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Reservation Center: 1.800.710.CAMP (2267) |

As of January 1, 2016 there is a $2 fee for reservations made through the call center.

Reservations can be made by calling the reservation center at 1.800.710.CAMP (2267) or online at Several sites may be reserved with a single call, but payment of all fees for all sites is required before a confirmation is made. Checks are not accepted we apologize for the inconvenience.

Individual sites become available both online and through the call center at 7 a.m. CT on the first day of the 90-day window. After the 90-day window has opened, reservations can be made 24 hours a day.

Call Center Hours

The call center is open 24 hours a day / seven days a week.

Reservation Fee

There is a $7.70 per site non-refundable reservation fee (not applicable to South Dakota residents).

If two camping units share a designated double-up site, each unit must pay the camping fee. A camping unit is a powered vehicle, motor home, camping bus, pull-type camper, tent or any other device designed for sleeping. Additional tents for a family (parents or grandparents and their unmarried minor children) are considered a single camping unit. The double-up fee is paid upon arrival to the park. Not all campsites allow double-ups. Check with the park.

Camping Fees

Camping fees must be paid when reservations are made. Credit card or gift cards are accepted. Only one payment is accepted for multiple-site reservations. Checks are not accepted we apologize for the inconvenience.

Reservation Dates

Campsites and cabins at Custer State Park can be reserved one year in advance. Campsites and cabins at all other parks can be reserved 90 days in advance.

Download 90-day calendar

Campsites & Picnic Shelters

Campsite and picnic shelter reservations are accepted within 90 days of your arrival (except at Custer).

Unoccupied Reserved Sites

Campers who have made a reservation are permitted to arrive at any time during their reservation. This may result in some sites remaining empty for a period of time. The park is obligated to hold a reserved site until a cancellation is made. We thank you for your understanding when you see unoccupied reserved sites.

Same Day Reservations

A same day reservation is similar to first-come, first-served camping, but it allows campers to call or go online to instantly know if they have a campsite, saving them a trip to the park. This system is used at the Yankton Campground at Lewis and Clark Recreation Area and at Center Lake Campground at Custer State Park.

First-Come, First-Served Camping

(No Reservations Accepted)

The following have non-reservable, first-come, first-served campgrounds: Bear Butte, Burke Lake, Little Moreau, North Wheeler and Okobojo Point.

Lake Louise offers a portion of their campsites on a first-come, first-served basis.




Cancelling a Reservation

Cancellations can be made by calling 1.800.710.2267. Reservations for cabins, lodges and picnic shelters must be made by midnight two days before you arrive. Campsite reservations are available 24 hours a day.

Cancellation Fee

A cancellation fee equal to one night's camping will be charged for each campsite reserved if you cancel your reservation, either through the reservation center or after arriving at the park. The following cancellation fees apply:

Changes in departure dates and full cancellations can be done through the call center, 1.800.710.2267. Cancellations to the beginning of a reservation are not allowed.

Horse Camps

Make reservations for horse camps at Custer, Lewis & Clark, Newton Hills, Oakwood Lakes, Pease Creek, Pelican Lake, Sica Hollow and Union Grove by calling the reservation center at 1.800.710.CAMP or by visiting These sites are for those customers who have horses or are with campers who do.

Sites at Bear Butte horse camp are available on a first-come, first-served basis only.


Several state parks and recreation areas have resort and concession areas in the park where reservations may be available.

Marinas and resorts are privately operated under agreement with the Division of Parks & Recreation. Each offers unique accommodations and services. Contact the establishments directly for more information.

Other Facilities & Accommodations

Picnic Shelters

Picnic shelter reservations can be made within 90 days of your arrival (except at Custer).


To reserve a 20 x 20 foot or 20 x 40 foot canopy for special events held at Newton Hills or Union Grove state parks call 605.987.2263.

Fort Sisseton

To reserve the historic buildings, kitchenette shelter and/or the large tent for meetings, reunions or weddings, call 605.448.5474.

Pierson Ranch

Reserve the kitchenette shelter online at or by calling 1.800.710.2267.