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, we have been enjoying the park since the 70's. It is so beautiful and seems more quiet and not as crowded as "above the dam" I am actually writing this to make a plead to all my fellow campers, on our last visit we arrive shortly after the previous camper left our site, the Site was left digusting, the campfire ring was left with old food, melted utensils, beer cans, plastic whatever. We need a large garbage bag to clean up from the previous camper. They showed no respect for the workers of the park, or to fellow campers. We have beautiful parks for all of us to enjoy, and the park workers are not there to clean up after us, they are there to maintain the park for all of us. Please show respect for the beautiful parks, the park workers, and your fellow campers, please pick up your litter and this includes cigarette butts, plastic forks, spoons, knives, plates and water bottles, soda cans, beer cans. The boy scout have a collection barrell for recycling, please use it. Throwing everything into the fire ring is not considered cleaning up, use a trash bag and throw it in the trash container located all through the park. Please take care of our parks, we are lucky to have such beautiful,safe parks for us and our children.
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drp
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Reviewed 09/04/2014
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Great campground. Huge, level pads. Plenty of space around pad to play and relax. Well groomed campground, very clean and quiet. Facilities all well maintained and clean. Loved our stay.
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Haus
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Reviewed 09/03/2014
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Had fun camping at Chief White Crane. Great place to take your bikes and kick back and relax too
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Happy Campers
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Reviewed 09/01/2014
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Fantastic experience. Clean and quiet. Extremley well maintained bathroom / shower. Very friendly and helpful hosts. Campsite was right on the lake, and we were able to walk down to swim and fish, or take a short walk / bike ride to a small beach. Easy fishing access to both the lake and the river. A bit longer bike ride to the dam or the aquarium, but doable for older children. We would definately return. Campmed in a 34 ft motorhome.
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Barry
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Reviewed 08/19/2014