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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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    Interesting Visit

    Always good to try to stay during non peak times at this camp ground aka during the week as the locals take over on the weekends and there is a lot of traffic and many do not seem to tolerate out of state visitors as well. We only experienced this on the weekends. Otherwise it was not an issue.
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    Great Weekend

    We spent 4 days and 3 nights at Chief White Crane Recreation Area, campsite 139. The area has several mature cottonwood trees which provide plenty of shade during sunny, hot days and provide protection from heavy rains. The temperature when we were camping was in the mid to upper 90s the whole weekend. Thank goodness for shade and a breeze. Upon arrival, the grass was well maintained and the campsite was clean. The guest comfort stations (bathrooms) were clean and well maintained throughout the day. No matter where you went in the park, there was a restroom and drinking water available. With having 4 small children, this was a blessing. The bike path through Chief White Crane Recreation Area was well maintained and easy to follow. We enjoyed riding our bicycles on it several times. The bike path leads outside the park to a residential area. It was good to ride around this area as well and then be able to come back into the park. The swimming area was well maintained and the water felt really good during those hot afternoons. If you went down the beach a little ways, you could see little fingerling fish swimming right by shore. With snorkel equipment, a person could observe different species of fish swimming withing 20 feet of the shore. Swimming in Lake Yankton was a pleasure, especially since only electric motors are allowed to be used on the lake. The water was clearer than most lakes. Overall, it was a great weekend. We look forward to coming back again really soon.
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    Nice, except for the Lake and weedsC

    Great camping sites and facilities. One of our main concerns is the massive amounts of poison ivy in the surrounding wooded areas. We are highly allergic to the oils and wish the weeds could be controlled, so our kids could enjoy playing in the trees! Also, we picked up parasites called “Swimmer’s Itch” from Lake Yankton. We love the campground, but it created very itchy campers. Campers BEWARE!!! If kayaking on Lake Yankton, you MUST have a life jacket on or in your boat. We met a very eager Nebraska Game Warden looking for anyone he could ticket $100 for not having a life jacket!
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    Camping fun

    We had a fun and relaxing weekend. All staff was wonderful and we enjoyed the parks and lake area. Well kept and clean facility. We will be returning..