Chief White Crane Recreation Area

31323 Toe Road
Yankton, SD 57078

(605) 668-2985

Description

With its more than 140 campsites and 10 camping cabins, Chief White Crane Recreation Area is a great place for groups to gather to spend the weekend. Combined with its own facilities and the features of the other two state parks nearby, Lewis & Clark and Pierson Ranch, visitors can take advantage of a wide variety of recreation opportunities.

Snug one-room cabins sleep four in a set of bunk beds and a double bed. Stay in comfort in a picturesque setting with heating, air conditioning and electricity. Dine outdoors using the picnic table and fire grate. Don't forget to bring bedding, cooking utensils and a cooler for food storage. Campers may choose from non-electrical and electrical sites, and for a few dollars more, upgrade to a waterfront site. Reservations may be made quickly and securely with the online system. Once at Chief White Crane Recreation Area, enjoy the park's amenities: picnic shelter, playground, comfort station with showers and flush toilets and game checkout.

Chief White Crane Recreation Area is one of the South Dakota state parks that offers the opportunity for visitors to see the majestic bald eagle. In South Dakota, many bald eagles spend their winters below the Missouri River dams where they are able to catch fish and prey on waterfowl attracted to the open water. They typically perch within 50 feet of the riverbank in tall cottonwood trees. The birds usually feed in the morning and rest in their roosting trees in the afternoon.

Amenities

Onsite

  • 50 Amp Available
  • Tent Sites Available
  • Lake
  • River
  • Dump Station
  • Picnic Area
  • ADA Accessible
  • Pets Welcome
  • Rural Setting
  • Quiet Atmosphere
  • Family Park
  • Credit Crd Accepted

Nearby

  • Courtesy Dock
  • Horse Facility
  • Chapel Services

Recreation

Onsite

  • Beach
  • Playground
  • Biking - Road
  • Boating - Limited
  • Education Activity
  • Family Activity
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Outdoor Games
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife Viewing

Nearby

  • Boat Rentals
  • Gaming/Casino
  • Biking - Mountain
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating - Paddle
  • Boating
  • Entertainment
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Sailing/Windsurfing

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Spent a night and part of the next day at Chief White Crane!! The park was nice and there was plenty to do! Fishing, swimming and boating were the activities we did! Swimming beach at Lake Yankton was very nice! Would definantly stay there again!!!
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Buddy
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Always enjoy camping in Chief White Crane, nice and quiet, very easy to walk my dog! Lake Yankton is nice to go kayaking on!
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Lovecamping
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Great Days at White Crane
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Had a great couple days at White Crane from Tuesday until Friday. There were very few other campers there so had showers and bathroom pretty much without others around. Lake is nice and fishing OK. Camper pads are paved and pretty level side to side so setting up was quick. There is a lot to see in the area and plan to come back to catch what we missed.
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SDBornNRaised
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Always a great place to stay
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Great park to stay in. Huge mature old tree, LTE works great, sites are very large and flat. Fire pit worked great, the water was nice and the camground was very clean. Bath houses had great hot water and shower heads you didn't have to keep pressing to keep on.
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Jake
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