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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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    Guest Opinions are very important

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    07/17/2019

    Wonderful place - Needs better WIFI

    I love the location and the facility. It's always clean and staff is very helpful and friendly. Sites for the most part are very shaded. My only complaint is that I have no cell service and WIFI is pretty much non existent. We have ATT and my son has Verizon. Verizon was much better, but still had trouble with WIFI. I have an elderly mother and when I do get away, I still need to be in contact with her. It makes it hard without cell service, but if I had WIFI, I would be able to keep in contact that way. Basically if you are looking for a place to "go dark" this is the place. I love the park and the people, just wish they had better WIFI.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/17/2019

    great stay

    Unprepared for no cell or tv service, other than 6 PBS channels. Not a problem. The filling and clean out station is the very best in all of the state campgrounds we’ve stayed in. Well kept grounds, friendly staff and the great Missouri made for a wonderful week.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/14/2019

    relax and fish

    This is a very beautiful campground. Provides walking trail and abundant wildlife to watch. Make sure to bring bug repellent for flies and ticks.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/10/2019

    Beautiful place

    We stayed here over the 4th of July, we prefer to stay on the inside campsites as you have a lot of room and there is a large grass area for kids to play and they don’t have to cross the street to play on the playground equipment. Very clean park and awesome staff,. Only downside was very little to none cell service if needed to communicate with someone, but the park was full, after a lot of people left cell service improved maybe boost the cell power , all in all great place to stay and there is a bait shop that serves food and drinks. There is also church service there on Saturday nights.
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