RV Camping South Dakota - Boondocking Along The Wall
RV Camping and Campgrounds In South Dakota
RV camping in South Dakota is hard to beat! Fabulous scenery, interesting history, and of course the
faces on Mt Rushmore all await you. From RV resorts, to basic service public campgrounds, there is
something for everyone in South Dakota. Free dispersed camping (boondocking) is available on USDA
Forest Service administered lands.
South Dakota Private RV Parks and Campgrounds
Private RV Parks - Research tool for
finding the best private RV parks and campgrounds in South Dakota.
Federal RV Camping Information
Park Service - NPS information about National Parks and other NPS administered lands in South
Dakota. Great RV camping destinations.
Service - USFS information about dispersed camping (boondocking) and developed campgrounds at
the USDA National Forests and Grasslands in South Dakota.
- Bureau of Land Management - BLM information about recreation opportunities in South
- US Army Corps of Engineers - USACE/COE information about Corps managed lakes
and campgrounds in South Dakota.
State RV Camping Information
- State Parks - RV camping is available throughout South Dakota's beautiful state park
- Division of Wilidlife - South Dakota has many developed campgrounds associated with
wildlife and fishing areas. .pdf file of facilities.
Official State Tourism Website - Where to go, and
what to do in
South Dakota. Includes RV camping suggestions.
Camping Reservations - Make your campground reservation in advance and your
campsite will be waiting for you when you arrive.
South Dakota RV Dump Stations
Free and Low Cost RV Camping and Campgrounds
Dakota Camping Location Maps - Map
of public campgrounds across South Dakota. This map shows only a few of
all free and low cost camping locations available. Map
features can be zoomed in, and panned for exact location.
Free overnight camping, or $5 for electric hookup at Arlington City
10 miles east of town in Buffalo Gap National Grassland. French
Creek Campground offers pit toilets and fire pits.
National Wildlife Refuge allows free camping in designated
Free RV camping
is allowed a few miles south of Wall on National Grassland managed
lands. This free dispersed camping (boondocking) location is one of our Featured Campgrounds with maps, directions, and photos of this great
free RV camping location. Wall RV Camping Location
South Dakota Public Campgrounds
RV camping in South Dakota is great for RVers looking for varied outdoor experiences. Campgrounds
managed by the National Park Service, BLM (Bureau of Land Management), USFS (US Forest Service), and
South Dakota State Parks offer great RV camping locations. Amenities range from dry RV camping with only
trash and pit toilets to RV camping sites with full RV hookups. This is only a sample of RV camping
opportunities at public campgrounds in South Dakota
Lake Recreation Area offers RV camping, boating, fishing,
wildlife viewing, and hiking. Electric and non electric
State Park is a popular destination for RV camping.
All types of outdoor recreation opportunities are available.
Camping reservations are available.
Cave National Park has first come first serve camping.
campgrounds with different personalities are available at Roy
Lake State Park. Sandy beaches, picnic areas, boat
rams and a variety of hiking trails are available. Groceries,
boat rentals and more.
Johns Recreation Area is a small park with fishing, hiking,
and wildlife viewing. 10 electric campsites available.
A limit of 5
free days of camping are available at Have-A-Rest
municipal campground. Water, electric, fishing, boat launch
managed Ft Meade Recreation Area offers
camping locations. Low cost camping in a historic
area with picnic tables and vault toilets.
Federal Public Land
RV Camping Information
USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS
policies and rules about RV camping. Information about
dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.
NPS (National Park Service) - General
information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National
Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic
places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV
USACE/COE (US Army Corp of
Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water
recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about
finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies
for use of these water based recreation areas is included.
BLM (Bureau of Land Management) - Located throughout
the western USA, BLM managed lands offer great camping locations. Developed campgrounds, and almost
dispersed camping opportunites await you.
Free RV Parking Ideas
Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in
South Dakota. We always recommend asking for overnight RV
permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will
have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If
you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a
trespassing ticket before you move on.
Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.
- Truck Stops -
Asking permission is usually not a requirement Be considerate
of the big rigs!
- Walmart - Not all
stores allow overnight RV parking in South Dakota due to city
ordinances. Check store for policy.
- Nightclubs - Had
one too many or just pretending?
- Grain Elevators -
Ask where you can park your RV out of the way for the night.
Organizations - VFW, Elks etc. may allow members free overnight RV
- Cemetery - Sounds
creepy to us, but we've also heard they may have water available.
- Fairgrounds - State
and County facilities may allow RV camping when not otherwise in use.
- Parks - City,
County, State, and Community parks often have free RV
- Churches - You can
almost make "reservations" by calling ahead for permission.
- Hotel Parking Lots
- Assuming a nightclub/bar is inside, had one too many or just
- Truck Terminals -
Parking areas for large trucks might allow you free RV camping
- RV Dealers - Pretty
brave to us, but you could fit right in.
- Cracker Barrel -
These nationwide restaurants usually allow free overnight RV parking.
- Movie Theaters -
Too tired to drive home after the late show?
- Highway Rest Areas
- All rest areas allow a few hours of free RV parking, but noisy.
- Drive In Movies -
Got a small RV, park in the back row and enjoy the show. Fell
asleep by accident right?
- Vehicle Repair
Shops - Need to see the repairman first thing in the morning?
- Big Box Retailers -
Kmart, Best Buy, Sams Club often allow free RV camping.
- Roadside Parks
& Picnic Areas - The early day version of the rest
As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking
possibilities in South Dakota. If you are not asking permission,
it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide
outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention
to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you
feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere