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Fort Thompson, South Dakota

Tailrace Left Campground COE

Fort Thompson, South Dakota



Fort Thompson, South Dakota
Phone: (605) 245-2255

Sites: 123
Recent Rate: $22 8/2016

Latitude: 44.040473223292
Longitude: -99.444487094879

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • 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 no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • 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 no
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
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers 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
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • 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) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • 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 yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

12 Reviews

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful view of the Missouri River, large sites, many back to back. Not much around for restaurants, but very relaxing. We camped at Tailrace Left Campground COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
21a
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Plan to bring it with you.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice, large COE campground just below the Big Bend Dam, along the left tailrace (Dam Outflow). Excellent fishing here. Fish cleaning stations provided, which stayed busy as most people were catching lots of fish!

Big Bend is a fairly large dam on the Missouri River. Lakes both above and below dam were very large offering the full range of boating activities. Dump station provided, no sewer connections. Water and Electric at site. Sites were large and had fire ring and picnic table. Excellent place to camp when crossing South Dakota. Small Indian casino and convenience store nearby in Fort Thompson on the Indian reservation. We camped at Tailrace Left Campground COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
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
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Excellent place to catch Bass & Walleye.

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Review Count: 164
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

There has been 50 Amp service added to the park since it was reviewed last. Also, a new state of the art fish cleaning station has recently been added. There is no water on your parking site here so you need to bring in your own water or use a faucet in the park to fill your tank. The parking is fine gravel on asphalt and our site was easy to level up on. This place is all about fishing and some nice walleyes are caught here. We were here for only night so we weren't able to fish. There is a nice dump station to use as you leave. We would definitely return here. We camped at Tailrace Left Campground COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
1
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
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
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Review Count: 143
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of our favorite campgrounds. There is plenty of space between sites and the dog has plenty of room to roam without bothering the neighbors. The campground is clean and the host checks the fire pits every day to make sure there isn't any trash left behind by departing campers. The ranger drives through a couple of times daily and is friendly and helpful. Bathrooms are cleaned daily and the shower water is hot. Boat docks and boat ramp are excellent. Verizon MiFi and AT&T cell phones work well. Rate reflects our Senior Pass discount. We camped at Tailrace Left Campground COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
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
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

One of our favorite places. The park is clean and well maintained. Hosts are friendly and nearby boating opportunities abound. We camped at Tailrace Left Campground COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Type
Back in
Power Hookups
20 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 143
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Good COE park for folks who want to fish. They have good boat ramps and boats can be tied up on shore if desired. All campsites are big and allow plenty of space between you and your neighbors. Park staff is excellent. Rangers drive through the campground several times a day and are always available to answer questions and assist in any way they can. We camped at Tailrace Left Campground COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This is called the Left Tailrace Campground at the COE Big Bend Dam. It was closed for over a year due to damage by the Missouri River Flood in 2011. The sites are level and the pull-throughs are over 60'. Lots of shade trees. Because it is not back on the reservation system, and was late in opening this year because of repair delays, it is not very busy. The restrooms are NOT clean and don't look like they get any regular cleaning. The campground is mowed, but no attention to detail like trimming. Fair Verizon signal. Prices for COE campgrounds have gone up in general but with Golden Age it was $9 per night. There are scattered water faucets and the dump station is about a 1/4 mile down the road. We camped at Tailrace Left Campground COE in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice Corp Of Engineers park. Clean bathrooms and showers. Easy bike riding, friendly rangers. Lots of fishermen there, seemed to be the ideal spot for that. Nice sites, and a nicely kept park. Would stay there again if I am ever in the area. We camped at Tailrace Left Campground COE in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

I love this campground. We are from Sioux Falls, SD and we come back here every year in May. It is quiet and the fishing is great. While we are there the bathrooms are cleaned everyday. The water in the showers is always warm. The sites are very clean and there are a lot of things for kids to do. There are very few bugs in May. We have been coming to this campground for the last 6 years and we will keep coming back probably for the rest of lives. I have been to several campgrounds in SD, and this campground is by far my favorite. We camped at Tailrace Left Campground COE in a Tent.

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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

The review of May 2008 provides a good description of this campground although I rate it a point higher. It appears that routine cleaning and maintenance have been neglected. The bathrooms were filthy and trash needs to be picked up on the grounds. Otherwise, it is a typical Army Corps of Engineers park. The rate quoted was with the 50% Senior Pass discount. We camped at Tailrace Left Campground COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 53
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2008 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a Corps of Engineer Recreation site. The sites are wide and paved with good shade. Its located just below the Big Bend Dam near Fort Thompson. Fishing is available above the dam in Lake Sharpe and below the dam in Lake Francis Case. Excellent walleye and small mouth bass fishing. The campground is fine with playground equipment for kids. A boat ramp is available both up and down stream. The bathrooms were Terrible with a capital T. You will catch a disease in these bathrooms. No water hookup at each site but there are valves throughout the park. No sewer, but there is a dump about 1/2 mile away on the dam service road. Grass is well maintained. If you go fishing, and you should, be careful when the wind comes up. The lake gets very treacherous and waves could swamp you. The campground is located on federal property and the area is located in the Crow Creek and Lower Brule Indian Reservations. Fort Thompson is located 2 miles away. They have one fuel station with reasonably priced fuel and a small grocery and live bait. There is also a nice Casino and motel in town. We camped at Tailrace Left Campground COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 46
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 3

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

This is a (Public Corps) campground and is a very scenic and enjoyable camp. It has boat launching docks and also great bank fishing. We camped at Tailrace Left Campground COE in a Travel Trailer.

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