- Maximum occupancy per site: 6 people and 2 vehicles.
- Check-in time: 4 p.m. Check-out time: 4 p.m. (12 p.m. for Custer State Park.)
- Quiet hours: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Alcoholic beverages: Allowed in campgrounds and state park areas.
- Generator use: Allowed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., no more than 2 hours at a time.
- Campfires: Allowed only in designated fire rings, following local restrictions.
- Drone use: Allowed following Federal Aviation Administration requirements and state laws.
13400 U.S. Highway 16A, Custer, SD 57730
Custer State Park operates under its own regulations due to its popularity and highly coveted campsites. It’s difficult to overstate the grandeur of the largest and oldest of South Dakota’s state parks. Famous for one of the country’s largest free-roaming buffalo herds, Custer State Park is one of the top wildlife destinations in the world. With 71,000 acres of breathtaking landscape, scenic drives, historical sites, world-class visitor centers, and interpretive programs, Custer State Park is well worth the price of entry and the effort to secure a campsite. You can’t go wrong in any of the nine campgrounds, but favorites include Sylvan Lake, Bluebell, and Grace Coolidge.
26140 451st Avenue, Canistota, SD 57012
If you can’t book a spot in Custer State Park, don’t despair. There are more than 50 other South Dakota state parks and recreation areas, including Lake Vermillion. Though famous for its clear waters and abundant fish, the lake and its surroundings offer plenty of outdoor opportunities beyond fishing, including kayaking and hiking. This peaceful year-round campground is just 30 miles west of Sioux Falls. There are 94 sites with electric and water hookups available in three different campgrounds, including additional dry camping sites. With picnic tables, grills, restrooms, playgrounds, and swimming beaches, Lake Vermillion is an ideal camping destination, especially for families.
25495 485th Avenue, Garretson, SD 57030
This state park sits close to the state border with Utah in eastern South Dakota. The spectacular Split Rock Creek is lined with striking Sioux quartzite formations with pink cliffs and spires rising straight up to the sky. Palisades State Park has some of the best rock climbing in the state, and is also great for nature walks, hiking, biking, kayaking, and swimming. The small campground is just steps from the creek, and sites include both partial hookups and dry camping, restrooms, and potable water. Check RV size availability on the reservation site.
South Dakota state park campgrounds that accommodate RV camping
Angostura Recreation Area
Big Sioux State Recreation Area
Buryanek Recreation Area
Chief White Crane Recreation Area
Cow Creek Recreation Area
Custer State Park
East Whitlock Lakeside Use Area
Farm Island Recreation Area
Fisher Grove State Park
Fort Sisseton State Park
Good Earth State Park
Hartford Beach State Park
Indian Creek Recreation Area
Lake Cochrane Recreation Area
Lake Herman State Park
Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area
Lake Louise Recreation Area
Lake Poinsett Recreation Area
Lake Thompson Recreation Area
Lake Vermillion Recreation Area
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
Llewellyn Johns Recreation Area
Mina Lake Recreation Area
Newton Hills State Park
North Point Recreation Area
Oahe Downstream Recreation Area
Oakwood Lakes State Park
Palisades State Park
Pease Creek Recreation Area
Pelican Lake Recreation Area
Pickerel Lake Recreation Area
Pierson Ranch Recreation Area
Platte Creek Recreation Area
Randall Creek Recreation Area
Richmond Lake Recreation Area
Rocky Point Recreation Area
Roy Lake State Park
Sandy Shore Recreation Area
Shadehill Recreation Area
Sheps Canyon Recreation Area
Sica Hollow State Park
Snake Creek Recreation Area
Spring Creek Recreation Area
Springfield Recreation Area
Swan Creek Recreation Area
Union Grove State Park
Walkers Point Recreation Area
West Bend Recreation Area
West Pollock Recreation Area
West Whitlock Recreation AreaFor more information on South Dakota state park campgrounds, visit gfp.sd.gov/camp.