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Kemp's Kamp

Keystone, South Dakota


1022 Old Hill City Rd
Keystone, South Dakota 57751
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 30
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 43.89469
Longitude: -103.43733

Elevation: 4429' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • 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 ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup yes
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • 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 yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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22 Reviews

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2019 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

This was our base camp for a week stay. The area is absolutely beautiful. The staff is beyond friendly and helpful. The campground is nestled in a small wooded valley between two hills. It's very picturesque, as is this whole area of South Dakota. That said, we're kinda disappointed. When we reserved for our length of stay, the only space available for a week was a site without sewer. The campground was mostly empty during our stay. It would have been very easy for the staff to move the people who were staying for one or two nights around to allow someone staying for a week to have a site with sewer. Additionally, even though we were on a site without sewer and there was a dump station on property, we were still required to pay to dump our tanks on site. Like much of Keystone and this touristy area, everyone has their hand out - wanting $5 to do just about anything. Our site was level enough and wooded, but the sites are really close together. One of the days we went out and came back, we didn't know if we'd be able to fit between vehicles to get to our site. The "creekside" sites are cramped! There is the creek on one side that only three of the campsites can see. One the other side is a road. While the area is rural, there are still cars on the road at all hours of the day. Our front bumper was 9 feet from the road. We were required to make a campfire in the grill. Overall, $45 per night was really expensive for what we received, because of the tourist area. While centrally located, and only 1.3 miles from Keystone, since we don't tow a vehicle, we were driving our RV everywhere. The only taxi service in the area wanted $40 EACH WAY to take us that 1.3 miles. There's no Uber or Lyft. I don't know that we'll ever come back to this area, but if we do, we wouldn't stay at Kemp's Kamp and we would do a lot of things differently - like avoid all of the touristy areas (Mt. Rushmore, Keystone, Hill City, and Deadwood), and focus on the national and state parks. We camped at Kemp's Kamp in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
67
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Don't stay here a week. This is a good place for a night or two. There are lots of other campgrounds in the area without the drawbacks. The laundry facility has one washer and one ancient dryer for the entire campground.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

A small beautiful RV Park. This place is very quiet and the staff is friendly. We stayed three night and were impressed by the clean rest rooms and overall condition of the park. We did our laundry while we were their and the experience was excellent. We own a class B+ motorhome and had plenty of room for our slide and awning. They also had room for larger fifth wheels. We were very happy staying there. We camped at Kemp's Kamp in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $49.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground conveniently located very near the town of Keystone and Mt. Rushmore. As others have noted, the campground is strung along the bottom of a narrow valley between the hills and a two-lane road and railroad tracks. The RV site we were in was short, the truck could not be parked immediately in front of or behind the trailer. The restrooms were clean, although 'rustic' and had a musty smell. The staff was friendly and helpful in helping us get into our site. We camped at Kemp's Kamp in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 200
States Visited: 48
Helpful Reviews: 48

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $44.00
Overall Rating:

Big rig friendly with level sites. Wifi worked good most of the time. Showers were good. No dog park but lots of grass to walk dog. Pretty views of Black Hills National Park. Convenient to Keystone, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Hill City. We camped at Kemp's Kamp in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Recommend you stock up groceries before you get here. The train was a good way to see the mountains.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

We loved this park. It's what a country RV park should be, level site, a stream right behind us, really great shade trees, well groomed area, table at each site. Although we faced a road, it was not a high traffic area and really quiet. Enjoyed the train coming by across the road on it's trip from Keystone to Hill City and back. The WiFi and electric were excellent, much better then the Military Base we stayed at close by. The owner was really friendly and helpful on choosing a good route back to SLC, UT. We'll be back next year and spend more time here. It is a great place to stay while visiting the area. The spaces are wide enough to enjoy kicking back and totally relaxing. We camped at Kemp's Kamp in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
65
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Keystone was less then a mile down the road and MT. Rushmore was another 2 miles from there.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Kemp's Kamp is a wonderful campground. It is very close to Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Monument and all the area attractions around Keystone and the surrounding towns. The campground hosts were extremely friendly and helpful. We had a full hookup, pull-through site, that was just a little tight, but we were able to maneuver it okay. The restrooms and the whole campground were very neat and clean. We would definitely stay at Kemp's Kamp again. We camped at Kemp's Kamp in a Fifth Wheel.

