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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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    06/29/2020

    West Whitlock Rec Area

    West Whitlock is one of our favorite State campgrounds. Besides the well-kept grounds and beautiful trees, we also usually enjoy pretty good fishing. This stay, however, fishing was poor at best. But a high light of our trip was one of the campground staff: Amy! She was great! Besides being friendly and willing to answer questions, she went out of her way to introduce herself and tell us she was there if we needed help with anything. They just don't make them like Amy anymore!!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    06/29/2020

    Hot Stay

    We had a great stay! The park was clean and well maintained. Only downer was toilet in convenience station clogged on Sat. nite/Sun.morn, but cleaned up after the morning clean-up. Used "outhouse" style and no problem.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    06/26/2020

    Covid get away

    The camp ground and facilities are great! Fishing was slow but relaxing and fun. Great place to go!!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    06/26/2020

    Great memories created !

    Beautiful campground to visit. The Boat dock is very close to the campground. Very clean ! Watch out for the ticks, not the campgrounds fault, this is the year for the dang things, located mostly in the tall grass.
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