8.4 Good
     
Pierre, South Dakota

Farm Island Recreation Area

Pierre, South Dakota


523 E Capitol Ave
Pierre, South Dakota 57501
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 90
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 44.344076380751
Longitude: -100.27695165607
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 yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • 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 yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • 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
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 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 yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • 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 no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • 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 ?
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

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11 Reviews

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

As soon as we arrived here at Farm Island we decided we wanted to try to stay longer. The park is clean, spacious, and quite lovely. The sites are mostly level with electric hook ups. Dump station and Waterfill is conveniently located. There are full-service restrooms throughout as well. As for toilets not only within the park but in various aspects of trails. The day use area is easily accessible with a nice playground.

Throughout the waterline there is a beach so that people are in swimming rafting and boating. Large boat launch is down a path again conveniently located from the campground. There is Wi-Fi. We did not try over the airTV reception. No laundry on site but there is a clean, well maintained laundry mat just minutes away. We were able to find some delicious restaurants see tips.

Don't miss seeing the Capital: not only driving by, but walk-through. They have a self-guided tour booklet on entry. There are parks throughout the city and lots of good hiking and biking trails. The heritage museum is also very unique and shouldn't be missed. We camped at Farm Island Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Be sure to go and visit the Capitol building where there is a delightful self guided tour. Everyone will recommend going to cattlemen's club/restaurant and we can totally agree. We had their delicious tender steaks and homemade buffalo fries. We also went into town for dinner one night to La Minestra an Italian restaurant with large, delicious and unique portions.

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Review Count: 105
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Farm Island Recreation Area is a pretty spot with large, level sites and 50 amp electrical hookups. There is a convenient water and dump station near the entrance. We arrived, happily with reservations, on an August Friday afternoon and the campground was nearly full. There were many families and the kids had a blast swimming in the lake. The lake is fed by the Missouri River. It has a sandy bottom and is pretty shallow for a good distance out - making it perfect for children. By Sunday evening the place was nearly empty and we pretty much had the campground to ourselves the rest of our stay. Here are a few things you might want to know if you plan on visiting Farm Island. For out of state reservations they also tack on $7.50 per reservation. Also, in addition to the camping fee there is a South Dakota State Parks vehicle entry fee of $6 a day. If you plan on visiting Custer State Park later on you probably want to just get the $30 annual pass instead. I had no problem getting satellite TV which is a good thing because I don't think there was any over the air TV. My Verizon signal was solid. When I tested the water with our TDS meter it reported numbers as high as 1000. That's really high and at the limit of what is considered fit for human consumption. I suggest you bring drinking water. Finally, the flies are real pests throughout this area. Be prepared to defend yourself unless the wind is blowing. We camped at Farm Island 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
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is such a nice state park. The sites are spaced great and so many of the sites have a lake view. The down side is the dog owners. On our arrival the Ranger told us that up to April 1st they don't require dog owners to use leashes. That is too bad because people just take advantage of rules like this. We were there after the 1st and people came out in the evening and let their dogs run as they drove alongside them in a car. Also people played with their kids on the playground as the dogs were allowed to run freely. Many campers didn't have their dogs tied up so as we tried to walk our dog we had dogs running after us. Also you can not allow dogs to run free and not expect the park to be full of dog poop. This is such a nice park, but a very bad policy. We camped at Farm Island Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
41
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 244
States Visited: 54
Helpful Reviews: 28

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

Beautiful campground. There is no water at the site, although there are locations where fresh water is available to fill your holding tanks. Almost every site has a view of the water. The only issue we had were the "biting" flies which kept us inside in the afternoon. We camped at Farm Island Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
E-15
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 77
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 36

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

A great SD state park! Two loops. 1-70 are mostly very, very spacious, level, but don't have much shade due to storms and floods in the past several years. Pretty much any of the lake front sites are great for big rigs, but the site we were in (22E) probably had the largest yard and no close neighbors. Great sandy beach front for sitting, relaxing, and dog swimming. The boat rental shack was near, so there was some traffic on the weekend, but certainly not disturbing. Sites 70+ in the seperate loop had more shade, but were closer together and much less lake frontage.

A few dings: tow vehicle requires a daily, or annual ($30) pass. Wood ticks are abundant!! If you hike the lovely trails on the island, be prepared to pick many, many ticks off people, and especially dogs. Electric only, but if you have a site near a comfort station, you may be able to fill fresh water from that spigot. The two lane dump/fresh water fill station is busy and confusing for many. Only garbage can in the entire park is across from dump station, but they do have recycling, which we love to see. We camped at Farm Island Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
22E
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

The SD cultural center was very cool and very interesting. Oahe dam is impressive, but if you want a tour, bring IDs! Weird, but the worlds largest Mennards is located in Pierre :-). Hike the (very) easy trails on Farm Island...interesting history, cool ruins, and pretty trails (just be aware of ticks!!). We stopped here to get SD driver's licenses, and while the exam station is only open Wed and Thur, the gals there are super friendly, helpful, and funny!

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Review Count: 231
States Visited: 45
Helpful Reviews: 34

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Large, long and level sites. Lots of grass and natural grasslands in and around the park. Dump station and fresh water fill available in park. We camped at Farm Island Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

It wasn't peak season when we were there but it's a beautiful park, quiet, and large spaces. No sewer at our lot, not sure if they have some with sewer or not. We chose this one as it was right on the water. Gorgeous park. Well maintained, quiet, and affordable. I would give it a 10 if there was Wi-Fi, cable/satellite TV, and sewer at each site, but that is not typical for any state, county, or city park. We camped at Farm Island Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 56
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 5

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

Had the campground nearly all to myself. Good showers with a wide spray. Needed that since the humidity along the Missouri River was more than this California boy could handle. Would stay here again - the humidity isn't the park's fault. I just wonder why the previous reviewer paid $4 less than I did. We camped at Farm Island Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful! We stayed in the East Campground and had an end site right on the Reservoir. We were on our way to Sioux Falls so only stayed one night. We wished we were staying longer. Even though we only had electric hookups, they have a dump station and a fresh water station for those staying longer. We enjoyed our one night of camping here. Sat outside and watched the jet skiers on the water. Nice. We camped at Farm Island Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Clean and well maintained sites with electric only. Has good spacing and sizable gravel pads. All seemed level. Right on the Missouri River back bay, boat launch and away from highway so it's quiet. About four miles from the city center and convenient shopping. We camped at Farm Island Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 106
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 5

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

Restrooms & Showers were clean. Site was fairly level, one jack sunk 6", cracked a board. Sites nicely spread out and some have shade. State Park, asphalt road, one way. Quiet Park. Would definitely camp again. We camped at Farm Island Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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