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.

Amenities

Onsite

  • 50 Amp Available
  • Tent Sites Available
  • Lake
  • River
  • Dump Station
  • Picnic Area
  • ADA Accessible
  • Pets Welcome
  • Rural Setting
  • Quiet Atmosphere
  • Family Park
  • Credit Crd Accepted

Nearby

  • Courtesy Dock
  • Horse Facility
  • Chapel Services

Recreation

Onsite

  • Beach
  • Playground
  • Biking - Road
  • Boating - Limited
  • Education Activity
  • Family Activity
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Outdoor Games
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife Viewing

Nearby

  • Boat Rentals
  • Gaming/Casino
  • Biking - Mountain
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating - Paddle
  • Boating
  • Entertainment
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Sailing/Windsurfing

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We LOVE Chief White Crane - it's always clean, kept up and fun - and beautiful as well.
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B&C
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Reviewed 07/30/2013
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Great Family Spot
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We spent a great mini-vacation in the Chief White Crane cabins. The best time was feeding the trout at the US Fish Hatchery in the park. We bought fish food in the Aquarium gift shop (which was also fun to see), and enjoyed watching our granddaughter create a feeding frenzy in the trout runs!
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Grandma
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Reviewed 07/18/2013
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CWC
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Our family stays at Chief White Crane a couple of times a year. We have not found a nicer campground outside of the Black Hills. Plenty to do in the area... Hiking, Biking, Boating, Fishing, Swimming, Go Karts, Laser Tag, Etc...
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KevinT7134
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Reviewed 07/10/2013
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Chief White Crane is ideal if you don't do a lot of water and boating activities. The beach is a long walk or a short drive across the way and is fairly busy. However, the campsites are huge compared to a lot of other parks which is ideal for those who are spending most of their time on site playing yard games.
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Happy Camper
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Reviewed 07/02/2013