Best Camping near Lead, SD

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Whether you're a tent camper, an RVer, or just passing through, Lead, SD has a lot to offer. There's so much to see and do, from exhilarating hikes or bike rides to exploring the local dining and shopping. Find the best campgrounds near Lead, plus reviews and photos from other campers like you.

Best Camping Sites Near Lead, SD (240)

    Camper-submitted photo from Spearfish City Campground
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    1.

    Spearfish City Campground

    37 Reviews
    63 Photos
    113 Saves
    Spearfish, South Dakota

    The Spearfish City Campground is a beautiful shaded campground nestled along Spearfish Creek, one of the best trout fishing streams in the Black Hills.

    The Campground is located adjacent to the D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery and Spearfish City Park. It offers a variety of campsites, from non-hookup sites to premium spaces with creek access and other amenities.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Pactola Reservoir Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pactola Reservoir Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pactola Reservoir Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pactola Reservoir Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pactola Reservoir Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pactola Reservoir Campground

    2.

    Pactola Reservoir Campground

    31 Reviews
    89 Photos
    212 Saves
    Silver City, South Dakota

    Overview

    This campground is nestled in the pine trees along the south shore of Pactola Reservoir, offering guests lake views and access to a multitude of recreational opportunities both on land and water. Pactola Visitor Center is located in close proximity to the campground, providing opportunities for conservation education and information to visitors.

    Recreation

    Black Hills National Forest offers recreational opportunities for all ages. Visitors can take advantage of opportunities for hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and riding off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on moderate terrain. From Pactola Reservoir, hikers can access the 2.2-mile Osprey Trail which includes two loop trails and a spur trail to an overlook. The trail is named for the ospreys that are often seen in the area. Pactola Reservoir is an ideal spot for fishing and boating. The reservoir is stocked with rainbow, lake and brown trout as well as largemouth and rock bass, kokanee salmon and yellow perch. Record lake trout are caught here annually, and large brown trout find habitat in Rapid Creek above and below the reservoir.

    Facilities

    Black Hills National Forest offers recreational opportunities for all ages. Visitors can take advantage of opportunities for hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and riding off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on moderate terrain. From Pactola Reservoir, hikers can access the 2.2-mile Osprey Trail which includes two loop trails and a spur trail to an overlook. The trail is named for the ospreys that are often seen in the area. Pactola Reservoir is an ideal spot for fishing and boating. The reservoir is stocked with rainbow, lake and brown trout as well as largemouth and rock bass, kokanee salmon and yellow perch. Record lake trout are caught here annually, and large brown trout find habitat in Rapid Creek above and below the reservoir.

    Natural Features

    Located in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, Black Hills National Forest encompasses nearly 1.25 million acres of rugged rock formations, canyons and gulches, open grassland parks, tumbling streams, deep blue lakes, and unique caves. Derived from the Lakota language, the words "Paha Sapa," meaning "hills that are black," honor the dark, pine-covered hills rising several thousand feet above the surrounding prairie. Pactola Reservoir is the largest and deepest reservoir in the Black Hills, boasting 14 miles of shoreline and 150 foot depths on 800 acres. The Bureau of Reclamation manages the dam and water. Wildlife in the area abounds. Bighorn sheep navigate mountainous terrain, while elk, deer and pronghorn gather in forests and prairies. Bald eagles, hawks, osprey, peregrine falcon, and hundreds of other bird species can be found in the forest, especially along streams, lakes and rivers.

    Nearby Attractions

    Nearby Jewel Cave is the second longest cave in the world at 159.29 miles. It features sparkling calcite crystals and other rare formations, as well as some of the largest concentrations of passageways in the world. Other possible day trips include Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Monument, Devils Tower National Monument and Wind Cave National Park.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (605) 574-4402.

    Charges & Cancellations

    No refunds wil be given for weather or related events.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $28 - $34 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch

    3.

    Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch

    52 Reviews
    211 Photos
    162 Saves
    Hill City, South Dakota

    Welcome to Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch, a bustling campground near Hill City, SD. This place is packed with amenities and activities, making it a hit for families and groups. You’ll find two pools, a splash pad, and a jumping pillow to keep the kids entertained. There’s also a variety of dining options, including a restaurant, coffee shop, and even a spot for tacos and margaritas.

    For those who love outdoor adventures, you can rent side-by-sides or take a chuck wagon ride. Horseback riding is also available, offering a unique way to explore the beautiful surroundings. The campground is just a short drive from Mount Rushmore, making it a convenient base for exploring the iconic monument and other nearby attractions.

