This was a gem of a State Park that we found out in the “boonies” next to the Missouri River in South Dakota
- Site Quality = 4.5/5
Really nice sites here. Long paved or gravel pads, mostly level and many have electric to boot. Bench and fire-pit at each plus plenty of sites with shade. Around the edge of the loop most sites will have a open view of the river and all are within walking distance of access to swimming.
- Facilities = 5/5
Awesome facilities for a State Park. They’ve got flush and vault toilets, full showers plus a central dump & water station. Also on-site are several playgrounds, a swimming beach and trails that skirt the water and go to the pier. The pier also has a restaurant and a small general store.
- Location = 4/5
This campground is set right alongside the Missouri River on rolling hills which is just a beautiful location. Direct access to the water and beautiful views. The only negative (or positive depending on your viewpoint) is that you’re a bit out there. You’re ~14 miles from Platte which is a small 6-block town with a single grocer.
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
They’re very pet friendly here. Pooch can’t swim on the “official” beach, but can go in the water at any other point and there’s trails to walk alongside the river. Plenty of space to hang out in the grass next to your site too.
Overall Rating = 4.6
BONUS ALERT = Take a dip in the Missouri right outside your RV
Summary: I have to admit this is one of the nicest State Parks we’ve stayed at so far. The area is gorgeous set in rolling hills right alongside the Missouri River. We all love the water, including the dog, and the river was literally 10 feet from our RV spot so we spent our days going for dips and drying off in the sun. The sites are all large, quite level and many have electric and nice shade plus views of the river on the outside of the loop. The park is a bit “out there” being 14 miles from the nearest (very small) town and I gather it gets full in the week-ends. However during the week it’s empty and you have your own little slice of heaven practically all to yourself. Definitely a keeper and one to come back to.
Extra Info: Verizon wireless worked flawlessly. AT&T phones did not. Sites cost $16/night for electric. Potable water and dump station on-site.
Where Are We Today?Deception Pass State Park, Whidbey Island, WA
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