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James Valley Junction, South Dakota

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16 Reviews of 6 James Valley Junction, South Dakota Campgrounds

Mark S.
Reviewed May. 14, 2021

What a gem.

The generosity of this fine town of 1,420 good folks. Full electric, waste cans, some picnic tables, and a restroom with showers. These are shared with the well maintained playground. It is a "free will offering" facility. No registration, first come first served basis. We were the only campers…

  • covered pavilion
  • disc golf!
  • nobody but us tonight
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Month of VisitJune
Lane N.
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2021

Clean, plenty of shade.

We stopped at the Mitchell KOA twice in 2020. It's located very close to the highway (tho no noise). Decent sized pull thru sites with lots of big shade trees. Bathrooms and showers were clean. Did not use the pool. Small camp store. Staff was very friendly. Cheapest KOA we have stayed in.

MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2020

Quick stop outside Sioux Falls

We stopped for the night and had terrific pull through sites, right off the highway. Clean, GORGEOUS bathrooms, friendly hosts!

C
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2020

Awesome

Great place to spend the night. Only a few campsites. Workers are great. Dirt road going to it.

Only “issue” is the Grey water dump is on a slight hill, with the ground washed away, and people sometimes park around it.

Zach H.
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2020

Great overnight spot in SD

We stayed here in our way to southwestern SD. It’s your typical KOA experience. Nice staff and decent facilities. Not really close to much but only a short drive into Mitchell. There’s a small pool and a nice dog park. Many of the sites have large shade trees. Overall a pleasant experience.

Kathy F.
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2019

Easy Park

This park had a beautiful layout we arrived late Host showed us to our spot Far enough off freeway no highway noise! Was beautiful surprise to see a farm surrounding us in the morning

Stephanie F.
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2019

Best Sunset on the Prairie

I’ll admit - I chose this campground because I am a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder nerd and it is on one of the lakes where she and Almanzo took their Sunday drives and just a few miles from the LIW Memorial Society in DeSmet. Apart from all that, this is a gem of a campground. We were fortunate to get…

Lora H.
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2019

Laura would be honored

We have traveled in a RV for 6 years and been to 48 states (3 or 4 times each), visited 300 plus small towns and I can say this was one of my favorite camp spots. There are only 4 RV lots, and they are pretty close together, but we stayed before season, so we had the place practically to ourselves.…

  • View of Ma's house, from the tower
  • view of the 4 rv sites country store,  from tower
  • Cover wagon rooms
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Month of VisitJune
Sara S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 31, 2019

nice place to spend the night

Spent a night in route to the Badlands and was happy enough with the experience.  I felt like the sites were a bit close together, but for a night that wasn't a huge concern.  Seems like during a busy weekend it could get loud and chaotic, but on a week night in the fall it was nice.

Enjoyed…

  • corn palace
  • corn palace only 5 minutes away!
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Month of VisitOctober
Brian C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 1, 2019

Very Cool and Unique Campsite on the Grounds of the Laura Ingalls Homestead

A very cool and unique campsite on the grounds of the Laura Ingalls Homestead near De Smet, SD. Unique in that you can camp right on the open prairie and for only $10 a night. Just pick a spot of grass and you’re good to go. There are some picnic tables you can choose to be near or just head out on…

  • Sunset
  • Sunset
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Month of VisitAugust
Joel R.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2018

Nice spot on way to Black Hills

Stayed at Mitchell KOA in our way to the Black Hills. Large, level sites. Pool and mini golf. I didn’t see it, but my wife and granddaughter said the shower on the women’s side was FANTASTIC! Nice dog run. And the Corn Palace!

Stopped at Mitchell KOA again this year when we had car problems on…

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Tony E.
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2018

Nice, clean campground

Stayed here on the last night of a 2 week road trip. Didn't get in until very late but there was still a few sites open that you could pay for one entering the campground. Bathrooms were nice and clean and the campsites were solidly spread out. Our campsite was literally right next to the lake!

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Tammy D.
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2018

nice friendly site

We did a one night stop and got a nice long pull through so no need to unhook the car and trailer. very dog friendly with a nice dog park area. surrounded by fields manager was very nice

Corinna B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2018

Magical Must-See for Kids & All Little House on the Prairie Fans

This is a truly magical place, and if you’ve ever read any of the Little House on the Prairie books and are anywhere near De Smet South Dakota, do yourself a favor and swing by.

The Campground

The Ingalls Homestead consists of two main parts. First is the "campground," which is a basically a…

  • Once you've paid the $15 entrance fee to the homestead, all activities (such as riding horses and ponies) are free.
  • Fire pit in the tent field.
  • From the tent field looking up toward the bathroom and covered wagons.
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Month of VisitJuly

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