The best camping near West Bend Recreation Area

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Crystal A.’s Land

4 sites · Lodging, RVs640 acres · Pukwana, SD
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Serenity Fields

20 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents240 acres · Kimball, SD
Originally settled by immigrants homesteading westward, Dakota Prairie Lodge now conducts hunting and fishing adventures and dabbles in agriculture.  Far from population centers, the peacefulness of this rural retreat is a delight.
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Harris Hideout

1 site · RV1 acre · Chamberlain, SD
Learn more about this land: Campers will park on a secondary garage concrete pad on our property. It is secluded and walking distance to the Missouri River, where you can take in nature anyway you would like! Fish, swim, paddleboard, kayak, it’s all here! We have 50 and 30 amp, along with 110 available. In addition, we have house accommodations of our walkout basement which includes a full sized bed and queen bed, full bathroom, full kitchen - all furnished, washer and dryer. This option is not always available and is of an extra charge. Contact Neoma or Gary for details.
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The best camping near West Bend Recreation Area guide



Located along the Lewis and Clark Trail, West Bend Recreation Area is kind of a big deal for its walleye and small mouth bass fishing, enhanced by stable lake levels and cool water temps. Much of the fishing around here is done from boats, and a protected marina makes it easy no matter which direction the wind is a-blowin’. In the autumn, hunters use the area as a base camp to seek out pheasants and Canadian geese. The park is also just 35 miles from the state capital of Pierre, where you can check out the Cultural Heritage Center and Discovery Center and Aquarium. If you’re lucky you can also attend a powwow, or wacipi, held annually at local Native American reservations.

When to go

The ideal time to visit West Bend Recreation Area is during the spring and fall months, when the weather is mild and the natural beauty is at its peak. Summer brings warmth and a full bloom of park life, but also larger crowds. Winters can be harsh, with some amenities and areas possibly closed due to snow or ice.

Know before you go

  • Check the weather forecast and prepare for sudden changes in conditions when planning your visit.
  • Ensure you have a valid park pass and are aware of any park-specific regulations or closures.
  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for hiking and other activities amid the park's diverse terrain.
  • Be mindful of wildlife and maintain a safe distance; this is their habitat.
  • Facilities may vary by season, so verify the availability of restrooms and picnic areas ahead of time.

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