8.4 Good
     
Interior, South Dakota

Badlands / White River KOA

Interior, South Dakota



Interior, South Dakota
Phone: (605) 433-5337

Sites: 139
Recent Rate: $46 8/2016

Latitude: 43.69206475477
Longitude: -101.93261146545

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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 no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $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 yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • 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 yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • 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 yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • 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) no
  • 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 no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • Hiking Hiking no
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • 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 yes
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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121 Reviews

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $46.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an excellent location, with plenty of nice shade trees along the White River and just a few minutes from the entrance to Badlands NP. The staff was friendly, the campground was very neat, and although some of the facilities (bathrooms/showers) are dated, they were clean. The park offers about a dozen channels via cable.

We were able to get cell service (4G on AT&T) towards the front of the park, which is good considering the remote location. The park does offer several Wi-Fi spots. They worked near the main buildings but not anywhere else.

We liked our site, it was reasonably spacious, but most importantly the numerous mature trees gave us relief from the summer sun. (Other loops were wide open with no cover.) One notable quirk was the sewer connection at the far *front* of our site rather than the back of the site where our sewer outlet is located. We managed using an extra length of hose.

We stayed two nights in site #10. We would happily return. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

For lunch, I highly recommend the Sioux Indian tacos at Cedar Pass Lodge right by the main visitor's center in Badlands NP.

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Review Count: 73
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the best KOAs we've stayed in; well run and nicely kept up by really friendly folks. This is the best CG in the area because of the big cottonwood trees - other CGs are pretty much in full sun. These sites are nice and level; all lined up as angled pull-thrus with grassy space in between and many with some trees for decent shade. Nice pool, lawn space, playground, bike rentals, badminton and other recreational activities make this a real family-friendly place. Cable offering was weak and Verizon service was intermittent at best, but CG WiFi was really good most of the time. Bathrooms and laundry facility are due for an upgrade, but aside from that this place is really outstanding. We stayed for 5 nights and would come back in a heartbeat! We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Bring all of the groceries that you need as there is nothing anywhere close to nearby. This KOA does offer breakfast every morning and I think they have pizzas available, as well.

See Badlands at different times of the day to observe and photograph how the sun hits these rock formations - stunning.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the best KOA's Ihave stayed at. Nice people, shaded site, easy access in and out. An oasis in the badlands. Highly recommend. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 85
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $62.00
Overall Rating:      

I will try to be fair with the campground based on the front part of their campground because of the shading, levelness, and spacing. However, we elected to get a more expensive premuim site that was located at the back of the campground. The site we had did not have any shade at all, even with the one tree between the sites. Our site looked like a converted roadway because it was about 100' long, a total waste of space. The campground's yard waste area appeared to be about 75' from our camper which was very unsightly. Our patio was not completed. It had very sharp edges which were quite dangerous, there were stacked pavers on the patio creating a trip hazard, and several pallets of pavers stored near our camper. The new grills electric spark did not work, the wifi did not work, and the cable signal did not reach this premium site.

We went back to the owners to move to another site but were told no other sites were available but if we could leave within 1 hour he would refund our money. He said he would even give us the numbers of other campgrounds to call. After traveling 10 hours and already setting up our site we decided to stay but asked for a $10 discount because of the above issues. He told us that he could rent this site out the moment we left and refused the discount. He exhibited a total disregard to customer service which an employee later reinforced after we told our story to him by telling us that the owners would not care about a bad review because they get plenty of business.

Upon leaving we again spoke to the owner and he finally agreed that a premium site would have wifi and cable, but still offered no discount and told us that this type of site in the area with these services are $195 a night, a total lie.

So if you elect to stay here, stay in the front and do not pay for the premium site. It is far from premium.

We will not be staying here again. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
141
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Badlands National Park and the Minuteman Missle Park but get to the visitor center early if you want to go in the underground control center. The tickets for the day are gone in 10 minutes.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

Very hot during our visit so the pool was crowded and since everyone wanted the AC running, the electric kept dipping. We did have to turn off our AC a couple times when the electricity couldn't keep up. The facilities were nice, though they could be cleaner, and my only serious wish would be for air conditioning in the bathrooms. They were so hot that with the shower steam it was unpleasant. Our site was enormous- a double wide that had additional parking next to where we placed our camper. We didn't really need all that room but for a large trailer and truck, it would be fantastic. This is a great option to offer! We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Tent Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my tent trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

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

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

The park is about 3 miles from the Badlands NP Southern entrance. It is very clean and they have an excellent dog run area. It is the largest of any we stayed at. They also offer a station for washing your dog just to the outside of the run area. They have a very nice pool (which we did not use). It is very quiet at night.

Their WiFi was very sporadic. Their antenna was just inside the office and pointed out toward the north. I was in eyesite of the office and still had problems with the reception.

All in all it was a very nice campgrpund. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a small store in town but it is very limited. If you go to the town of Wall there is a mid size grocery store there on a side street. They had fresh produce and meat. This store is about 30 miles from the campground.

