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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My wife and I camped chief white Crayne in May 2015 with our dog. Although the park is small, it was very charming and we had numerous conversations with other campers who were on a weekend get away so the atmosphere was nice. There isn't much for hiking but there is a nice swimming area and near by boat launch to the river. Would go again for a quick weekend if a bigger park wasn't available (my wife and I are hikers). Overall nice place, just wish it had more hiking.
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PopupClipper
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Reviewed 06/21/2015
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We rented a camper cabin and it was more than we expected for a very reasonable price. Bathrooms and showers were very clean, much better than average. Fishing was poor but will improve with time due to recent fish removal which resulted in very clear water. Song birds were a delight to watch and listen too in the riparian fringe along the large cottonwoods which also provided good shade.
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Greg
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fun
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I would like all the restroom/showers to be remodeled to look like the one on the west side of the camp ground
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Angi
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Will always go back
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Great experience every time that we visit!
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Megatron
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Reviewed 06/15/2015