We happened upon this while up for a wedding in Pierre. It is a free campground! There are RV and tent sites, a dump station, water fill up, bathrooms, and even a park. The tent sites are right on the river and there is even a beach that you can hang out at. You are right on the Lewis and Clark Trail for riding.
The tent sites are pretty secluded for it being a city park. It was a little noisy at night but it was perfect for waking up in the morning and watching the clouds flow over the river with a cup of coffee in hand.
We stayed here 2 nights in September and rode motorcycle through the Badlands/Custer State Park during the day. Few trees, but the newly planted ones will soon offer more shade. Very roomy sites so you’re not right on top of each other. Camped along the river- fishing/swimming access right from the campsite. Hands down best shower/bathroom facilities I’ve ever seen in a state park. We have a small enclosed trailer, so was nice to have electric. Always haul our water- good as none on site. Dump station and water in park, but not at sites.
The lawns are very well maintained. The shower and bathrooms are impeccable. The beach and playgrounds are great. Shade is a commodity very hard to find. However, in about fifteen years ample trees have been planted that this problem should be corrected. Staff are accommodating and friendly. Great kIckback park because little else to do. Water is only at dump station, the shower house, or two hydrants located in the park. A great one nighter.
We love going to Oahe Downstream Campground every year. We have camped in both Campgrounds. Campground # 2 is closer to the river so it feels much cooler than Campground 1. Lots of things to enjoy if you have kids or even Teens. They have a 18 hole Disc Golf coarse . Bring your bikes because you can ride to the trailrace area or around the campgrounds. There are other biking & hiking areas with in the area and Pierre Sd. You can go kayak or visit the beautiful Butterfly garden. If you love to camp in the fall this is the place beautiful foliage and always quiet.
At the meeting of the Missouri River and the Bad River a small campground is found. Sites are close together and in the sun but there are full hookups. A spacious park is next door. The bike path leads into historic Fort Pierre and beyond. Museums await you as you explore Lewis and Clark’s stopover. This is an ok place to camp but being near town and the beautiful river and bike path make this a nice possibility.
We stopped for 1 note on the way west to Mt. Rushmore. It is a nice little park with a friendly staff that likes to show folks the garden. Ultra clean RR's and showers with nice tile and woodwork. Definitely a stop over as Presho is a 1 horse town!
Super helpful and friendly staff, clean bathrooms, well-maintained sites. Gorgeous views of the Missouri River. The only negative was the amazing number of flies. It was hard to cook with the flies diving into our pots and pans and biting us. It was my first trip to South Dakota. Maybe flies are a thing there??
There are 2 campgrounds in this area. They are Electric only, have picnic tables and fire rings and are fairly level. The area is clean and well kept and the showers and toilets are also clean. The hosts were friendly and welcoming. We were able to get cell service here and there was plenty of room between sites.
This area is great for Bird watching, hiking, fishing, and relaxing. We stayed in Campground 2 for a bit the 3rd week of May and I would advise people to go earlier or a week after. We couldn't control nature but the cottonwoods were dropping their seed pods and they were sticking to everything, including in between my dogs pads of their feet and it was hard and painful to remove them. Just 1 week and it would have not been a problem. Otherwise this is a wonderful place to visit.
Every year in May, we return to Oahe Downstream and usually get site 196 facing the River. The bird watching is wonderful here and the Bald Eagles will put on a show for you. The area is picture perfect. This area is very popular. There is a swimming beach, a nice playground, hiking trails, and great fishing spots. In this campground they also offer cute cabins. The bathrooms/showers are clean as is the campgrounds.
Oahe also offers an archery range, shooting range, disc golf and horseshoe pits, a marina and bike rentals.
Our site is $19/day for Electric and we usually get good cell service here.
I love the Kennebec KOA! I stayed here for the first time last October on my way to the Badlands. It was my first KOA experience and it was wonderful! because I got there late, I stayed in the one-room simple cabins instead of pitching my tent. Those things are rad! The bathrooms are clean and the general store has good stuff. The camp hosts are really friendly and welcoming. I stayed here again in July (again on my way to the Badlands) and will always stay here if I’m close to Kennebec on a road trip.
This is a very public campground that is free. The first row is for RV parking and tents can go anywhere on the grass in the next row. Behind the tent area is water. There are no showers, but there are bathrooms. The bathrooms do not have soap at the sinks, just a heads-up. The camping is near the baseball field.
This campground lies just below the Oahe Dam on the Missouri River and offers lots of opportunities for boating activities of all kinds. With over 200 sites there are plenty of options for everyone, from large trailers to small tents. Showers (cost included in campground fee) and bathrooms are sparkling clean and warm. Water spigots are scattered throughout the campground and nearby.
All reservations must be done through their online system (http://travel.campsd.com/Reserve-A-Campsite) or over the phone, although there is a campground office open during the day. We arrived late without a reservation and found the smartphone app non-functional and needed to call in order to make one, which cost us another $2.
In the prime campgrounds (flush toilets & showers), electric sites are $21; in the preferred campgrounds, electric sites are $19; and non-electric sites are $15. The $5 per day entrance fee is not included in the reservation.