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 a site right on Lake Thompson. There are clean and modern restrooms available with free showers. A hiking/biking trail goes along the lake, through the campground and to the swimming beach. Friendly staff - great facilities.
The stark beauty of this primitive camping area was beyond words. At the end of a long dirt road, you will find this diamond in the rough. Featuring just a handful of small sites, the remoteness of this area is well-suited for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Enjoy your morning coffee with a view of the water, mountain range in the distance and curious herd of pronghorn, investigating your presence from a nearby ridge. Perfect campground for star-gazing and just getting away from it all.
-Bring your own water
+Nice vault toilet (and a great view from the outhouse door!)
We arrived on a Thursday and were able to snag one of the much-coveted lakeside sites for a private view of the sunset. Sites were level and clean and it never got busy for the weekend, which is just the way I like it. Although there are tons of other state campgrounds nearby with more amenities, I would gladly trade all of that for the no-electric, vault toilet, water pump solitude of North Trout Lake. The campground has a nature trail and is also located on a paved bike path that runs between nearby towns and connects to the other camping areas.
Amenities: nice/clean vault toilets, water from pump tastes fantastic, swimming beach, firewood for sale onsite, no electric, no showers.