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Description

With its more than 140 campsites and 10 camping cabins, Chief White Crane Recreation Area is a great place for groups to gather to spend the weekend. Combined with its own facilities and the features of the other two state parks nearby, Lewis & Clark and Pierson Ranch, visitors can take advantage of a wide variety of recreation opportunities.

Snug one-room cabins sleep four in a set of bunk beds and a double bed. Stay in comfort in a picturesque setting with heating, air conditioning and electricity. Dine outdoors using the picnic table and fire grate. Don't forget to bring bedding, cooking utensils and a cooler for food storage. Campers may choose from non-electrical and electrical sites, and for a few dollars more, upgrade to a waterfront site. Reservations may be made quickly and securely with the online system. Once at Chief White Crane Recreation Area, enjoy the park's amenities: picnic shelter, playground, comfort station with showers and flush toilets and game checkout.

Chief White Crane Recreation Area is one of the South Dakota state parks that offers the opportunity for visitors to see the majestic bald eagle. In South Dakota, many bald eagles spend their winters below the Missouri River dams where they are able to catch fish and prey on waterfowl attracted to the open water. They typically perch within 50 feet of the riverbank in tall cottonwood trees. The birds usually feed in the morning and rest in their roosting trees in the afternoon.

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Directions

5 miles W of Yankton, SD off SD 52
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Amenities

Onsite

  • 50 Amp Available
  • Accom Big Rigs
  • Tent Sites Available
  • Group Area
  • Lake
  • Forest Areas
  • Conven Store
  • Firewood Available
  • Dump Station
  • Picnic Area
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Courtesy Dock
  • ADA Accessible
  • Phone
  • Groups Welcome
  • Planned Activities
  • Clubs Welcome
  • Pets Welcome
  • Resort Atmosphere
  • Rural Setting
  • Quiet Atmosphere
  • Family Park
  • 24hr Courtesy Patrol
  • Open Year Round
  • Credit Crd Accepted
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Nearby

  • Internet Access
  • River
  • Laundry
  • Diner/Snack Bar
  • Gas
  • Propane
  • Fitness Equipmt
  • Horse Facility
  • Repair Services
  • Chapel Services
  • Resident Owned
  • Good Shopping
  • Monthly Rates
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Recreation

Onsite

  • Beach
  • Playground
  • Boat Ramp
  • Biking - Road
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating - Limited
  • Boating - Watercraft
  • Education Activity
  • Family Activity
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Outdoor Games
  • Planned Recreation
  • Scenic Driving
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Sports
  • Wildlife Viewing
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Nearby

  • Pool
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Gaming/Casino
  • Biking - Mountain
  • Billiards
  • Boating - Paddle
  • Boating
  • Entertainment
  • Golfing
  • Group Outings
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Sailing/Windsurfing
  • Tennis
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Guest Opinions are very important

Have you stayed at this campground? Share your experience.

A minusOverall Rating
11/01/2017

Great Stay

We usually stay in October since it is less busy. It is a great campground with a nice view and well kept grounds and bike trails. They sell wood at the main office, which is helpful and it is fairly inexpensive. All the workers were very nice and helpful. Would definitely recommend this campground.
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A minusOverall Rating
11/01/2017

Great stay again

I stayed the last weekend of snagging. The man and woman working in the park this weekend were some of the most friendly people that I've ever ran into a South Dakota State Park. I especially enjoyed this weekend because it was very quiet with only a handful of people in the park. Late fall camping is the best kept secret
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A minusOverall Rating
10/26/2017

Beautiful Place

We were all by ourselves - beautiful setting and fantastic facility
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A minusOverall Rating
10/22/2017

Fall Stay

Overall was a pretty good stay. Need to mow more often to keep the bugs under control. (Possibly spray) Generally this park is almost always full, why wont you consider putting more "Full Service" sights in, increase the sight fee for full service and I think you would be surprised what people would pay for that luxury. Also why are the lakeside pads not kept up better. They cost abit more, but for what reason except closer to water. If you pay for lakeside, you should be able to have a lakeside view. The weeds and volunteer trees should be taken care of. Most of this could be done by a weed eater. There are only a few spots that you can actually get to the water to fish. Landscaping your lake edges would be fantastic, and by that I mean mowing, weed eating, and adding some sand or dirt to make it approachable. This would be a pretty easy fix and could possibly generate a lot more revenue. You have the scenic sight, utilize it. There is a UNLIMITED amount of Poison Ivy and Poison Oak along the lake. Why not take care of this. Does Yankton not have a Noxious Weed Regulation? Am sure you have the equipment to get this accomplished. Just seems like if there is any manual labor, it just is not done. We have camped here for years and they used to weed eat around the lake, but that seems to have quit. Noticed outside resources are used for mowing etc. maybe have a few of these OFF the mowers doing some labor. Alot of the trees need dirt or bark put around them, as they are hazards with the roots on top, have tripped over several of these. Love the new fishing dock, see so many families utilizing it. Beautiful park, lets keep it that way or make it even better. Thank You.
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