South Dakota

Learn about camping and boondocking in South Dakota

Boondocking in South Dakota!

Boondocking in South Dakota is fairly plentiful with Black Hills National Forest, three national grasslands, Badlands National Monument, and several free camping areas operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. There is also some BLM lands in the western-half of the state. You can also find free camping at the state’s wildlife management areas.

South Dakota Boondocking Map

This South Dakota Boondocking Map contains locations of free boondocking and free campgrounds where bloggers and YouTubers have produced detailed reviews. Click on a map marker to access their reviews…

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South Dakota Boondocking Maps

South Dakota Rest Area Map

Updated: April 3, 2024

The South Dakota rest area map presented below was compiled from information and official road maps published by South Dakota...

Places to Camp for Free in South Dakota

North Shore Recreation Area, Fort Thompson, SD

Updated: June 16, 2024

North Shore Recreation Area, Fort Thompson, SD Free camping is hard to find in South Dakota once you get east...

Dude Ranch Lakeside Use Area, Oacoma, SD

Updated: June 16, 2024

Dude Ranch Lakeside Use Area, Oacoma, SD You won’t find a lot of free camping in South Dakota east of...

South Dakota State Camping Laws and Regulations

South Dakota Rest Area Rules

Updated: April 5, 2024

What are the full South Dakota rest area rules? Can you park overnight at South Dakota rest areas? How long...

Federal Lands in South Dakota