The best camping near Lake Thompson Recreation Area

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Arrow B Acres

3 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Canistota, SD
Our property is a 20 acre wooded oasis near interstate 90, Lake Vermillion, and Canistota. We are one of the highest points in the county and have views that stretch 20 miles with the naked eye. Take walks through the woods and see the natural springs that begin the Battle Creek, the old 1880s home foundation, the wild turkeys, bald eagles, rabbits, pheasants, deer, and other wild animals. Imagine sitting under the stars at night and having no light pollution to see the Milky Way. Just sit and relax. Easy access from the interstate, we are 6 miles from the nearest exit. We have septic, water, 30 and 50 amp hookup. Grocery store is 3 miles away, and the famous Ortman clinic is also 3 miles away.
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Requine and Relax, LLC

10 sites · RVs, Tents1000 acres · Winfred, SD
Located in the vermillion hills of South Dakota. This property has plenty of wildlife and places to let your hair down and run. We were a former feedlot that is currently under renovations to becoming an equine center. Currently has horses, chickens, and baby calves. Come experience a bit of farm life without all the work!Learn more about this land:We are in the process starting an equine center so what you see may depend on our progress. Currently we have horses, chickens, and 2 bottle calves. :) The arena and round pen are up and ready for use if you are interested!  We are willing to try to accommodate your needs. Please don't hesitate to ask. 
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Miller's Acreage

2 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Volga, SD
We live on 5 acres, surrounded by farmland. 1 mile from nearest highway. 3 acres of pasture on the east end. Camping area is on the west end, with many trees for shade on the west and south corner. 4 miles from Brookings that has shopping, antique mall, active night life bars, children's museum and more. 3 miles from Volga, small town living. 5 miles from interstate I-29. Great sunsets, and stars & moon viewing at night.
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The best camping near Lake Thompson Recreation Area guide



Come one, come all. Take a well-deserved break from big city livin’ (or even small town life), and recharge at Lake Thompson Recreation Area. Wander through the many hiking trails, and get a sense for some of South Dakota’s peaceful landscapes, whether on foot, bike, or horse. Otherwise, cool off on the epic Lake Thompson—at over 12,000 square feet, this is one of the largest natural bodies of water in the entire state. Relax on the beach with the cool, lakeside breeze, or fish for pike, sunfish, and carp in this lake that’s oh so popular with anglers. Did we mention that long ago Lake Thompson was the chosen home for Laura Ignes Wilder, author of Little Home on the Prairie? As one of the most iconic American books, you can imagine just how darn picturesque Lake Thompson is. What are you waiting for?

When to go

The ideal time to visit Lake Thompson Recreation Area is during the warmer months, from late spring to early fall, when the park is in full bloom and the lake's waters invite for boating and fishing. Winter can be harsh, with activities limited due to snow and ice.

Know before you go

  • Check the weather forecast before your visit to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
  • Be aware of park hours, which are typically from 8:30am to 5pm, to plan your activities accordingly.
  • Remember to pack essentials like sunscreen, insect repellent, and plenty of water.
  • Stay informed about any park closures or special advisories by visiting the official website or contacting customer service.
  • Accessibility varies across different areas of the park, so inquire ahead if you require special accommodations.

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