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've been toying with the idea of relocating to SD, so we headed out for a two week working vacation which included both hotel and campground stays so we could take a deep assessment of what life in SD might be like. We chose to stay at Chief White Crane for a few days because of its proximity to the Missouri River Dam - a reliable hotspot for watching birds of prey. Raptor activity was incredible and we got an amazing amount of high quality images for the archives. The facilities were clean and the staff at Lewis&Clark VisCenter were quite helpful and genuine. Park Ranger Dan at Chief White Crane made us feel very welcome which really helped us relax and enjoy. Verizon LTE network was strong and allowed us to work efficiently from our campsite right on the waters edge. The only negative was the flies that attacked in swarms whenever we finished preparing our meals, not sure if this was a seasonal issue(mid Oct.) but a screen tent would have been useful. We visited mid/late October which resulted us in having a great deal of peace, quiet and privacy.
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WebDevCouple
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Reviewed 11/04/2015
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Had an awesome experience but, when I arrived at 11AM and was told flatly that check in was 4PM the lady then turned her back on me. I said I have checked in early before. She made a call then told me to fill out a form. She was very rude and it really makes me question if I would ever go back there. That lady was a ranger of some sort. She should be put in a position where she does not deal with the public because her customer service skills are terrible.
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Henry
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Reviewed 11/03/2015
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Great getaway
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October at the dam is great. Fishing is usually better than this trip. The snagger's were having good luck it appeared. Love the heaters in the shower house at Chief White Crane. More information on when Lake Yankton will be back to fishing success would be helpful.
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Omaha
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paddlefishing
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Great cabins to stay in. Very clean and well kept. The rent was very reasonable. i will keep coming back in the future
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T-bone
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Reviewed 10/30/2015