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    Right off Highway 52, Pierson Ranch Recreation Area provides easy access to picnic shelters and campsites. In addition, the large day-use area serves as an excellent facility for hosting family reunions and large group picnics. Reserving a spot for overnight camping is quick and easy with the online system.

    Pierson Ranch Recreation Area offers campsites with electricity as well as camping cabins that sleep four people. Cabins come with a set of bunk beds, double bed, tables and benches. For outdoor dining, there is a picnic table and fire grate. Campground amenities include showers and flush toilets, playground, dump station and tennis court. The kitchenette picnic shelter can also be rented.

    Pierson Ranch opened in 1959 and is the oldest campground in the area. It was the first campground to be constructed after Gavins Point Dam was completed. Located between Chief White Crane and Lewis and Clark recreation areas, visitors can take advantage of a wide variety of recreation opportunities in all three parks.

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    4 miles W of Yankton, SD off SD 52
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    • 50 Amp Available
    • Accom Big Rigs
    • Tent Sites Available
    • Group Area
    • Forest Areas
    • Firewood Available
    • Picnic Area
    • BBQ Facilities
    • ADA Accessible
    • Phone
    • Groups Welcome
    • Chapel Services
    • 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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    • Internet Access
    • Lake
    • River
    • Laundry
    • Conven Store
    • Diner/Snack Bar
    • Propane
    • Dump Station
    • Fitness Equipmt
    • Courtesy Dock
    • Horse Facility
    • Lodging - Other
    • Repair Services
    • Resident Owned
    • Good Shopping
    • Monthly Rates
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    • Playground
    • Biking - Road
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating - Limited
    • Boating
    • Education Activity
    • Family Activity
    • Outdoor Games
    • Planned Recreation
    • Tennis
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    • Pool
    • Beach
    • Marina
    • Boat Ramp
    • Boat Rentals
    • Gaming/Casino
    • Biking - Mountain
    • Billiards
    • Boating - Paddle
    • Boating - Watercraft
    • Fishing
    • Golfing
    • Group Outings
    • Hiking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hunting
    • Miniature Golf
    • Sailing/Windsurfing
    • Scenic Driving
    • Skiing -Cr.Country
    • Snowmobiling
    • Swimming
    • Water Skiing
    • Water Sports
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    We had a very good time at Pierson’s Ranvh, I gave it a “B” rating for cleanliness because this was the first time the women’s restroom was not clean, at least not as clean as it usually is. The toilets were bad, a lot of hair in the sinks. This is a nice place to camp, I do wish there were more sites with full hook ups, that’d be great!
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    luv it

    we try to stay here once a year and have the past 5 years. hosts are great. we always stay first week in October just wish we could tour the damn that late in the season
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    We just love the State Parks in Yankton. We stayed at Pierson Ranch and had a great time. The sites are fabulous. The park was is beautiful and they mantain the large trees so well. The bathrooms are very clean. We are from Idaho and we do a lot of rving. The only thing that surprised us was the dump stations. It looks like it is expectable for people to leave the gray and black tanks open after they leave the dump station. We saw toilet paper and fecial matter on the road. We even saw toilet paper where you get drinking water. It is illegal I believe to do that in the NW. I wish they would put up signs at the dump station that says close your valves when you are done dumping.
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    Walnut Review

    We love Pierson Ranch and love camping there but we never had the problem with walnuts in our previous spots as we did this time. We were actually worried about getting hit in the head. They landed on our truck and camper and made a huge mess. There was so many on our camping spot we had a hard time walking and were worried about twisted ankles. We love camping in Pierson Ranch but the walnuts left us a little nutty.
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