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Chief White Crane Recreation Area

Chief White Crane

With its 146 campsites and ten camping cabins, Chief White Crane is a great place for groups to gather to spend the weekend. Combined with its own facilities and the features of the other two state parks nearby, Lewis & Clark and Pierson Ranch, visitors can take advantage of a wide variety of recreation opportunities.

Bald Eagle Viewing

Chief White Crane is one of the South Dakota state parks that offers the opportunity for visitors to see the majestic bald eagle.

In South Dakota, many bald eagles spend their winters below the Missouri River dams where they are able to catch fish and prey on waterfowl attracted to the open water.

They typically perch within 50 feet of the riverbank in tall cottonwood trees. The birds usually feed in the morning and rest in their roosting trees in the afternoon.

Bald eagles will abandon their roosts if disturbed by humans. For this reason, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks prohibits motorized traffic in state recreation areas with winter bald eagle roosts. Walkers and cross-country skiers are allowed in these areas but must refrain from disturbing roosting bald eagles.

Restrictions / Safety

DOT Road Report

Chief White Crane Recreation Area

31323 Toe Road
Yankton, SD 57078
605.668.2985
Email: Lewis-Clark@state.sd.us

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 42.851249
Long: -97.460067

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Activities

BasketballBikingBirdwatchingBoatingCampingCanoeing/KayakingFishingHikingHorseshoesVolleyball

Lodging Info

Facilities / Services

  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game Checkout
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Vault toilets

Nearby Facilities / Services

  • Boat ramp
  • Fish-cleaning stations
  • Fishing dock
  • Swimming beach, no lifeguard
  • Canoe and Kayak Rentals

ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Sites (68E, 70E)
  • Camping Cabins (C-4)
  • Fishing Dock
  • Showers

Park Specs

  • Reservations: www.campsd.com or 1.800.710.2267
    • Campsites and Cabins: Available up to 90 days prior to arrival.
  • Open: Year-round. Vehicle traffic prohibited Nov. 1 through March 31 due to bald eagle nesting
  • Size: 1 campground with 146 campsites and 10 cabins (each sleeps 4 people)

Directions

Southeastern South Dakota: 5 miles west of Yankton off SD Hwy 52

Maps

Location Map
Campground map
Trail map and guide
Walking map

Area Attractions

Nearest Town

Yankton

Fees

Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round

  • Temporary: Daily license $4 per person or $6 per vehicle
  • Annual: $30 first vehicle | $15 for second vehicle | $65 transferable license

Campsites:

  • $15 non-electrical
  • $19 electrical site
  • $21 waterfront

Camping Cabins:

  • $45/night