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Jamestown Reservoir, SOUTH DAKOTA
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Beautiful lake area

Great campground with a beautiful view of Pactola Lake. We only got to stay for one night but we are going back this summer. The camp hosts were very nice and accommodating! I thought the camping pads were a little close to each other but other than that it wasn’t to bad. There was a store close to the camping area that had everything you could want including boats and paddle board rentals!

Beautiful and quiet

Love this place, great people and wonderful breakfast


Such a quiet and peaceful campgroud. It's clean, well maintained, the camp hosts are super friendly and helpful, the views are stunning and wildlife wonders through the campground often.

Friendly, clean & peaceful, easy access to Hwy 385, close to attractions

Wonderful peaceful spot in the Southern Black Hills, close to all major attractions. Welcoming hosts, nice facilities and plenty of parking space.

Easy access from Hwy 385 & the Mickelson Trail, friendly, peaceful & clean.

Privately owned ranch setting with dispersed tent sites, 4 full RV hook-ups under huge old Willow Trees, 1 one-room camping log cabin for 2-3 people and 1 guestroom for 2 in the owners home.Toilet room with flush toilet and cold water sink, outdoor shower building for camping solar shower bags, hydrants with drinking water and electric outlets.Cabin and house guests may use one of the bathrooms/shower in our home.

Coffee and tea in the mornings is served on our large porch. There you find WiFi and electric outlets for charging your devices.

Free Parking in designated areas close to all the camp sites. Direct access to National Forest all around us.

There is an approved large fire pit for campfires, otherwise no other fires on the ground allowed. We normally have fire wood for sale here.

Awesome site with full bathrooms/ showers

This place was great! We had a pull in spot away from the crowd. It was beautiful. Lots of deer. Big clean bathrooms with nice showers. They also have a pool im the summer.

Great place for tent camping! Shelter houses on each lot. Veterans discount

Close to Mt. Rushmore ,Crazyhorse, 1880's train ride, Sturgis and many more attractions. It would take a week to see everything. Kemps has nice restroom and shower facilities and a pool.

Wow, wide open

Great campground. Plenty of room. Kids had tons of room to play. Great pool. Awesome WiFi at main building. Staff was super friendly & helpful. Stayed here for a week to tour the area. Will be back!

First to Review
Rustic, great views of Pactola Lake, abundant wildlife.

The campsites are large and rustic. Modern amenities such as boat rentals are available, but I like the more natural camping experiences. We camped in late September, the leaves were turning and the air was crisp and cool. The wildlife is abundant. Pactola lake is deep and clean; the views are amazing and the water is very cold. The proximity to Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, and Spearfish make this a very nice camping destination.


everyone was supper nice


prob the most prettest campground aroumd


the hosts where not very friendly otherwise it was fine

One of the nicest I’ve been to

Spent 10 days at Custer SP at the Stockade Lake South campground with our son and his family in July. Great site on the outside of the camping loop, with a great fire place and lots of room. We had our travel trailer and they had a tent and we had lots of room for 8. Deer walked through the site most afternoons. Convenient to Mt. Rushmore, Custer, the Black Hills, Wind Cave and Jewel Cave.

Nice and Quiet

We stayed here while road-tripping on our honeymoon in September. This campground maybe had 5 other campers here while we were here and it was AMAZING. We loved how empty it was. Our camper also backed up to the field behind the campground which was really nice. We got great views while laying in bed and even awoke to some deer looking at us!

Great Campground, conviniently located

The campground is very nice. It has restrooms that are kept extremely clean. The camp sites are not very private, however there are some trees that make the sites feel separated. Next to the stream are a few campsites. While we were here, the campground was pretty quiet. We were mostly only at our site at night to sleep so I cannot speak for during the day. Expect to see/hear wildlife coming and going through the campground throughout the night. Our dog grumbled at a few animals that might have gotten too close to the tent for her liking (we are pretty sure just deer). If I had one complaint about this campground it is that people do not seem to follow the keep dogs on leashes rule while they are at their campsite. I saw a lot of dogs wandering around. Our dog does not go after dogs and generally can care less about other dogs, until they get near her face so this concerned us a little. We let the owners near us know and they were very understanding and had no problem making sure their dogs stayed on leashes while we were there. Also, our campsite did not have a parking spot for our car. We had to just pull off onto the side of the road. This was not a huge issue as there was plenty of room for other vehicles to pass. The actual Game Lodge is right down the road. We got coffees and breakfast to go one morning and it was very good! There is an entrance to the park not far from the campground which made going to Mount Rushmore, Needles Highway, and Iron Mountain Highway convenient. Custer State Park is so nice! One drive around the park allows for amazing views and wildlife spotting! We loved our time here!

