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    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.

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    Directions

    18 miles W of Gettysburg, SD off US 212
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    Amenities

    Onsite

    • 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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    Nearby

    • Lake
    • Conven Store
    • Diner/Snack Bar
    • Gas
    • Chapel Services
    • Resort Atmosphere
    • Resident Owned
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    Recreation

    Onsite

    • 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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    Nearby

    • Pool
    • Entertainment
    • Golfing
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/16/2018

    Great Camping

    Everything was superb!! Staff was very friendly; sites were shaded with lots of room; and, showers were clean.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/15/2018

    relax

    This park is very beautiful and clean. We did have a power outage while we were there due to install of internet cable. Both the park staff and the park host notified us of the outage.It lasted some time around 4 hrs. and it was very hot with no air conditioning. However we coped just fine as we went out on the water. We did ask if we would get a free night stay for the inconvienance but no one had authority to authorize it. We have stayed at this park for a week each summer for close to 30 years now. I would highly recommend this park for a great outdoor experience.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/10/2018

    Great

    Trailer site does not have water spicket Watch out for Ticks & Mosquitos
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/08/2018

    Dogs on the run

    No one seems to follow pet rules. Campers across from comfort station had 6 dogs. Never on a leash & didn’t clean up after them. 3 campsites had a minimum of 13 vehicles plus 3 pontoon boats plus 4 wheelers. Major inconvenience for other campers ??
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