Take advantage of the new Minuteman missle NM which is located just off of I-90 at exit 116 for the silo and exit 131 for the main building. There is a limited number of tickets handed out at 8:00 am each day to be able to take the elevator down to the launch room.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

This was a beautiful park on the White River near the Badlands Interior entrance. You went a few miles down a road and then dropped down into river bottom with lots of large Cottonwoods. Very shady and cool, which is a rare find in the Badlands! Excellent spot to access the park. Quiet, even though it was busy. Clean bathrooms and showers. Nice setup to do dishes outside. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Tent Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my tent trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Easy access to Badlands National Park

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

The season was just starting, so lots of preparation going on.

One of the oldest KOA franchises and the new owners take their work seriously.

Yes, the sites are a bit close, but everything else was excellent! Loads of open space to walk your dogs and a very large fenced in dog area.

Cable was included. Every service you would need.

Very caring and helpful staff.

Only a couple of miles to the Badlands National Park.

We'd stay there again. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
80
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Interior is a town of 67 pop. An interesting place to visit. Very remote, but the people are intriguing. Not one complained about their lot in life.

For an excellent view of the park, take a helicopter ride. Awesome!

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

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $49.00
Overall Rating:      

Level sites with adequate length (just barely) for our truck/trailer. As with most KOA's, sites are very close together. Our fire pit was about 7' from our neighbor's sewer connection, so not ideal for enjoying a campfire or picnic outside. Unfortunately, our site was right across from the dump station, but most of the sites on either end of the lane were nice: landscaped with flowers, trees, and nice grass area.

Our site had lots of weeds about 18" high. One of my complaints with KOA's is that assign you a spot. I'm not sure what it takes to get a nice end spot? On the bright side, this KOA had great trees! The owners worked round the clock improving the property. They have apparently owned it for about 2 years, and it is clear that they have their heart and soul into this property. There were lots of kids, and they were in heaven playing mini golf, riding around on little recumbent bikes and enjoying the playground. The swimming pool wasn't open due to repairs which was unfortunate given it was the Memorial Day weekend. But they were working diligently to get it ready. It rained when we were here, and the campsites drained very well. The general store was nice and not too expensive.

No Verizon cell service except one tiny spot by the office. This isn't the fault of the KOA. The beautiful Badlands are in the middle of nowhere. We got in a few cable TV stations. There was free wifi but very slow connection.

Nothing much in Interior, SD. Very small with one rundown little grocery store so stock up before getting here. We checked out other campgrounds in the area (within 4-5 miles), and this KOA was by far the best. (Two other campgrounds) looked to be all sun and also tightly packed. Did I mention the lovely trees at this KOA!! We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We loved the hiking trails in the Badlands. They are interesting and unique. Biking along Old Northeast Highway through the peaceful pastures was enjoyable. We absolutely loved the day spent at the Minuteman Missile National Historical Site.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Paid full price, but because they were just getting started for the season, most of their amenities weren't available. This is a slightly older park, so sites are and interior roads are a little tight, but manageable. This is good location for exploring Badlands region. Watch for numerous sheep deer and antelope. Would consider this park again, hopefully all services will be open. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
82
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

Everything worked well. Good WiFi. Trees provided shade but blocked our satellite. Inviting pool, mini golf, Indian tacos for $7.50, good play equipment, wide sites and great pull-throughs. Good roads. Would definitely stay here again. Real pride of ownership park! We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
81
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Get mapping directions from owner. Don't use I-90.

Outstanding Indian tacos in Badlands NP Made by real Sioux Indians from grandma's recipe. Their fry bread base is delicious. I've eaten Indian tacos about 50 times, and these are #1. Also, try the SDstate dessert, Kuchin.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice for a KOA. Usually not our favorite campgrounds. Great owners. Very close to Badlands National Park - a must see. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

Can't remember how much we paid but we received a significant amount off the fee because of acquired KOA points. Stayed in this campground several nights while visiting the Badlands. Only AT&T cell connection across the street and up a hill. Sites close together. Nice walking trail around the campground. Nice dog park. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $62.00
Overall Rating:      

I go out of my way to avoid KOA parks. In 25 years of RV'ing I've stayed in 5 or 6. With the exception of a KOA park in San Padre, TX I find them to be overpriced and lacking in amenities.

This park is by far the worst the worst. We reserved a 50 amp pull thru with full hookups and satellite availability. The park is gravel and dying grass. Staff acted like they were doing us a favor to take our $124.00 for 2 nights. I returned to the office when I saw there was no satellite line of site. At first the host told me none were available when I made my reservation. I informed her the person on the phone assured me there would be satellite line of site. A man sitting nearby then told me they just bought the park a couple of months ago and relied on notes from the prior owner relative to satellite line of site. Apparently they are too busy to correct the prior owners note. When I suggested this should not be the customers problem the owner stormed out of the office leaving his wife to apologize.

These folks won't be in business long. Perhaps the next owners will behave as hosts.

Also no Verizon and slooow internet. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2nd loop
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed one night - passing thru to Yellowstone. Clean campground-most of the employees were super nice and helpful. Perfect location to the Badlands-I think the entrance was only 4-5 miles away. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Tent Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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