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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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    08/02/2021

    Flys

    We've been there a couple times before and they've managed to spray for mosquitoes and Flys to keep them under control but this year they did nothing and they were so bad you couldn't leave the camper more than a few minutes to walk the dogs. We won't be back, it was a waste of our time and money. The park service could save lots of money on gas if the sesonals did more than drive laps around the park constantly. Being threatened with a $1000 fine for lighting a citronella candle was a nice touch too.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/01/2021

    great campground

    camped here for two nights. very pleasant. wide sites and lots of shade.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/01/2021

    Amy was Great!!

    We messed up our reservation and we’re in the wrong spot the first night. Amie at the front office caught the air right away and got our reservation changed before we unhooked the camper. Way to go Amy!!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/01/2021

    Excellent

    101° in the shade when we arrived ?? Looking for a shady spot and the park host was very accommodating. Fresh water and clean out water connections are some of the best I've ever seen and used, 5 stars. Very nice park.....
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