    The campground offers a mix of tent, RV, and cabin accommodations. Some sites are a bit tight, especially for larger RVs, but there are patio pull-through options that provide a bit more space. The property is generally clean, and the staff is friendly and helpful.

    One thing to note is that cell reception can be spotty, so be prepared to disconnect a bit. Wi-Fi is available but can be unreliable, so plan accordingly if you need to stay connected.

    Overall, Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch is a lively and family-friendly campground with plenty to do. Whether you’re here for the amenities or the proximity to Mount Rushmore, you’re sure to have a memorable stay.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Chris' Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Chris' Campground
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    4.

    Chris' Campground

    16 Reviews
    22 Photos
    58 Saves
    Spearfish, South Dakota

    Welcome to Chris' Campground, nestled near the charming town of Spearfish, South Dakota. This spot is a fantastic base for exploring the stunning Black Hills region. Open from April 15 to October 15, it offers a peaceful retreat with a solid 4.5-star rating from visitors.

    One of the standout features here is the exceptional customer service. Folks have consistently praised the friendly and helpful staff, who go out of their way to ensure you have a memorable stay. Whether you need tips on local attractions or help backing into your site, they've got you covered.

    The campground itself is well-maintained and thoughtfully laid out. You'll find clean showers and restrooms, a convenient laundry facility, and even a nice pool to cool off in. For those traveling with pets, you'll be pleased to know that pets are welcome here. Just remember, no alcohol is allowed on the premises.

    Chris' Campground is big rig friendly and offers various hookups, including electric, water, and sewer. If you're into glamping, RVing, or just pitching a tent, there's an accommodation type for you. Plus, the sites are spacious and shaded, providing a comfortable spot to relax after a day of adventure.

    Speaking of adventure, the location is prime. You're just a short drive from town and within easy reach of Deadwood and two national monuments. Whether you're into hiking, sightseeing, or just soaking in the natural beauty, there's plenty to keep you busy.

    In summary, Chris' Campground is a clean, friendly, and convenient place to stay while you explore the wonders of the Black Hills. Highly recommended by those who've stayed here, it's a spot where you can truly unwind and enjoy the great outdoors.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $23 - $65 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Sheridan Lake South Shore Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sheridan Lake South Shore Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sheridan Lake South Shore Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sheridan Lake South Shore Campground
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    5.

    Sheridan Lake South Shore Campground

    30 Reviews
    152 Photos
    179 Saves
    Hill City, South Dakota

    Overview

    This campground is along the south shore of Sheridan Lake. Within its 5 large loops, there are many sites with direct access to the lake. Access to the south boat ramp and the Flume Trailhead from within the campground and easy access to the South Beach Area, this recreational complex has everything needed for a fun, family camping experience.

    Recreation

    Black Hills National Forest offers a multitude of recreational opportunites throughout all seasons. Hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and riding off-highway vehicles are popular in summer and early autumn. Winter landscapes are ideal for snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling. The Dakota Point Trailhead for the popular Centennial Trail is located on the northeast side of Sheridan Lake, as is the Calumet Trailhead for the Flume Trail. At 11 miles (plus a 3-mile loop), the Flume Trail has been designated a National Recreation Trail because of its historical significance to the local people. The Rockerville Flume carried water 20 miles, from Spring Creek west of present day Sheridan Lake, east to the placer diggings near Rockerville. The flume operated until 1885, and the trail follows the actual flume bed for much of its length. Along the way are historic artifacts and parts of the flume itself. Sheridan Lake is an ideal spot for fishing, swimming and boating. The reservoir supports populations of rainbow, brown trout, northern pike and perch. Fly fishing is popular in Spring Creek below the dam, and ice fishing is popular on the lake in winter.

    Facilities

    Black Hills National Forest offers a multitude of recreational opportunites throughout all seasons. Hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and riding off-highway vehicles are popular in summer and early autumn. Winter landscapes are ideal for snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling. The Dakota Point Trailhead for the popular Centennial Trail is located on the northeast side of Sheridan Lake, as is the Calumet Trailhead for the Flume Trail. At 11 miles (plus a 3-mile loop), the Flume Trail has been designated a National Recreation Trail because of its historical significance to the local people. The Rockerville Flume carried water 20 miles, from Spring Creek west of present day Sheridan Lake, east to the placer diggings near Rockerville. The flume operated until 1885, and the trail follows the actual flume bed for much of its length. Along the way are historic artifacts and parts of the flume itself. Sheridan Lake is an ideal spot for fishing, swimming and boating. The reservoir supports populations of rainbow, brown trout, northern pike and perch. Fly fishing is popular in Spring Creek below the dam, and ice fishing is popular on the lake in winter.