Cabins are cozy.

Nice locatuon a little ways southwest of MR. It was cold and rainy, so we left the tent packed up and got a cabin. Cooked over the campfire and enjoyed the dry warmth. It made packing up to head out the next day super easy too. Bathrooms/showers were clean.

Gem of a Campground near Custer State Park

This campground was a pleasant surprise for us. It is bordered by the Black Hills Natl. Forest. It has site for tent camper, pop-ups and bigger RV's and cabins. Due to the topography you will have to do some leveling. It is off a major highway so nighttime is quiet. There's a mix and tree and open areas The open area is great for night sky watching The bathroom was great for me, grab bars in the ADA restroom plus a great easy access shower. Bathroom was very clean. It's about 4 miles from Sylvan Lake and near the famous Needle's Highway. I also liked it because they don't use every inch of real estate to cram people in to like some KOA's. We camped after Labor Day but they have a nice pool, playground etc. We loved camping in our Sylvansport GO there but as I alluded to leveling can be challenging in some spots. But, we now have a better idea of flatter sites for a 2019 visit. I opted for more privacy so that was the trade-off. The campground is also close to Hill City, SD (The Heart of the HIlls) so restaurants were near should one not want to bother with cooking on a short visit.

Amazing View

Exceptionally large park. This is closest to the southern entrance. We had bison herds South of us and North. We never managed to make it East where the long trail is, which seems to be known for wildlife. We had easy access to the West exit and had a great dining experience as well as quick access to all the local monuments. The campground was very peaceful. The showers and bathrooms were very clean. There is a centrally located atrium for events that we didn't see used. We ended up next to a group of young college age people who were spread out and noisier than most, but that was just our luck. We had a break in the tree line to see stars from our tent. There is a gas station and store right at the campground. We didn't plan enough time to give the hiking trails a chance. This campground does have horse trails.

No crowd

Thos was a great place! No electricity of water but well worth it. We had a spot just about the lake and plenty of room to fo whatever we wanted!

Nice campground tucked in the beautiful black hills

Clean, quiet campground tucked away in the beautiful Black Hills

Excellent Experience

This is a great choice for a campground. Each site is spaced out where you don't feel like you are hanging out in your neighbor's campground! Each site backs up to wooded areas with a view. This campground has full hookup with laundry services that are nice. We didn't use the shower house but they looked well kept. Custer's Gulch RV park is tucked away from the highway so you don't hear any of the road noise. I would highly recommend this RV park to anyone traveling up that way.

Beautiful creek runs through

Lovely campground. Creek runs right in front of tent sites which all have a large pad for tents. Nice sized sites. RV/electric sites are all grassy & good size. During tourist season there are evening programs located at barn right in campground. Small playground & small pond. Clean showers & bathrooms. Across from visitor center & next to start of Wildloop Rd. Paved bike path right there which runs for few miles. Great location!

A perfect campground experience!

Custer's Last Stand may not have gone the way he hoped, but the state park that bears his name may be one of the most amazing camping destinations we've ever seen. And our stay at Grace Coolidge Campground will always be a treasured memory.

There are many campgrounds spread around Custer SP. Coolidge is a small-ish one set along the banks of a creek. There are about 20 sites here, most of which are tucked in the trees, providing plenty of shade.

We checked in right at dusk, after a long day of driving. The campground attendant introduced himself, and pointed out our spot. There's potable water at the bathroom/shower building, and he asked if we wanted to fill up before we parked. (We didn't, but it was nice he asked.)

Our spot was nice and level, the perfect place to tuck in our teardrop for the night. Though the campground was full, everyone observed the quiet hours, and it made for a pleasant evening of watching the stars.

In the morning, we took our pup on two short, but beautiful, hikes, before hitching up and heading to our next destination.

