North Shore Recreation Area, Fort Thompson, SD

North Shore Recreation Area, Fort Thompson, SD Free camping is hard to find in South Dakota once you get east of the Badlands. Fortunately, the Army Corps of Engineers has set up several recreation areas along the Missouri River. Most of the better campgrounds within these recreation areas will cost you per-night fees. However, North ... Read more

Dude Ranch Lakeside Use Area, Oacoma, SD

Dude Ranch Lakeside Use Area, Oacoma, SD You won’t find a lot of free camping in South Dakota east of the Badlands. Dude Ranch happens to be among the handful, and probably one of the most popular. Because it’s located just a couple miles away from I-90 and the City of Chamberlain, many RV boondockers ... Read more

A Guide to 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 ... Read more

South Dakota Rest Area Map

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

South Dakota Rest Area Rules

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