    Natural Features

    Located in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, Black Hills National Forest encompasses nearly 1.25 million acres of rugged rock formations, canyons and gulches, open grassland parks, tumbling streams, deep blue lakes, and unique caves. Derived from the Lakota language, the words "Paha Sapa," meaning "hills that are black," honor the dark, pine-covered hills rising several thousand feet above the surrounding prairie. Wildlife in the area abounds. Bighorn sheep navigate mountainous terrain, while elk, deer and pronghorn gather in forests and prairies. Bald eagles, hawks, osprey, peregrine falcon, and hundreds of other bird species can be found in the forest, especially along streams, lakes and rivers.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (605) 574-4402.

    Nearby Attractions

    Nearby Jewel Cave is the second longest cave in the world at 159.29 miles. It features sparkling calcite crystals and other rare formations, as well as some of the largest concentrations of passageways in the world. Other possible day trips include Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Monument, Devils Tower National Monument and Wind Cave National Park.

    Charges & Cancellations

    No refunds will be given for weather or related events.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash

    $28 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Sylvan Lake Campground — Custer State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sylvan Lake Campground — Custer State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sylvan Lake Campground — Custer State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sylvan Lake Campground — Custer State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sylvan Lake Campground — Custer State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sylvan Lake Campground — Custer State Park

    6.

    Sylvan Lake Campground — Custer State Park

    38 Reviews
    176 Photos
    398 Saves
    Custer, South Dakota

    Anyone who has camped at Sylvan Lake campground in South Dakota’s Custer State Park knows that Black Hills camping doesn’t get much better than this. Sylvan Lake Campground is one of eight designated campgrounds in Custer State Park, and one of the best public land destinations for camping in the Black Hills of southwest South Dakota. The region’s expanse of dense forests, rolling prairies and granite mountain peaks (the very same peaks that were used to form Mount Rushmore) offer photo-snapping tourists and laced-up explorers alike a chance to dive into the ecology of the American West.

    For campers looking for a comfortable and convenient basecamp for diving into the region’s scenery and activities, Sylvan Lake campground is the place to be for many reasons. First, the 40-site campground offers access to the popular swimming spot of Sylvan Lake, where campers might feel inclined to spend their entire stay on the rocky beach of this scenic body of water. There’s also access to multiple hiking trails, suitable for all skill levels, including a trail that takes you to the curious and beautiful Black Elk Peak, the highest summit-able point east of the Rocky Mountains. Both a family-friendly spot and a hardcore adventurer’s playground, Sylvan Lake is Black Hills camping for everyone.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Deadwood KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Deadwood KOA
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    Camper-submitted photo from Deadwood KOA

    7.

    Deadwood KOA

    9 Reviews
    5 Photos
    43 Saves
    Lead, South Dakota
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  1. 8.

    Days End Campground

    10 Reviews
    1963 Photos
    8 Saves
    Sturgis, South Dakota

    We are a family owned since 1994 Campground Resort. We offer Full Hook RV sites to RV Dry Camping sites. We have Cabins with Bathrooms and Camping Cabins. We also offer RV rental. We have Glamping tents and tent site with and without electricity. Located 7 blocks to downtown Sturgis SD. Close to Deadwood, Spearfish, Custer State Park, Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Devils Tower as well as many other excited places to see! Come stay with us and join our Days End Family!!!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 - $800 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Horsethief Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Horsethief Lake Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Horsethief Lake Campground
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    9.

    Horsethief Lake Campground

    30 Reviews
    105 Photos
    302 Saves
    Keystone, South Dakota

    Overview

    Located 10 miles south of Hill City, South Dakota, Horsethief Lake Campground is a delightful setting for visitors seeking recreation and relaxation in Black Hills National Forest. This campground is 2 miles from Mount Rushmore National Memorial and adjacent to Horsethief Lake. Sites are tucked into a forest of towering ponderosa and lodgepole pine.

