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RV Bird Watching Rapid City SD

RV bird watchers across North America are noticing mallards. Here's where to start RV bird watching on your next RV trip. Beyond the mythologies of specific native tribes, today, people from all walks of life continue to marvel at the color and natural artistry melded in the plumage of male mallards (drakes). From Central Park in the heart of New York City to tiny ponds and prairie potholes in the hinterlands of North Dakota, springtime finds human observers enthralled with the sight of courting mallards.

Happy Holiday Resort
(605) 342-7365
Rapid City, SD
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Hot Tub, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Local Tours

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Mystery Mountain Resort*
(800) 658-CAMP
13752 S Hwy 16
Rapid City, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Hot Tub, Playground, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Local Tours

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Lake Park Campground and Cottages
(800) 644-2267
Rapid City, SD
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Escort to Site, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Ice, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Stream Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Rushmore Shadows Resort*
(800) 231-0425
23680 Busted Five Ct
Rapid City, SD
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 15
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Pool, Hot Tub, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Local Tours

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MILITARY PARK (Ellsworth AFB FAMCAMP)
(605) 385-2997
Rapid City, SD
Campground Availability
15-May thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pool, Playground

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Hart Ranch RV Resort*
(800) 605-4278
23756 Arena Dr
Rapid City, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Hot Tub, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Vol

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Tee Pee Campground
(605) 343-6319
Rapid City, SD
Campground Availability
15-May thru 30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby, Local Tours

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Whispering Pines Campground & Lodging
(605) 341-3667
Rapid City, SD
Campground Availability
1-May thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Three Flags RV Park
(800) 888-0612
Black Hawk, SD
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Ice, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Local Tours

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Lazy J RV Park & Campground
(605) 342-2751
Rapid City, SD
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Laundry, Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Play Equipment, Golf Nearby, Local Tours

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RV Birdwatching for Your Next RV Trip

Mallards - The Uncommonly Common Duck


Wildlife Feature: Mallards
The uncommonly common duck From the pages of Camping Life Magazine

According to Crow Indian legend, before there was land or trees or mammals, the world consisted of an enormous sea. On this sea paddled ducks, the only animals in the world. One day, Old Man came to the ducks, informing them that there was earth on the bottom of the ocean. Four ducks dove to the depths at his command. When they popped to the surface, one of them presented him a bit of mud wedged between its webbed toes. From this bit of soil, Old Man created the continents that were subsequently occupied by other birds and mammals and the Crows themselves. Many early peoples caught ducks for use as a food source, but just as many prized the duck, especially the mallard, for its beautiful plumage.

Beyond the mythologies of specific native tribes, today, people from all walks of life continue to marvel at the color and natural artistry melded in the plumage of male mallards (drakes). From Central Park in the heart of New York City to tiny ponds and prairie potholes in the hinterlands of North Dakota, springtime finds human observers enthralled with the sight of courting mallards. Oblivious to the world, a green-headed drake bobs his head up and down before a likely female. If the head-bob fails to impress his audience, the suitor may dip his bright, yellow-green bill into the water then raise it above his head to send sparkling droplets of water splashing back to the surface. He may also rear backward in the water, displaying the burnished chestnut hues of his breast to his potential mate.

MOST COLORFUL

With the exception of the wood duck drake, male mallards are considered by many to be the most colorful ducks of North America. In contrast to the brilliantly arrayed but relatively uncommon wood duck, though, mallards seem to be everywhere. Due to their uncanny ability to adapt to human civilization and benefit from agricultural activities, mallards are not only the most common duck in the United States, but the most widespread duck in the entire world.

Although most species of ducks are superficially similar in shape and general appearance, different species are often categorized by the manner in which they forage. Diving ducks use their powerful feet to propel themselves to the depths of lakes, ponds and streams where they glean insects and vegetation from the bottom. Mallards, on the other hand, are among the several species known as dabblers. Dabbling ducks don't normally dive, but are often seen tipped bottom-side up, with their heads submerged. Under the surface, their bills probe for vegetation or click shut on swimming bugs. Dabbling ducks will also paddle along in groups, snatching hatching insects from on top of the water.

To facilitate their feeding, the bills of mallards possess some specialized characteristics. Both the yellow-gre...

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