If all the campgrounds at Custer are as nice as Coolidge, we may just have to spend a month staying at each of them.

Not Fully ADA Accessible

I will start by saying I absolutely loved this site. The location is amazing and so beautiful. There are tons of amenities and fun activities. The staff are very nice and very helpful. Our camp site (electric only) was large and comfortable and not too close to any neighbors. All in all the campground is amazing if you're able bodied. *side note: we pulled in late at night and this place is nearly impossible to navigate at night. It took us an hour to find our camp.

The second thing I'll say is that although I'm disabled and use a wheelchair, I do not expect campgrounds to be completely accessible, i.e., I realize the terrain and roads and such are going to be rough and bumpy etc.

That being said, there are certain MUSTS that any disabled person needs. The most important is an accessible bathroom and shower (if the campground provides showers). All bathrooms should have at least one stall, at every bathroom station, that is accessible from the outside and is 100% ADA compliant on the inside. At this particular campground one of the "comfort stations" by the pool had zero accessible stalls and the shower doors were about 18" wide. The other comfort station that I found looked accessible, but upon closer inspection the bathroom stall was not remotely accessible to me and although the shower doors were wider there were ledges and loose gravel at the entrance making it very difficult for me and impossible for some others to enter.

There should also be ramp access to every building which I did not see. The pancake tent was our favorite feature and although there was a dirt "ramp" that I was able to traverse, there are some wheelchair users who need better.

It's 2018 and I feel like a company as large and as "accommodating" as KOA should have amazing accessibility and I did not see that here. :( There is ONE bathroom at the main front office that has a very nice handicapped stall but be prepared to wait while all the able bodied people use it first. Also, one bathroom in the main building does not qualify this campground as ADA Accessible, which it says it is.

Great Location in the Black Hills

We got into Custer's Gulch at night in a thunderstorm. The staff left out our reservation paperwork so we knew where to go. As dark as it was at night pulling into the spot was a breeze. Fairly level and kinda far back off the road. We had a full hookup site. Water was discolored but tasted fine, hey its well water and it's camping. Being that we arrived at night we woke up to one of the most picturesque views. A sunny clear day in the black hills. Check in morning was easy and the staff was friendly. There are laundry facilities and a bath house. Dumpster is kinda far away but that's a good thing if you ask me. Gravel roads are in great shape. The campground is 5 minutes from Custer, SD and within 30 minutes of all the must do sites.

Beautiful View

This is a one of a kind campsite! It had the most beautiful view. Driving in we didn't think we would get a spot because there were already so many campers, but there were still so many spots left. It is a huge campsite! The only scary part was how windy it was because we were camping on a cliff, but there is parking further away from the cliff! There is a fence at the entrance that you have to open and close when entering. I would definitely stay here again!

Beautiful rock formations to explore, remote location

Toadstool park has a small number of nonreservable camping spots that are nicely spaced, with honor system payment on site. Toilets are available but no running water or power. Access to the park is via dirt roads that can be difficult after heavy rain. Beautiful place to explore, where we found very friendly other campers.

No pool!

The sites are tight. Showers are very nice.

Pretty and centrally located for many popular sites.

We stayed at the campgrounds for two nights while visiting the Black Hills in early August. We stayed for a Friday and Saturday night. The campgrounds are tucked back in the woods which makes for a beautiful morning, though because it's located off a pretty busy road it's probable that it may not be as quiet during more busy seasons of the year. The camp hosts are very kind and helpful and can gladly recommend local sites depending on the visitors interests.

The campgrounds is located about 5 minutes from Mount Rushmore and is a great central point for other popular sites, such as the Black Elk Wilderness, Custer Park or either Wind Cave National Park or Jewel Cave National Monument.

Despite being out in the woods, the campsites are located very close to each other meaning that if you're stuck next to three noisy men, as we were, you're going to hear their entire conversation about car engines and their friend Mike's relationship with his wife.

Beautiful and serene

Gracious camp hosts, nice level grounds for tents, plenty of firewood for sake and the most beautiful views anywhere. My husband and I spent a quiet weekend, relaxing, shore fishing and spending quality time together. Perfect! The onoy thing that would make it better are shower houses