“Many people assume that campsites book up 90 days ahead of time,” said state Park Director Doug Hofer.
“In fact, there are many weekend campsites still available across the state, including many parks along the Missouri River.”
West Pollock Recreation Area near Pollock, Indian Creek Recreation Area at Mobridge, Cow Creek Recreation Area north of Pierre, West Bend Recreation Area east of Pierre, West Whitlock Recreation Area west of Gettysburg and Snake Creek Recreation Area west of Platte all offer a number of campsites on the Missouri River.
“With the closure of five parks on the Missouri River, this is a great opportunity for campers to try different parks,” Hofer suggested.
“Families that usually camp at Farm Island might find they really enjoy Cow Creek, West Whitlock, West Bend or any of the other Missouri River parks that are not flooded.”
Thirty-seven state parks and recreation areas take camping reservations. Of the parks that take reservations, 20 of them have at least one campsite available for all of the seven remaining summer weekends.
A weekend camping report is listed on the GFP website each Wednesday with the number of available campsites at each park for the upcoming Friday arrival.
Camping reservations can be made online at www.campsd.com or by calling 800-710-2267.