“With the brisk weather and changing tree colors, fall camping is some of the best camping you can do all year,” said state park director Katie Ceroll. “It’s an ideal time for a quiet weekend getaway or as a base camp during hunting season.”
Camping reservations for the South Dakota state parks are taken throughout the year and can be made as late as the day of arrival. Any sites not reserved are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Additionally, campsites and cabins at Custer State Park can be reserved up to one year in advance, and up to 90 days prior to arrival at all other campsites and cabins.
Group campsites located at Custer State Park and Lewis and Clark Recreation Area can also be booked one year in advance. Group lodges that can be reserved one year ahead of time include:
• Lake Thompson Recreation Area near Lake Preston
• Mina Lake Recreation Area near Aberdeen
• Newton Hills State Park near Canton
• Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre
• Palisades State Park near Garretson
• Shadehill Recreation Area near Lemmon
• Sheps Canyon Recreation Area on Angostura Reservoir near Hot Springs
Camping reservations can be made online at campsd.com or by calling 1.800.710.2267.