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Sheridan Lake South Shore Campground - USFS, Rapid City, South Dakota

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Lake Sheridan South Shore is a great dry camping campground. There are no hook-ups, but unfortunately there isn't a dump station either. There is an RV park a few minutes away where you can dump for a fee, but instead we dumped for free at a Flying J on the interstate in Rapid City that was much easier to get in and out of. The Smokey camping loop we were in was very nice. Sites are spacious and grassy, and come with picnic tables and fire rings. Firewood is available at the check in station at the entrance to the loop for $5 a bundle. The loop road was slightly on the narrow, winding side, but we still had no problem navigating it with our tow and 33 foot TT. The hosts at the check in station were very nice and helpful. This was a nice, central spot to explore the Black Hills, including Custer State Park, Wind Cave, Mt. Rushmore, and Deadwood. The lake is beautiful and clean. The bathrooms are pit toilets and kept very, very clean. The campground is popular on the weekends, but emptied out a lot during the week. I like dry camping, but felt that $26 is on the high side for a campground that doesn't even have a dump station available. Lack of dump station is the only reason I rated this park an 8 instead of a 9. Still, it's much cheaper and much prettier than most of the other rv parks in the Black Hills. The Black Hills were beautiful, and we would definitely come back here on return trips. We camped at Sheridan Lake South Shore Campground - USFS in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
005
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Sheridan Lake is beautiful, and has a boat launch about a mile from the campground. There is also a nice swimming area at the entrance to the campground that was easier for us to launch our inflatable kayaks.

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States Visited: 3
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Bayard City Park, Bayard, Nebraska

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

I rated this as an 8 keeping in mind the type of park this is. This isn't the same as an 8 star RV resort. But for free, and as an easy in and out, clean, safe stop with water and electric, I would say it's an 8. We stayed at Bayard City Park as a quick overnight on our way through Nebraska. It is only 5-10 minutes from Chimney Rock, which was another reason we stayed here. There are 3 sites with water and electric available. The sites aren't separated from each other; rather, it's a small, clean gravel lot with 3 power/electric pedestals and you just back in. We had plenty of room to back in to the middle pedestal at an angle and still leave enough room for others to back in to the pedestals on either side of us. It's fairly easy to find, even in the dark. The sites are free for 2 nights, and after that it's $10 a night. There is no check in process for your free nights. There are no other RV services here (sewer, dump, camp store, etc.) There are no picnic tables either. No wifi, but AT&T signal was strong. It was a great, safe, free overnight stop and very convenient. There is a community pool in the park near the campsites that looked clean and fun, and was already being used by some locals as we pulled out the next morning. We didn't stop to check on prices, but if you were in the area for longer than 1 night, it would be nice to take a dip. While this isn't a destination type campground, we would definitely stay here again if we were passing through and needed to stop for the night. We camped at Bayard City Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Chimney Rock is very close, about 5-10 minutes away. We took about an hour to see the museum, Chimney Rock, and gift shop. Scottsbluff National Monument is about 30-40 minutes north, a very easy drive. Great stops if you're interested in the Oregon Trail.

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States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Lake Afton Park, Goddard, Kansas

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

This was the second time in 3 months that we've stayed at Lake Afton. It is a pretty park with a very nice looking lake. There is a peninsula that juts into the lake with a few campsites on it, and those look very nice. The campground is laid out in a strange manner, but it is clean and well kept. Because of the odd layout it makes it easy to park; you pretty much pick a spot and park however is easiest or best for your rig. This is not very clear initially, however, so pulling in in the dark can be confusing. Interior roads are not well signed, but they were wide enough, pretty level, perfectly driveable, and we didn't encounter any low hanging limbs. It is located about 10 minutes off the highway, which might be inconvenient for some, but to be able to run our A/C for only $12, this makes for a great, quick overnight. It's easy to find and, since it's off the highway, it's very dark and very quiet. The $12 sites have electric only, but there is a dump station and potable water available. My only complaint is that the park ranger is not very friendly and a bit overly aggressive in assuring that site occupants all have permits. We've experienced this on both trips here. He's even approached my 12 year old son in a rude manner (instead of me or my husband) asking about our permit, when it was clearly displayed in our tow vehicle dash as required. There is also at least one tornado shelter built into the side of a small hill. We camped at Lake Afton Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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