    Recreation

    Black Hills National Forest offers visitors a multitude of recreational opportunites throughout all seasons. Hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and riding off-highway vehicles are popular in summer and early autumn. Winter landscapes are ideal for snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling. Hundreds of miles of trails and roads offer a variety of terrain for mountain bikers. Hikers and bikers can access the nearby George S. Mickelson Trail, which traverses over 100 miles through the heart of the Black Hills. The majority of the trail follows an abandoned railroad branch line and includes 4 tunnels, over 100 converted railroad bridges, and 15 established trailheads. The trail surface is packed gravel, traversing mountain, meadow, and forest terrain. The trail is named in honor of the former South Dakota governor who crusaded for the trail. For those seeking higher elevations, a day-long trek to the summit of nearby Black Elk Peak is worth the effort. Black Elk Peak is the highest natural point in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. Most of the summit is bare granite and offers expansive views of the surrounding area. An old stone tower at the top(Harney Lookout Tower), once used as a fire lookout, is still open to hikers.

    Facilities

    Black Hills National Forest offers visitors a multitude of recreational opportunites throughout all seasons. Hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and riding off-highway vehicles are popular in summer and early autumn. Winter landscapes are ideal for snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling. Hundreds of miles of trails and roads offer a variety of terrain for mountain bikers. Hikers and bikers can access the nearby George S. Mickelson Trail, which traverses over 100 miles through the heart of the Black Hills. The majority of the trail follows an abandoned railroad branch line and includes 4 tunnels, over 100 converted railroad bridges, and 15 established trailheads. The trail surface is packed gravel, traversing mountain, meadow, and forest terrain. The trail is named in honor of the former South Dakota governor who crusaded for the trail. For those seeking higher elevations, a day-long trek to the summit of nearby Black Elk Peak is worth the effort. Black Elk Peak is the highest natural point in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. Most of the summit is bare granite and offers expansive views of the surrounding area. An old stone tower at the top(Harney Lookout Tower), once used as a fire lookout, is still open to hikers.

    Natural Features

    Located in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, Black Hills National Forest encompasses nearly 1.25 million acres of rugged rock formations, canyons and gulches, open grassland parks, tumbling streams, deep blue lakes, and unique caves. Derived from the Lakota language, the words "Paha Sapa," meaning "hills that are black," honor the dark, pine-covered hills rising several thousand feet above the surrounding prairie. Wildlife in the area abounds. Bighorn sheep navigate mountainous terrain, while elk, deer and pronghorn gather in forests and prairies. Bald eagles, hawks, osprey, peregrine falcon, and hundreds of other bird species can be found in the forest, especially along streams, lakes and rivers.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (605) 574-4402.

    Nearby Attractions

    Explore Mount Rushmore National Memorial, host to almost 3 million visitors a year from across the country and around the world. Visitors may want to inquire about any Independence Day Celebrations taking place on the Mountain. Possible day trips include Custer State Park with its many Buffalo and other wildlife, Crazy Horse Monument and Wind Cave National Park as well as Jewel Cave which is the second longest cave in the world at 159.29 miles. It features sparkling calcite crystals and other rare formations, as well as some of the largest concentrations of passageways in the world..

    Charges & Cancellations

    No refunds will be given for weather related events.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Market

    $26 - $28 / night

  2. 10.

    Wickiup Village Cabins

    7 Reviews
    18 Photos
    41 Saves
    Lead, South Dakota

    Welcome to Wickiup Cabins where adventure or relaxation can go hand in hand. With 20 modernized rustic cabins located on our property, our cabins have all the amenities of home. Stocked with towels, linens and even cookware for the kitchen, each cabin also has a full bathroom. We have what you are looking for. Perhaps, a wedding destination, family reunion, small company retreat or a destination for relaxing while enjoying our mountain streams and quiet peaceful settings under our 80 foot spruce trees. It is here you can also come for hunting, ATV riding, rock climbing above and below us, mountain biking, fishing, riding the Mickelson Trail, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse or historic Lead Deadwood to name some of our Black Hills offerings.

    We are the destination without the cost of a ticket for every ride you have while with us.

    We are located central to the Northern Black Hills at the top of Spearfish Canyon 10 minutes west of Lead Deadwood on Highway 85. Wickiup has the monopoly on Spearfish Creek. Long gone are the cabin camps that once provided memories for children to older folks never to be forgotten. Warm summer days of tubing, fishing, panning for those gold flakes or just skipping rocks.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • Market
    • Trash

    $146 - $285 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Lead, SD?

According to TheDyrt.com, Lead, SD offers a wide range of camping options, with 240 campgrounds and RV parks near Lead, SD and 25 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Lead, SD?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Lead, SD is Spearfish City Campground with a 4.3-star rating from 37 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Lead, SD?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 25 free dispersed camping spots near Lead, SD.

What parks are near Lead, SD?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 8 parks near Lead, SD that allow camping, notably Black Hills National Forest and Devils Tower National Monument.