How to Camp at Lewis and Clark in Yankton, SD

How to Camp at Lewis and Clark in Yankton, SD
The highlight of the Lewis and Clark Lake Recreation Area, South Dakota's second most popular park, is the 25-mile lake. Outdoor lovers can swim, fish, sail, wind surf or hike and bike on 11.5 miles of trails. A modern resort features 24 motel units, swimming pool, lakefront restaurant and 17 two- and three-bedroom cabins. The marina at the resort offers boat rentals and a floating fuel dock. Annual passes are available; vehicle passes are required, and visitors can use credit cards to pay for services.

Tent Camping

The park has 374 tent campsites, with 82 of those available on a first-come, first served basis. All campsites have electrical service, drinking water, showers and there is a dump station on each of the three accessible sites. Some sites are on the lake; some sites are for campers with horses.

Camping Cabins

Fifteen camping log cabins have front porches, a table with benches, one double bed and a bunk bed; they are air-conditioned and heated. The park does not allow cleaning fish, smoking, cooking or pets (except service dogs) inside the one-room cabins. Reserve your cabin well in advance of your trip, as they are very popular. You can check in at 4 p.m. and check out at noon. Three cabins feature disabled access.

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor lovers can swim, sail, wind surf or hike and bike on 11.5 miles of trails. Fish from the dock or rent a boat. Consider a side trip to the nearby Pierson Ranch or Chief White Crane state parks to view bald eagles roosting in winter. Lewis and Clark Lake Recreation Area visitors enjoy snowmobiling; however, no cross-country ski trails are available.

General Information

The park doesn't allow extension cords that go from one campsite to another. Campers must follow quiet hours from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Guests of campers must leave by 11 p.m.

Article Written By Ellen Kendall

Ellen Kendall has 15 years of writing and editing experience. Her travel and insurance articles have appeared in national magazines. Her book contributions include biographies and multi-cultural and Holocaust lesson plans. She has previously served as a real estate broker and interior designer and taught ESL in Korea and at Duke.

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