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

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Great place to call home for the Black Hills area. Campground is spread along a road, but not noisy. The train ride comes by the camp about 4 times a day. The staff were friendly and helpful, even gave me a jump when my toad battery was dead. Restrooms were a little rustic for my wife, but were clean. Lots of trees and shade in the back in area of the camp. We will stay here again in the future. Don't recall the nightly rate, they do give Good Sam discount. We camped at Kemp's Kamp in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We found this park to be very pleasant. Although some sites are close to the road, the road is not busy. Many sites are only one lane so you have no one on the opposite side. This side faces the small creek and treed hills. The tents sites are great (we did not use) they have a covered pavilion on each site. The wildlife (deer) wonder nearby and make for a very pleasant view. The town of Keystone is a VERY short ride offering many restaurants, gift shops and fun tourist things to do. It's location is great for visiting Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse, the best we thought. A great mix of being close to everything, yet feeling you are in a remote area. I would recommend to anyone visiting the area. We camped at Kemp's Kamp in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 195
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 54

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

This place is very convenient to see Mt Rushmore & for riding in the mountains of the area. The camp host was pleasant & helpful. The water/sewer/electric/cable hookups were good but we could not get the Wifi to work at all. The sites were very close together and close to the road, but traffic was not heavy. Keystone, the town nearby, offered a nice mountain train ride and other touristy things to do. It was a tad expensive for the type of campground, but we would stay here again. We camped at Kemp's Kamp in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

Nice setting among trees and hills. Bathrooms old and need updating and tended to be dirty. Management polite and helpful. Wi-Fi did not work during the evenings, due to system overload. We camped at Kemp's Kamp in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Nice, shady campground with character. Set along a scenic, winding road just outside of Keystone and 5 minutes to Mt Rushmore - very convenient for going to the evening lighting of the monument. The tourist train does pass by closely during the day, but is not very loud. Has a pool that kids were enjoying. Water/electric sites had adequate spacing between them. Only downside was the close proximity to the winding road. We camped at Kemp's Kamp in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

I didn't pay much attention to the "Big Rig Friendly" checkbox on other reviews because we travel with a 36' 5er. Well, it was tight! We made it, good thing my husband is an excellent driver. The sights are not long enough to keep the truck hooked up. If you're not confident in your driving/towing skills, this is not the place to stay. It is VERY convenient to Mount Rushmore. Well maintained and the staff is friendly/helpful. We camped at Kemp's Kamp in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

We were way ahead of the tourists so had the camp to ourselves. It was exceptionally clean and well laid out. The owners were wonderfully friendly and helpful. It is very close to Mt. Rushmore and all of the other great Custer State Park areas. We camped at Kemp's Kamp in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

This park is nice, although strangely laid out. The sites were long, but narrow. We were at #69. The campground was right adjacent to Old Hill City Road. During the day quite noisy with traffic and the tourist train that runs by every couple hours. At night things quieted down. They charge $5 extra for a site with sewer hook up. Since only here 2 days we passed. Our site had electric, water and cable. The showers and restrooms were clean and worked. Its located 10 minutes from Mt. Rushmore. The Borglum Museum is in Keystone and worth a stop. We would stay here again if visiting Mt. Rushmore. We camped at Kemp's Kamp in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Excellent campground. We travel full time and I would recommend this campground to anyone. It was clean and pretty. It was close to all attractions. All our questions were answered in a helpful manner and we were given lots of printed material to help us find things. I made our reservations with the owner on line and everything at the park was just as he said and better. The couple who cleaned was friendly and went over and above to keep the grounds and restrooms immaculate. Go there and you won't be sorry. We camped at Kemp's Kamp in a Fifth Wheel.

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