Camping in the pines. Camping next to the lake. Camping underneath an endless prairie sky. Camping next to the rippling waters of a mountain stream. When you decide to go camping in South Dakota, your choice is limitless. And when you pull into one of the state’s private campgrounds, you can count on finding the very finest camping amenities to go with our natural wonders. In fact, South Dakota's campgrounds have long been ranked as some of the highest rated in the region.

South Dakota Four RegionsSouth Dakota is divided into four distinct areas. If you visit the northeast section of our state, you’ll find a landscape dotted with beautiful little lakes created eons ago when ice sheets withdrew from the area.

The Glacial Lakes Region offers shady leaf trees, fishing and boating, small farming communities with unique history and culture and lovely hiking and biking paths.

Camping in the state’s Southeast Region means relaxing along the Missouri River, or enjoying outdoor recreation along a number of tributaries such as the Sioux, the James and the Vermillion rivers that empty into this great watercourse as it flows toward the Mississippi.

The Great Lakes Region in central South Dakota is home to enormous reservoirs, created by the dams that back up the Missouri River all the way to the North Dakota border and beyond. Fish for giant walleye, enjoy miles of boating pleasure, or venture into the National Grasslands that stretch to the horizon under brilliant blue skies.

Of course, millions of vacationers head west to the Black Hills and Badlands region every year to see some of our nation’s most important landmarks and parks – Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Badlands National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Devils Tower National Monument, Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park. The pine-clad mountains offer an infinite variety of recreational activities, all easily accessible from the area’s many campgrounds.

So pack the tent, hook up the trailer or jump into your motorhome. South Dakota campgrounds have it all!

Camping in the Badlands of South Dakota


Welcome to the state of Great Faces and Great Places! We’re thrilled that you have chosen South Dakota as your camping destination. There is nothing better than experiencing the great outdoors in South Dakota.  We have beautiful vistas, rolling prairies, refreshing lakes, evergreen forests, and granite peaks.

There’s plenty to do while you’re here — rock climbing, hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, sailing, or simply sightseeing. All we ask is one thing — that you have a great time while you’re at it.

South Dakota has more than 12,000 private and public campsites. We know there is a spot just right for you. Stay awhile, and get to know those who call our state home. Everyone is happy to make your stay in South Dakota one that you will remember for a lifetime.

At the end, grab your marshmallows and gather around the fire pit to tell stories of your great journey.  Thanks for coming!

Dennis Daugaard