Sunday, February 19, is the first day to make your camping reservation at a South Dakota State Park. Friday, May 19, is the first available date and also the State Parks’ open house weekend and kick-off for the summer season.
Reservations for summer dates become available 90 days before arrival at over 40 parks. Only Custer State Park requires one year advance notice. Campsites become available at 7 a.m. on the first day of the 90-day window, but reservations for available campsites can be made until the day you arrive.
State Parks Director Katie Ceroll encourages campers to keep an eye on the calendar and make reservations as soon as possible. Memorial Day reservations open February 25 for a Friday arrival and Father’s Day weekend spots open March 18.
“The sooner you plan your camping trip, the better,” said Ceroll. “We had a record number of campers at our parks last year, and campsites at popular parks go quickly.”
The 90-day window calendar can be found online at gfp.sd.gov. Reservations can be made 24 hours a day, both online at campsd.com and by calling 1-800-710-2267. Taxes and reservation fees may apply.