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

Recent Reviews

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Chief White Crane April 2016
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Beautiful camping weather in the mid 70's with cottonwood trees just leafing out. The shallow lake was home to nesting canadian geese, which generally allowed you to quietly kayak within 20' of their nests without causing them discomfort. Birds of all sorts singing and calling out. But the cottonwood leaf buds that littered the ground will stick to your shoes and bare feet!
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Lawrence
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Reviewed 04/25/2016
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Nice place, but comfort station was closed
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This is a great campground. One of the last which haven't been reworked to stack as many spots on top of one another as possible. The only downfall is that the comfort station was "closed for winter" even though winter has been over for some time. Full price for half amenities, but other than that, a nice place. The campground hosts were nice.
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Moxiedog
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Reviewed 04/25/2016
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cabin c4
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We really enjoyed our cabin stay. The ranger and host were helpful and friendly. We will definitely be back.
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Larsensofsiouxfalls
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Reviewed 04/18/2016
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Limited services in early spring
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Good early camping campground.
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Camper
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Reviewed 04/10/2016