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    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.

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    • 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
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    • Courtesy Dock
    • Horse Facility
    • Chapel Services
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    • Beach
    • Playground
    • Biking - Road
    • Boating - Limited
    • Education Activity
    • Family Activity
    • Fishing
    • Hunting
    • Outdoor Games
    • Swimming
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    • Boat Rentals
    • Gaming/Casino
    • Biking - Mountain
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating - Paddle
    • Boating
    • Entertainment
    • Golfing
    • Hiking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Sailing/Windsurfing
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    It was great

    I enjoyed the fall camping experience.

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    Fall Wonderland

    We were immediately astounded with the beauty of the campground, especially with the Fall foliage. The campground was much larger than expected, and much more beautiful, especially with the lake and the close proximity of the river. It was so spectacular that we went camping two weekends in a row, one in our camper and the next in a cabin. An unknown treasure for us to this point, but will now be a must in our future plans!

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    Our annual camping trip to Chief White Crane was excellent as always. The first week's weather was beautiful the campgrounds was full for the week end. We love camping in October because our walks are beautiful during the Fall color changes. It is Paddlefish snagging season, even tho we don't fish for paddlefish it is always so much fun watching all the fishermen and women. We enjoy Black Kettle cooking which is more way more fun in the cooler fall days. We had to cut our second week short because of incoming winter weather. But it is an awesome place to stay, I personally have been going to White Crane with my parents in the 70's. And have continued to camp somewhere in the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area with my husband. The sites are very spacious and somewhat level on most of them.

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    Nice campground with lake and activities nearby. Bathrooms were clean. Beautiful location for a campground.