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Brandon, South Dakota

Big Sioux Recreation Area

Brandon, South Dakota



Brandon, South Dakota
Phone: (605) 582-7243

Sites: 50
Recent Rate: $25 6/2016

Latitude: 43.573298018104
Longitude: -96.594693859833

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field yes
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

11 Reviews

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Review Count: 182
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This is our second visit to this park. Nothing much has changed except the fees have gone up 10%. They charge a $7.70 fee for out of state visitors plus taxes so your advertised $19 electric only campsite will end up costing you $28 plus the $4/person or $6/car entry fee. Despite the somewhat high cost, this is still a nice little park with well spaced sites. A sign on the entry post says you must have a reservation to stay here & I watched a guy struggling to make a reservation on his phone. The entry post wasn't staffed at the time so I don't know if they can get you a reservation on the spot or if you still have to get online to do it yourself. I'd recommend you just arrive with a reservation to eliminate any hassle. All sites are pretty much the same with full shade and approx. 60' long level gravel back-ins. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Lovely campground! Very level, deep sites. Mature trees but nothing in the way when you back in. Nice fire pit and picnic table. Very spacious in between sites--at least 20 yards between sites. We were in Site 33E but any site on our loop was great. Also liked Sites 17E, 42E, and 46E. Bathrooms were OK but quite a few bugs--not unlike most state park bathrooms. The rate of $25/night was a good value (electric only) but requires an additional State Park pass ($30 annual or $7 week?). Dumpsters were full when we were there. Firewood was $5/bundle and you pick the pieces. There was an excellent Frisbee golf course on the property and a great bike/running trail right along the Big Sioux River. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
33E
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Falls Park in downtown Sioux Falls was beautiful. Palisade State Park was a few miles away from the campground (requires South Dakota park pass) with scenic (but short) hiking trails. We went to Devil's Gulch but didn't think it was worth the time (unless you're a diehard Jesse James history buff).

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Review Count: 108
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 57

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

We really enjoyed our stay here. Even though the sites are electric only (50 amp), the showers were very modern and clean so we used them daily. The sites are huge with lots of space between each site and lots of grass. The sites are almost all in the shade which was also a plus considering it was hot in July. Those with satellite dishes may have problems. There's a very large grassy field in the center of the main loop, a long walk/bike path through the park, and a Frisbee Golf course. Even though the park is along the Big Sioux River, there's no easy access to the river as it's down a steep embankment. We love places where our dogs can get wet to cool off, but we were rarely able to take advantage of that here. The nearby town of Brandon has most things you could need, but if not it's only a little further to Sioux Falls which has everything else. We had strong AT&T and Verizon signal throughout the park. We wanted to stay longer, but the campground was sold out every weekend so we could only stay during weekdays when it was half empty. The large campsites, peaceful surroundings, and large clean showers were the big draws for us. If they had water at each site we'd rate it even higher. There's fresh water at the dump station near the entrance, and at two or three spigots around the park. We'd definitely return. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice clean state park!! Nothing better than getting away and this is a great place! We have stayed here many times on our way through the area and will again!! We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
6
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 182
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground with long, level gravel back-in sites suitable for any size rigs. If desired, you can reserve a site online but that will cost you an additional $7. With taxes and a $4-6 entry fee per car, we paid about $28 per night for a 2 night stay--a little steep for an electric only site. All sites are 50A electric only & generously spaced apart with a picnic table & fire ring. I only saw a couple of water spigots so bring plenty of fresh water. There is a dump if needed. Heavy shade will likely prevent satellite access. Both Verizon & ATT had good signals. There are some nice bike trails in the park and in downtown Sioux Falls. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the best State Parks we have stayed in. Very secluded, yet close to activities in Sioux Falls. Definitely would stay here again if we are in the area. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
35E
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

See the Falls park in Sioux Falls. Very pretty and interesting rock formations and falls. Observation tower really was a plus.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

A nice state park with big sites and plenty of shad. Plenty of room between sites and easy to get in. Bathroom facilities were good. Good walking trails near the river. We also paid the additional $6 entrance fee to the park. Near shopping areas. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 163
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

We also had to pay an entrance fee of $6 which made our camping cost us $22. The staff was excellent and helped us with every question we had. The park is close to shopping. There are only electric hookups here; the new 50 Amp service is spot on. Our dish antenna couldn't get a signal through the thick tree coverage. The mosquitos were really bad so bring lots of repellent. We would certainly stay here again. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Sites are sand and gravel, long and pretty level. Great mature shade. Hosts nice. Extra 5.00 for entrance to park. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2007 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Paths were good for a power wheelchair but it might have been a little rough for a manual chair. The showers were good for wheelchair access. I don't know if 50 amp was available or not but it wasn't at our site we had 20 and 30 amp service But I am only set up for up to 30 amp anyways so it didn't matter. The price was $14 for the night if you have a state park sticker at $23 but we didn't have one and where not sure if we would be back in SD again this year so we got the $5 one day pass. The area was nicely kept clean and lots of trees where you couldn't see your neighbor at some sites and others you could see your neighbor which was nice if you like a little privacy. The pick nick table at our site was great for wheelchairs as the table extended past the seat by about 2 to 3 feet. I would stay here again even though it was only electric. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2006 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

Very clean and quiet SD State park, with several cabins to rent also. Right on the Big Sioux river for fishing; has several paved bicycle paths. I would definitely stay here again. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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