Stockade Lake State Park North/south
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Beautiful campground with lots of trees. Excellent location to visit Mount Rushmore and other sights in South Dakota. Our site was long enough but we had to be very careful backing in to clear trees. The sites are spacious and level with beautiful views. Be sure to make reservations well in advance as this is a popular park.
Great Campground But Book Ahead
This is the first Custer State Park campground as you enter the park and is one of their larger ones set beautifully in a forested area near Stockade Lake. Overall it’s a great area. Large, level sites with electrical hook-up available, good shade and privacy between campers. There’s also a ton of activities on-site including a playground (on a large grassy area), movies about Custer SP at night and free canoeing on the lake once a week. On the negative side there’s no hiking trails right from the park, but you are within walking distance of the Lake and driving distance of everything in Custer SP. The other negative is that because it’s so popular, it’s almost always completely booked out. We talked to people who’d booked 8 months ahead for their site and we got one of the very last pull-in sites (non-electric) when we booked a month and a half ago. Overall a great campground, but beware to book way ahead if you’re coming in summer.
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