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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white crane
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Always a great stay in October. Fewer people and great weather. The only problem is the rotting fish floating around and the smell they produce. You would think the price would be lower given the view you have of carcasses from the cabin deck. Other than that we love the place
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bigt
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Reviewed 10/23/2014
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Amazing but No Fish
100 % of users found this review helpful
We rented a cabin on Lake Yankton mainly for the fact that we could just walk out of our cabin and go fishing. Unfortunately they killed on the fish in the Lake. That was the only disappointment in this trip for us. Everything else was amazing. The cabin was great and the view was amazing. The staff was very friendly and got us checked in early even. I plan on coming here hopefully every year as long as they put fish back into Lake Yankton.
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Schmidty
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Reviewed 10/13/2014
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Loved It!
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We had a much better experience this time. Able to get our cabin key right away. Friendly staff, quiet this time of year, but beautiful surroundings. Seen the Park Rangers presence less often this time. We will definitely return in the spring.
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Yotes Mama
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Reviewed 10/11/2014
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Camping with mosquitoes
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We had a nice time. The only problem was the huge amount of giant mosquitoes. Do the parks fog for them??
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CLM
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Reviewed 10/09/2014