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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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    We spent a few days fishing for pike in mid April. We stayed in one of the camping cabins. It beats a tent with heat, ac and electricity. It was a very quiet time. A park employee, Ryan, checked on us and our success.
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    We stayed before toilet, showers, and other facilities were open. My only comment on that is that we paid full price and maybe the state should consider reduced rates for time when facilities are not in full operation. Also, be aware that outside of the main season the only place open is Bob's and they had limited supplies. Gettysburg us the next stop, but they did not have much more than Bob's. We had to make one run to Mobridge for supplies one day. Akaska has an amazing restaurant. It was worth the trip up there.
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    I'll be back

    A great place to stay. The staff is very friendly. Can't wait to come back next year.
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    Great time!

    We had a very chilly camping/salmon fishing trip mid October 2020. The cabin was dry, warm and clean so we appreciated that! We also really appreciated the shower house/bathrooms still being open. Looking forward to coming back just as soon as it is a bit warmer!
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