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    Description

    With its more than 140 campsites and 10 camping cabins, Chief White Crane Recreation Area is a great place for groups to gather to spend the weekend. Combined with its own facilities and the features of the other two state parks nearby, Lewis & Clark and Pierson Ranch, visitors can take advantage of a wide variety of recreation opportunities.

    Snug one-room cabins sleep four in a set of bunk beds and a double bed. Stay in comfort in a picturesque setting with heating, air conditioning and electricity. Dine outdoors using the picnic table and fire grate. Don't forget to bring bedding, cooking utensils and a cooler for food storage. Campers may choose from non-electrical and electrical sites, and for a few dollars more, upgrade to a waterfront site. Reservations may be made quickly and securely with the online system. Once at Chief White Crane Recreation Area, enjoy the park's amenities: picnic shelter, playground, comfort station with showers and flush toilets and game checkout.

    Chief White Crane Recreation Area is one of the South Dakota state parks that offers the opportunity for visitors to see the majestic bald eagle. In South Dakota, many bald eagles spend their winters below the Missouri River dams where they are able to catch fish and prey on waterfowl attracted to the open water. They typically perch within 50 feet of the riverbank in tall cottonwood trees. The birds usually feed in the morning and rest in their roosting trees in the afternoon.

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    Directions

    5 miles W of Yankton, SD off SD 52
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    Amenities

    Onsite

    • 50 Amp Available
    • Accom Big Rigs
    • Tent Sites Available
    • Group Area
    • Lake
    • Forest Areas
    • Conven Store
    • Firewood Available
    • Dump Station
    • Picnic Area
    • BBQ Facilities
    • Courtesy Dock
    • ADA Accessible
    • Phone
    • Groups Welcome
    • 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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    Nearby

    • Internet Access
    • River
    • Laundry
    • Diner/Snack Bar
    • Gas
    • Propane
    • Fitness Equipmt
    • Horse Facility
    • Repair Services
    • Chapel Services
    • Resident Owned
    • Good Shopping
    • Monthly Rates
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    Recreation

    Onsite

    • Beach
    • Playground
    • Boat Ramp
    • Biking - Road
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating - Limited
    • Boating - Watercraft
    • Education Activity
    • Family Activity
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Hunting
    • Outdoor Games
    • Planned Recreation
    • Scenic Driving
    • Swimming
    • Water Skiing
    • Water Sports
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    Nearby

    • Pool
    • Marina
    • Boat Rentals
    • Gaming/Casino
    • Biking - Mountain
    • Billiards
    • Boating - Paddle
    • Boating
    • Entertainment
    • Golfing
    • Group Outings
    • Horseback Riding
    • Miniature Golf
    • Sailing/Windsurfing
    • Tennis
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    Guest Opinions are very important

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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/24/2019

    Best Campground

    Cheif Whitecrane is our favorite campground in the Yankton area. We enjoy watching the wildlife. Camp hosts are very friendly and often just stop to visit. We will be back several times in 2020.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/24/2019

    Beautiful

    Our favorite campgrounds for fall camping. Just so quiet, and with the Fall colors the perfect place for long walks. The campsites are very spacious, no parking lot feel here. Bathhouse are very clean, could use a little more heat. Showers were a little chilly.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/22/2019

    Very nice in the fall

    I enjoy all the campgrounds below Gavins point dam. Good clean shower houses plenty of room, we really enjoy every visit. With that said, after hearing SD raising the rates again in 2020 my south dakota camping may be coming to an end. I never thought it was real fair to charge me $7 for a non resident fee and now that you are increasing fees I dont plan on camping SD parks in 2020
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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/22/2019

    Stunning Location

    I have tent camped and stayed in one of the cabins, they are both great. Camping spots are large, clean and have a lot of trees. The cabins are cozy, have stunning views of the lake and are perfect for those colder months.
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