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Lake Vermillion Recreation Area

Canistota, South Dakota


26140 451st Ave
Canistota, South Dakota 57012
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Sites: 66
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 43.59515
Longitude: -97.18835

Elevation: 1475' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • 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 ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
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 ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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20 Reviews

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Would have given this a higher rating but we were only there one night and didn't want to unhitch the car. It was a pull in site so we had trouble connecting the electricity. The site, 54, was right on the lake. After the sun went down there were a large group of partiers who were blowing a bullhorn and shooting fire crackers after quiet time. Very annoying, but not the parks fault. We camped at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
east area 54
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Other
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
No
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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful campground and recreation area! Even as late as August the campsites are still green. We stayed in Site 13E, not the best for a motorhome as it leans to the back (I chose this site, so no downgrades to the park). It would be great in a TT or 5er with a front or center entry. Watch the sites as some aren't easy to level a MH on. Absolutely gorgeous view. Staff was friendly and concerned. Easy access. Very clean. Spacious sites. We will be back again. We camped at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13E
Site Surface
Asphalt
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
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

Nice off-season visit in mid-October. Only 3 campers in our loop (North). Very quiet for a family-oriented campground. We camped at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
78e
Site Surface
Gravel
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
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Hartford has best selection of groceries/restaurants (12 miles) nearby. Otherwise Sioux Falls is your best bet for shopping.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 11

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

A very family friendly campgrounds. We arrived and our space was not yet available as South Dakota parks have checkout time at 4 PM. So we headed down by the swimming area, we could pull the trailer in and have our lunch. It was apparent that many people were enjoying swimming, fishing, and other outdoor activities. The park will loan equipment for various games and the boat launch rents out kayaks canoes and paddleboats.

Our site for our travel trailer was spacious and we were able to secure two sites so that our son and his family could set up their tent right next to us. The one concern we had throughout was that the vault toilet locations let out a terrible odor, and could affect us in various times depending which way the wind was blowing. The restroom was basically clean though a little upgrading wouldn't hurt.

We camped in the west campground so that we would be comfortably near the beach for our granddaughters. Each site had picnic table and fire pit and electric hook up. The dump station and water fill station are easily located on your way in or out. There was no Wi-Fi on site, nor did we try over the air television connectivity to know its availability.

Many lovely hiking trails. Wildflowers abound and as to waterfront views. The park is about a half hour outside of Sioux Falls to be able to enjoy the activities available there. There is a grocery store in Hartford and a small efficiency store in the local town. You are definitely out in the country at this site but it is beautifully quiet, allowing for great campfires and night sky pleasure.

The couple who is hosting the campground are totally diligent about keeping it clean. If only some of the campers would be more considerate, especially with cigarette butts and from what I hear water balloons. There are numerous flies at this time a year so if you're going to be here for a long period time, set up your screened in room. We camped at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Depending on time of year: check out some of the activities occurring in Sioux Falls. During our visit they had sculpture art outdoors within a mile or so walk throughout town. Really fun to see.

We also enjoyed the diner and whatever you do don't miss their pork wings. Good service and good food.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

One of the nicest state parks we've stayed in. It's worth the 5 miles off the interstate. Lots are very spacious and secluded. Staff that greeted us at entrance was very helpful and welcoming. A beautiful park with a large lake and lots of trees. Grounds are well maintained. No doubt we would return to this excellent facility. We camped at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
84E
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

This is a fairly remote park. There's a convenience store nearby that we did not use. Nearest town is about 6 miles away.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here one night while enroute to Yellowstone. We arrived on Monday to find the park virtually all to ourselves. The office rangers let us pick a site from their map and we chose one on the lake shore. It was electric only. There is a potable water faucet at the the dump station. The site was beautiful and peaceful. We took nice walks along the shore road. The scenery was magnificent. I would come here again and again. Only complaint is they charged a park entrance fee along with the camping fee. I'm not used to that in state parks back east. We camped at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

This park is a gem just outside of Sioux Falls. Beautiful sites and picturesque lake. We camped in the East campground. Lake is very busy on weekends but great for people watching. We camped at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
48e
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Nice view, we were right on the lake. So windy it would have been unsafe in a pop up. Stretched out facility so bathrooms far away if you need them. Expensive for what we got - you have to get a one week "pass" plus the usual fee. Staff very helpful in choosing site. Ask about wind if you are not in a hard sided camper. Better value if you stay more than one night. We camped at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
East 53
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 60
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

One of our favorites state parks on this 2 year journey RVing the US. Very clean park. Check-in was smooth and staff was friendly. Campground includes boat ramp, tent camping, cabins, kids playground and dedicated swimming area off the lake. Our campsite was level and site clean. Verizon phones got weak 4G. DirecTV (free standing satellite) had no issue getting signal. Campground is about 10 minutes from freeway (I-90) and 30 minutes from a decent grocery store. Our only issue is the late checkout time, which is 4 PM, so don’t arrive too early. Reservations available online for this state park. While at this campground we visited Falls Park in Sioux Falls and the Corn Palace. We camped at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here one night. It is a very clean park with gravel sites. Electrical at the sites with a dump station in the park. The site was $18 with a $6 fee for out of state residence. We camped at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

I must score a 10 because I can find nothing wrong with this campground. the campground itself was immaculate. The comfort stations in the north camp (the new area) are huge with at least 3 that are sink/bathroom/shower combined (meaning one person can go in and PRIVATELY use all three. The staff are friendly and helpful. The sites are roomy with just enough greenery between sites to be private. We were here in 2002 and pleased to see it hasn't changed! We camped at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

We needed a campground close to I-90 on the west side of Sioux Falls, SD. Lake Vermillion was only 5 miles south of the Highway, 30 miles west, and was easy to find. The people were friendly, the place was very clean, and we enjoyed having a picnic under shade trees overlooking the lake. This rate $18 plus the $6 fee. We camped at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

This campground was a stop on our way home from Yellowstone. Easy to find, very helpful, friendly staff. We had a nice little site right next to the lake, restrooms were clean. Overall a great experience. Lots of families and big trailers. We camped at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful campground. Clean restrooms with lots of hot water. Electric only, no sewer or water. Sites are large and treed. Lake is very pretty and can be seen from many of the lots. Games are available at front desk. Kids played bean bag toss all morning. I would give this campground a 10, but for the lack of sewer and water. We camped at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

An oasis in an otherwise rather bleak countryside. Beautiful place. Nice big shade trees and large sites. Electric only. Great little lake with swim area. We camped at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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