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    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.

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    18 miles W of Gettysburg, SD off US 212
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    • 50 Amp Available
    • Tent Sites Available
    • WiFi
    • Internet Access
    • River
    • Firewood Available
    • Dump Station
    • Picnic Area
    • BBQ Facilities
    • Courtesy Dock
    • ADA Accessible
    • Groups Welcome
    • Pets Welcome
    • Quiet Atmosphere
    • Credit Crd Accepted
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    • Lake
    • Conven Store
    • Diner/Snack Bar
    • Gas
    • Chapel Services
    • Resort Atmosphere
    • Resident Owned
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    • Beach
    • Playground
    • Boat Ramp
    • Biking - Road
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating
    • Boating - Watercraft
    • Education Activity
    • Fishing
    • Sightseeing
    • Skiing -Cr.Country
    • Swimming
    • Water Skiing
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    • Pool
    • Entertainment
    • Golfing
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    Poor boy

    All the state campgrounds are good. Each have their own problems. #1 DOGS, DOGS, and DOGS When are they going to required to CERTIFIED SERVICE COMPANION?? #2 Garbage trucks and dumpsters at 6:30am. Come on now, we're RETIRED
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    -18 vacation

    The help at the front shack was excellent. Too much dog shit laying around. Dogs running loose. Too many flies Other than that ,we had a good time
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    clean campsites, well maintained, clean-up after rowdy storm started immediately
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    Be Honest

    My third year at West Whitlock, and still not fixed. The showers a cold, not warm, not hot. Shower handles and soap dishes are broken. Clothes hooks are minimal. If the park manager had to shower and clean in these facilities they would have been fixed and with hot water a long time ago. It is clear the manager and chain of command think they are above the commoner camper. For all the money GF&P spends on other things, there is no excuse for such degrading shower and washing facilities.
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