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James Valley Junction, South Dakota

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22 Reviews of 27 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
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2020

Quaint & quiet

though I usually stay on the western side where the sites are more rustic, I stay with my friends who were in a camper. It was still very comfortable and quiet. It was also nice to have potable water!

Siteeast side
Month of VisitOctober
VThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2020


Very small but awesome campground, quiet and nice laundry and small store. Owners were very nice and helpful. Would recommend and definitely stay again

Rebecca T.
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2020

Great Stop

Great small campground that i did my overnight at on the way to Keystone. Family friendly, with tent and rv/camper sites. I was hammock camping and had just enough trees to do so.

DThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2020

Easy Access

Really nice pull through sites with water, electric and sewer. $30 per nite. Some shady sites. Very little road noise. No Bathroom or shower access. Plenty of area to walk a dog with nice grass.

Kristen L.
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2020

Great place to stop for a few days

This park is a nice little stop in a super small town. We came through just to visit the Ingall’s homestead and enjoyed this peace and quiet so much we decided to stay for four days.

It’s self service, so first come first served. We were the only ones here for a day or so and then a few others…

VThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2020

Cute and quiet

Lucked out again, super cute and quiet campground. Very accommodating with last minute reservation and adding a second night. Looks as if ran or owned by and older couple and they were super helpful. Love the quiet and can here loads nature sounds. Nice and shady for this part of SD. Nice looking…

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2020


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.

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2020

Nice campground, friendly owner

We stayed here for a night on our way back to Wisconsin from Yellowstone. I called for a site as we were driving and he said he had availability. We were a late check in but he waited for us and gave us a site right near the entrance which was nice. We didn’t use any their facilities but it was a…

Ason S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2020

Very nice campsite!

Stopped here during our 2019 family vacation. Nice views! We did not stay in the main campground & we were almost the only people there! Nice sandy beach & swim area that the kids really enjoyed. Playground was nice too!

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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…

Bruce S.
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2019

Nice place

Very nice quiet campground when we stayed in May. Campground Host on site

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
Art S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2019

Camp in a quaint small town

We decided not to stay here because it’s right in town and very visible. There are a few RV spots and room for tents. They have a great playground. If you’re timing is right you can catch a ballgame without leaving you campsite. 

Town is a block away. It’s a beautiful small town. They had a…

  • Restroom and showers
  • Just a few spots and it’s pretty open
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Month of VisitJuly
Melissa W.
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2019

Peaceful, well maintained campground

Campers were mostly in RVs, I was in a tent and not surrounded by many others. Bathrooms and showers were very clean and well maintained and the owner was nice and gave us tips on things to do in the rest of South Dakota!

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