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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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    08/14/2018

    My favorite state park

    We keep coming back here. The smallmouth bass fishing is good here, something you never hear about. There are some pretty good places to launch a kayak for kayak fishing, and the bait shop is walking distance close. This park is quiet, and the sites are good sized.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/10/2018

    Great state park!

    Had a very nice camping trip at East Whitlock. Make sure you take your bugspray! Saw deer and antelope ... Shared my tent with a mouse! Nice facilities. Looking forward to my next stay.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/08/2018

    Wonderful

    I love how clean the whole park is, how nice the people are there. It's always such a wonderful time. Can't wait to go back next year!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/31/2018

    Mrs

    We had a good experience. But the host came over one evening at 950 and we had friends and family over and my husband went over to visit with him and he told my husband he need to shut up. That people west of us could hear us and that his wife could hear us. Weill for one everyone west of us was at our camp site and two it was 10pm. Then the next day the hostess came over and told my daughter she had to put the picnic table back right now because they were going to wash it. She had her baby crying and could do it right now. Funny thing is that our table was not cleaned when we got there. I thought is you were host and hostess at a camp ground you were to make people fell welcome. If you don’t want to be nice you should find a different place to be at. This camp ground is one of our favorites and we have been going there for year and last two year the hostess and host have been crabby. But they are not going to stop us from coming back. The other staff were great. Made us feel welcome.
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