Right off Highway 52, Pierson Ranch Recreation Area provides easy access to picnic shelters and campsites. In addition, the large day-use area serves as an excellent facility for hosting family reunions and large group picnics. Reserving a spot for overnight camping is quick and easy with the online system.

Pierson Ranch Recreation Area offers campsites with electricity as well as camping cabins that sleep four people. Cabins come with a set of bunk beds, double bed, tables and benches. For outdoor dining, there is a picnic table and fire grate. Campground amenities include showers and flush toilets, playground, dump station and tennis court. The kitchenette picnic shelter can also be rented.

Pierson Ranch opened in 1959 and is the oldest campground in the area. It was the first campground to be constructed after Gavins Point Dam was completed. Located between Chief White Crane and Lewis and Clark recreation areas, visitors can take advantage of a wide variety of recreation opportunities in all three parks.

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4 miles W of Yankton, SD off SD 52
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  • 50 Amp Available
  • Accom Big Rigs
  • Tent Sites Available
  • Group Area
  • Forest Areas
  • Firewood Available
  • Picnic Area
  • BBQ Facilities
  • ADA Accessible
  • Phone
  • Groups Welcome
  • Chapel Services
  • Planned Activities
  • Clubs Welcome
  • Pets Welcome
  • Resort Atmosphere
  • Rural Setting
  • Quiet Atmosphere
  • Family Park
  • 24hr Courtesy Patrol
  • Open Year Round
  • Credit Crd Accepted
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  • Internet Access
  • Lake
  • River
  • Laundry
  • Conven Store
  • Diner/Snack Bar
  • Propane
  • Dump Station
  • Fitness Equipmt
  • Courtesy Dock
  • Horse Facility
  • Lodging - Other
  • Repair Services
  • Resident Owned
  • Good Shopping
  • Monthly Rates
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  • Playground
  • Biking - Road
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating - Limited
  • Boating
  • Education Activity
  • Family Activity
  • Outdoor Games
  • Planned Recreation
  • Tennis
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  • Pool
  • Beach
  • Marina
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Rentals
  • Gaming/Casino
  • Biking - Mountain
  • Billiards
  • Boating - Paddle
  • Boating - Watercraft
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Group Outings
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Miniature Golf
  • Sailing/Windsurfing
  • Scenic Driving
  • Skiing -Cr.Country
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Sports
  • Wildlife Viewing
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Spoonbill Fishing

Great place to camp when fishing. Close to dam and close to fuel & supplies. Been there 3 years and always go back.
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Very nice campground. Well kept. Bathrooms and showers were very clean and spacious. Need to empty dumpster more often. Had to set bags on ground when we left
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Pierson Ranch is a GREAT facility! Close enough to all the attractions, yet quiet and secluded enough to enjoy a relaxing get away. The park is clean and has excellent facilities, the nice bathroom/showers around. An excellent park for families, great recreational facilities, playgrounds and bike paths. Overall an excellent choice for camping.
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Love it

Nice place. Plenty of room between pads. Good shower house. Great playgrounds. Easy to back into spots. Asphalt pads. Dump stations is just across the road. This is about the only place we stay when we come to Gavins Point.
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