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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Great place
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8 days of relaxing hunting. Hunting not so great but the area was beautiful and the camping was great. Not many campers but that's ok. Very quiet and relaxing. Camp was maintained like it was summer.
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Hunter
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Reviewed 11/24/2016
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Great park, friendly, helpful staff
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We had been traveling in SW North Dakota and central South Dakota pheasant hunting. Needed a place to stay for the night and had good experiences at other South Dakota state parks. This park was the friendliest, for sure. Staff was helpful, friendly and informative. The park was spotless. Definitely a good place.
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JimC
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Reviewed 11/14/2016
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Cabins are a great way to see SD. WW is a clean park with great outdoor attractions that make me want to return already. The cabin is basic - no indoor plumbing. However, electric, AC and heat are great features. I would stay here again. It's a great way to camp in the shoulder seasons.
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CAL in OMA
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Reviewed 10/20/2016
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Much too expensive for site. Rate was advertised as $14, but after all fees ended up being $33 for just electric hookup. Fill water tank at central faucet and dump station closed. Commercial sites for full hookups are less. But camp ground very pretty.
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Tom
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Reviewed 10/19/2016