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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
    11/20/2020

    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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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/19/2020

    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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    A minusOverall Rating
    09/20/2020

    cabin

    met son and nephew for 5 days of fishing. Stayed in cabin. Everyone very nice and facilities clean.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    09/09/2020

    Good for fishing

    This area is very nice and there is lots of nearby access for fishing by boat or shore. Camp sites were fairly large and level. Ground was pretty hard so staking things down was an issue. Bath houses were okay but should be bigger or one more for a park this size. Our biggest complaint was the constant parade of UTVs and golf carts around the park and green spaces. Many of the drivers looked to be much too young to be driving in general, and the careless driving they were often engaged in was certainly worry some. I saw kids jumping onto and off of moving golf carts, chasing them down the roads, and driving them around on the grass. Park staff was aware but seemed unwilling or unable to address this. According to the park rules, these must be operated by licensed drivers and have a park entrance sticker. Both those rules seemed to get ignored. Maybe a Park Ranger needs to be stationed there to address this. All in all, good park with a nice set up.
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