activity and recreation are typically more outdoor-oriented (trail hiking, fishing, boating), and are less likely to provide power and sewer hookups.

Either way, you can improve your chances of an enjoyable, rewarding stay by paying heed to some simple guidelines.

Plan Ahead When Choosing a Campground

An advanced reservation is suggested for any campground, public or private, and for many, it's a must. If you make your reservation online that's fine, it's convenient and almost all campgrounds—public and private—offer online reservations now. Before you do, though, make a point of contacting someone (forest ranger or park manager) by phone (best) or e-mail (second best) to ask questions about the lay of the land. Have a campground map (most have one online) and orient it so you know which direction is North, East, South and West.

When making considering a campground, think about whether it's down in a valley, on top of a ridge, or half-way in between. Campgrounds down in the bottom of deep canyons and valleys can be colder during the day (especially in the morning) because of the lack of sun, and can be damp and subject to ground fog. Ridge top sites can be more exposed to weather extremes and make for a cold blustery camp. Sometimes finding a spot in the middle is best. One that's also sheltered from the wind, but exposed to morning sun, would make it the perfect find in our book.

Ask questions such as: Which way does the prevailing wind blow? Does it chance direction from morning to evening? Where are the trees and other prominent fea...

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