Description

A popular campsite for the Arikara and Mandan people in the past, West Whitlock Recreation Area now draws modern-day campers and fishermen to its shores. When the area became a park, it was named for Mrs. J.F. Whitlock, whose pioneering family once owned the land. Whitlock Crossing was the name given to a small settlement that operated a ferry across the river near the area.

The replica of an Arikara earth lodge found in West Whitlock Recreation Area is a reminder of the many lodges that the Lewis and Clark expedition saw as they traveled this area. Each lodge, made of cottonwood logs, willow branches and grass, could house up to 20 people. The Arikara people were farmers and grew crops such as corn, beans, squash, sunflowers and tobacco.

Visitors today will find much different places to stay at West Whitlock. Cozy camping cabins, open all year, are furnished with bunk beds and a double bed to accommodate four people. Keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter with heating and air conditioning. All the campsites come with electricity. To reserve either a cabin or campsite, use your computer to access the online system. It's quick and easy. Then you can enjoy all West Whitlock Recreation Area has to offer: beach, boat ramp, modern comfort station, fish-cleaning station, ski beach, picnic shelter and playground.

Amenities

Onsite

  • 50 Amp Available
  • Tent Sites Available
  • River
  • Forest Areas
  • Dump Station
  • Picnic Area
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Courtesy Dock
  • ADA Accessible
  • Groups Welcome
  • Pets Welcome
  • Quiet Atmosphere
  • Credit Crd Accepted

Nearby

  • Lake

Recreation

Onsite

  • Beach
  • Playground
  • Boat Ramp
  • Biking - Road
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating - Watercraft
  • Education Activity
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Sightseeing
  • Skiing -Cr.Country
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Nearby

  • Entertainment
  • Golfing

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We just returned home from our first trip to West Whitlock and we will def be going again! We stayed in a cabin and it was perfect for our maiden camping voyage. It was a short walk to the bathrooms and they were very clean. The campground was quiet, even with quite a few sites around us filled. Cell phone service (Verizon) was a little spotty, but previous reviews had prepared us for that. All in all, it was a great weekend and we are looking forward to our next trip!
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MamaPep
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Reviewed 08/22/2017
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We had a great outing with a larger group at West Whitlock State park. We used cabins and campsites. Park was clean, staff friendly and water was warm in Lake Oahe. August is a great time to be there.
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Deere
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Reviewed 08/17/2017
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Enjoyed Whitlocks
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We have lived in Pierre for over 30 years and never visited Whitlocks until now. The sites are roomy and not too close together. The shower house was clean. Our site #55 had decent shade, especially late afternoon. All staff we met were friendly and helpful. Upon our arrival, we were very disappointed to learn there could not be campfires...even in the grates. This is a big part of our camping experience and we felt this information should have been posted on the website. We may have visited at a different time. We understand about dry conditions and fire danger, but the ground was damp. There was a camping group near us who blared their music for everyone to hear. It would have been helpful if the campground host asked them to turn down the volume. All in all, we enjoyed our weekend. Four of us caught 75-100 fish...but most of them were 10" or less, so we were able to keep 11 walleye. It is likely we will try this area again.
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First Timer
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Reviewed 08/14/2017
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Beautiful
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We were on our way home on a 7,000 mile three week trip and needed a place to stay over. The lady checking us in was leaving but went back in and remained pleasant throughout. She chose a great site for us. We took a short walk on the path and other campers helped us how to find it. This campground was large, comfortable and beautiful. The showers were a blessing to us because our last "shower" was in a lake. Everything was clean and I wish we lived closer to this beautiful place.
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Leigh
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Reviewed 08/12/2017