An OK, no-frills place to park for a day or so. The $12.00 rate is Passport America. Owner is friendly and accommodating. Easy to find off Highway 85 and access to site is easy if you ignore the entrance and drive over the low curb. I've stayed here twice and will stay again if I'm passing through. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
General Description: This is a pretty funky campground. It was formerly a city school and was sold at auction about 15 years ago. The school playground was converted into camp sites (hence the name). Showers and rest rooms are what was once used as gymnasium locker rooms. Pros: • clean restrooms and showers • pleasant staff • Easy in and out • part of Passport America (so low-cost!) Cons: • Old buildings • most of the sites are pretty poor • no pool, or any activities of any kind • no TV, internet, laundry. No anything! • Owners planning on getting out of the campground business Final Word: I would stay again, but would try to avoid their busiest times (July 4th and early August bikers rally! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This was an okay campground, not fancy, but okay. We stayed 1 night while passing through. The sites are pull-through, dirt, and pretty level. There is a large field with a walking path along a canal leading to a river. There is plenty of room to walk a dog. We didn't use their Wi-Fi, so can't comment on if they had any or how it worked. The campground takes cash only. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We did Passport America here for one night. Picked it because it had WiFi, but WiFi wouldn't work and would barely work with my antenna. The owner said it was working good in the house. Sites level. Pull throughs. Close to road. We had 30 amp, but 50 was available. All in all an average campground. Probably stays full in season and sparse out of season. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were here during Sturgis motorcycle rally but saw very few of them. Very large sites, well separated. Good Verizon signal. Can be busy on weekends but not during the week. SD state park reservation is great even if you don't want to make a reservation you can check for availability. I love SD state parks and there are so many of them. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice park. Large campground. We were far from the flush toilets. Vault toilet have swarms of flies. So bad I couldn't use it. Close to reservoir, nice level sites. We stayed here one night. Lots of fisherman come for the day. Very few campers when we were there. Didn't see any rangers or hosts although there was a rig at the host site. Pretty area, some trees, on reservoir, playground, basketball court, and horseshoes. Look for what interests you and camp nearby. This is a large park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A very nice park with open, sweeping vistas. Big back-in sites. Lots of boaters and ATV's here, but everyone was courteous and friendly. Excellent dump station, near the park check-in. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset over the lake, (reservoir) which was just behind our motorhome, and the Black Hills are close by to the south. While there are some trees around the lakeshore, this is open, rolling prairie, but very pretty. The central bathhouse had excellent private showers, but no lights that we could find on the toilet side. Bring a flashlight. We would camp here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is a hidden gem right on Belle Fourche Reservoir, about 10 miles east of town. Recently upgraded by the South Dakota State Park system, it now features all paved interior roads and 85' x 15' gravel back-in sites that are widely spaced with grassy areas. All sites have 20/30/50A power and there is a new dump station with separate potable water near the entrance. Roughly half of the sites back up to the reservoir. There is a large playground. A separate boat launch site is available. Sites are $16/night, but the park entrance fee ($4/person, $6/vehicle or $28/year) is extra. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Rate reflects Passport America discount. This campground is catered more for the Sturgis Rally. The reason I said that is there is hardly any other campers there except us and 4 or 5 other campers. The layout of the campground is packed tight like sardines. The restroom is decent either real clean or dirty (which is why I rated it so). The exterior of the bathroom has lots of cobwebs and the interior is OK though it said it is cleaned daily (probably during the Sturgis Rally). The playground is small. It said it has a river but it is more like a small stream or big creek. Don't expect any Wi-Fi signal unless you are next or close to the office. This is a self check-in campground so do not expect any staff to assist you. However, you can reach the host or owner via phone (though he is just in the office but strictly no trespassing as stated by the sign). We camped here in a Motorhome.
If they had known ANYTHING about RVs when they laid out the park, this could be a great place to stop. Pull-throughs are too short for MHs with cars, not adequate turning spaces, back-to-back hookups, etc. Water spigots were useless we had to run off the tank because we couldn't get a tight connection. All in all, pretty disappointing and it could have been so much better. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here during a quiet part of the summer so the campground was largely unoccupied. If full there would be a lack of privacy as many of the hookups are side by side. Interior roads and sites are firmly graveled and some can easily accommodate big rigs. Many trees are scattered throughout and the Red Water River runs along a portion of the grounds. Utilities are good but the camp’s Wi-Fi is slow (sometimes nonexistent). AT&T air card service is slow and spotty. AT&T phone service does not work at all. Our rate was based on Passport America. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Passport rate. Mostly OK park, but limited number of 50 amp sites and hookups are side by side. So you could have a neighbor that you could reach out and touch. Shared water via a Y connection. I don't like that on a site with sewer. Wi-Fi was spotty, Verizon broadband varied from slow to usable. Only saw 1 train during our 3 day stay. TV via batwing very strong, but only 4 stations. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Quiet, grassy, gravel interior roads, and level sites. Owner very friendly. Rate was Passport America with 50 Amp service. Don't know about the wi-fi as we use Verizon Air Card. Many tent sites, some on the river bank. Owner says the campground is full only during the Bike Rally (Sturgis) in August. Lots of cottonwood trees, but trimmed back so as not to interfere with slide outs. According to campground literature, only six sites have 50 Amp service. Only a few over-the-air TV stations available. Put in/Take out canoe available in the river. Railroad track adjacent to campground (this makes it an official RV Park), but no trains went by while we were there. Seemed to be no one living in the park. We'd stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The fee we paid was a Passport America rate. EXPECT quiet, clean, well established and defined sites. All side by side hookups, with strong voltage. Also laundry and dump available. DO NOT EXPECT, friendly management, or the free Wi-Fi they advertise, signal was so weak we only got 2 bars out of 5 even in direct line and near the router signal, plus they shut off the Wi-Fi at night and it was not reestablished until 8am. Most sites will not get Wi-Fi at all. DO NOT EXPECT hot showers, water was just warm enough to stand under and stayed that way despite our bringing it to their attention. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.