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Big Sioux Recreation Area

Brandon, South Dakota


410 W Park St
Brandon, South Dakota 57005
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Sites: 50
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 43.57330
Longitude: -96.59469

Elevation: 1327' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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24 Reviews

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Review Count: 109
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 52

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

Site 31E. 50 amp only. 43' motorhome. Long back-in on gravel. Easy to back in, pretty level. Very spacious. Lots of separation, lots of shade, Paved roads, good dog walking on trails and roads. Very quiet. Very good showers. Close to Sioux Falls, easy to get around, lots to see and do in the area. Water fill is next to restrooms at turn near site 20. Water also at dump station on the way out. Good AT&T, four PBS channels on OTA. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
31E
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Falls Park is worth seeing. Downtown is easy to navigate. Good shopping on the outskirts.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice secluded park. Large sites with excellent trail system for hiking or biking. Close to downtown and Falls Park. Helpful staff We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
41
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Fresh water is available right as you enter the park at the dump station or you can fill your tank at locations in the campground. Firewood is available at check in but not ice.

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Review Count: 36
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Rate is estimated. Must also pay something like $6/day for entry so we opted for the $30 annual parks SD pass. This was actually a very nice campground with plenty of space and looked beautiful. However we were there during the rainy season, local flooding of the trails and the mosquitos absolutely ruined our stay as the sites are tucked into the woods and there was no escaping them. There was a very nice trail right behind our site, but couldn't use it because of the flooding and the mosquitos. We will not stay again because of this, unless we came in late fall when they are not quite so bad. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Close to Sioux Falls with lots to do there. Brandon is closer and smaller but has some restaurants and a bowling alley. If you can handle the mosquitos, there are nice trails within the park.

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Review Count: 42
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground with a walking / bike trail close by. Big Sioux River off to the side. Electric only at site but level and shady. Quiet. Easy access to Sioux Falls. Close to I-90. Need exit signs in campground. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
38
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Go to the Sioux Falls. Free tower with elevator at visitors center. We went to dinner at Tailgators in Brandon for dinner, wide variety of food at a fair price.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice park! Park staff is great, constantly cleaning and mowing, and up keeping the areas! Would of given 10 except no water or sewer at sites, and 1 bath house, but loved our stay here. Our spot had a row of tree, behind it, with beautiful paved trail, just beyond the trees, and the river right behind it. Several nice hiking trails. Sioux falls is a very nice town, and close. Will stay again! We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
37
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

I stay as an overnight stop. This State campground is an excellent place for camping or stop over stay. Not far from I-90 and good big rig access. The sites are all back-ins but space nicely and angled for easy backing. Paved campground road with gravel site. Check-in staff was very helpful and friendly. Lots of shade and fairly level sites. This is a smaller campground in terms of number of sites, but well worth the visit. I'm guessing it fills up on weekends but there was several site available to me on a Thursday night. Mostly travel trailers but a few motorhomes as well. Sites appear to be all long enough for the longest motorhome but no pull thru's. I would recommend this as a nice overnight reasonably close to I-90. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

very nice, quiet campground. A campers delight, however I was just an overnighter. Many conveniences nearby.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Very Nice campground close to I-90 and 229. All spots were back in, 50AMP, and very spacious. The park was a nice park and we were able to easily walk the dogs. We stayed here one night. Cost was 20$ and 7$ state park car fee. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Long wide sites. Easy access to I-90. Clean restrooms and showers. Site surface was asphalt and featured a fire ring and picnic table. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
29
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Close to Sioux Falls.

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Review Count: 61
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful park. Sites are level and lots of space between sites. Only electric available - no water or sewer hookups. But we were only there for 2 nights so did not need them. There are walking trails (some paved) , disc golf, and archery targets. There is a nice shower house but also pit toilets available closer to some of the loops. OTA TV worked fine. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

A pretty short drive into Sioux Falls.

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

After staying in many commercial RV parks, staying at this state park was a treat. It was quiet, comfortable and relaxing. All sites are electric (50 amp) only but there's a water and sewer stations you enter. No need to travel with a full tank of water. Sites are set up far apart so you won't feel cramped at all. We will definitely return!! We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
49E
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 86
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Nice large, flat sites. Shade in most of them. Get water at the dump station, on the way in. Decent Verizon and T mobile coverage. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
8e
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

This is generally a well kept park. The sites are well separated and flat enough not to need leveling blocks. They were wide enough to back into without too much trouble. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
8E
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

This is a well kept clean campground with good spacing between the site. Most of the sites, including ours, had varying amounts of shade. Our site and the majority of the others were level enough not to need blocks. All of the sites are gravel and most were large enough to fit a 40'+ motorhome and a tow vehicle. The road through the campground was asphalt with no low hanging branches. There was some occasional road and airport noise but nothing too bad. The nightly rate above does not include the state park daily access fee of $4/person or $6/vehicle. Alternatively you can purchase an annual state park pass for $30 for the first vehicle and $15 for the second vehicle which gives you access to all of South Dakota's state parks. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
34E
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

There are about 5 miles of walking or biking trails within the recreation area. The Big Sioux River runs adjacent to the recreation area and is suitable for canoeing and kayaking. The Falls Park in Sioux Falls is about 15 minutes away.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Lovely campground! Very level, deep sites. Mature trees but nothing in the way when you back in. Nice fire pit and picnic table. Very spacious in between sites--at least 20 yards between sites. We were in Site 33E but any site on our loop was great. Also liked Sites 17E, 42E, and 46E. Bathrooms were OK but quite a few bugs--not unlike most state park bathrooms. The rate of $25/night was a good value (electric only) but requires an additional State Park pass ($30 annual or $7 week?). Dumpsters were full when we were there. Firewood was $5/bundle and you pick the pieces. There was an excellent Frisbee golf course on the property and a great bike/running trail right along the Big Sioux River. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
33E
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Falls Park in downtown Sioux Falls was beautiful. Palisade State Park was a few miles away from the campground (requires South Dakota park pass) with scenic (but short) hiking trails. We went to Devil's Gulch but didn't think it was worth the time (unless you're a diehard Jesse James history buff).

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Review Count: 189
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 42

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

This is our second visit to this park. Nothing much has changed except the fees have gone up 10%. They charge a $7.70 fee for out of state visitors plus taxes so your advertised $19 electric only campsite will end up costing you $28 plus the $4/person or $6/car entry fee. Despite the somewhat high cost, this is still a nice little park with well spaced sites. A sign on the entry post says you must have a reservation to stay here & I watched a guy struggling to make a reservation on his phone. The entry post wasn't staffed at the time so I don't know if they can get you a reservation on the spot or if you still have to get online to do it yourself. I'd recommend you just arrive with a reservation to eliminate any hassle. All sites are pretty much the same with full shade and approx. 60' long level gravel back-ins. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
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