8.3 Good
Lake Preston, South Dakota

Lake Thompson State Recreation Area

Lake Preston, South Dakota

21176 Flood Club Rd
Lake Preston, South Dakota 57249
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Sites: 103
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 44.319119816804
Longitude: -97.428152561188

Elevation: 1703' (approximate)
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 ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $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 ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
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
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • 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
  • 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 ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

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Review Details

Ratings overview

7 Reviews

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Wonderful campground with spacious sites. Everything very clean. Sites all fairly close to lake. Very quiet area. Can be windy at times but that is South Dakota. Price does not include state park admission fee. Nice grounds - everything very well kept up. We camped at Lake Thompson State Recreation Area in a Truck Camper.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my truck camper and a trailer too
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

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

Look at Google earth or other maps depending on the space you want (from neighbors) and proximity to lake. If it is windy, choose a site with some trees to buffer wind. We loved our site.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground was a total surprise to us - really pretty on the shores of a very large lake with sites well spaced on level gravel pads. The whole place looks new but it is several years old and very well maintained. Electric on all sites (50 & 30 amp). No sewer or water on sites but there are four sewer dumps, water and a fish cleaning station in a large paved parking lot. Boat launch and tent sites as well as five cabins are also part of the park. Very dark at night but a campground host makes frequent passes. We arrived on a Sunday evening and the campground had been full that weekend but there were only about five coaches there when we arrived. The entry is about 3 miles off the main highway (US 14) on a paved road that had a couple of breakups. The breakups were washboard when we came in but had been bladed and temporarily repaired by the time we went out the next day. All roads on the campground were in excellent condition. There is also a marked swimming beach. We will return here for a longer stay. We camped at Lake Thompson State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice campground, clean well spaced sites. Minutes from the Laura Ingalls Homestead which was why we were there. The only reason we gave this a 7 out of 10 were the flies. There were so many flies we could not even eat breakfast outside even while moving around. Other then that, this is a beautiful park. We camped at Lake Thompson State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful park just outside DeSmet and right on the shores of Lake Thompson. 50 amp, electric only. Sites are gravel and back-in but have nice big lots with grass and a picnic table. Only reason I'm not giving it a higher rating is the flies were horrible when we were there and the site had cigarette butts all over and junk in the firepit which they came right away and cleaned up when we told them but they were not busy so not sure why it hadn't been done. We camped at Lake Thompson State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This was a beautiful place to stay. Extremely well maintained with long back in spaces. Of all the parks in the DeSmet area this was by far the most beautiful and a great deal for the money. We did not find more than 30amp, but it was very adequate to run air conditioning. This is a great family place with lots to do. The early history featuring Laura Ingalls Wilder made for many fun adventures. We highly recommend this beautiful park. We camped at Lake Thompson State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2007 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Great view of Lake Thompson, and location convenient to the DeSmet area. Lots of lilacs in bloom. Nice path for jogging. As far as I could tell, only pit toilets were available, and they were not disgusting but not very clean, either. Pleasant grassy sites with asphalt pads. Very quiet except for the wind off the lake. Good campground for the price! We camped at Lake Thompson State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 213
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: September, 2006 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a terrific park near De Smet, SD. The sites are fairly large and angled for easy in and out, many are near the lake and beach. We didn't see any pull-thru's. We had site #18 with 50 amp electric, a deep double wide gravel drive and a beautiful view of the lake for only $14 a night; we have a 30 ft class A. Many of the sites are a bit sloped and many only have small trees but these are very minor negatives to what is overall a fantastic park. The bathhouses were in great shape and very clean (the whole park was very, very clean), the showers had plenty of hot water and places to put your stuff. There is a nice walking trail, boat launch, fish cleaning station and easily accessed double dump set-up with potable water. They also have cabins with decks and good proximity to the water. The camp hosts and ranger were extremely helpful during bad weather. When the area went under tornado watch and then warning they went around and advised campers of the weather threat and they opened the camp lodge (it has a basement) for shelter if needed. The staff at many places would not make the effort. De Smet is a nice little town, we really enjoyed the tours of the Surveyor's house and the Ingalls' house made famous by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books. We camped at Lake Thompson State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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