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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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    Chief White Crane

    This our favorite place to camp. The size of the camp sites are very spacious and facilities always clean. Always a relaxing stay.

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    good campground

    We like the smaller campground. The restrooms and grounds were very clean. Campground host and park employees very friendly and helpful. Filling and dumping station very handy.

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    Needs improvement!

    Camping area is okay but the sites are far from level. There are a lot of sites that are really difficult to back a 5ht wheel trailer into due to the angle and deep ditches along the road. Bathroom facilities are far from sufficient and not well kept. Nice spot for kayaking, swimming and fishing.

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    Not good

    Nobody at the checkin after 8pm and the host was nowhere to be found to get firewood and one of the campers had their camper hooked up to the water spicket so I had to go to a different part of the park to get water for my dog. The people that came to clean the east bath house rushed in and rushed out and almost knocking an elderly lady on her bump cuz they were in such a hurry to get in and out.