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West Whitlock Recreation Area

16157 West Whitlock Road Ste. A

A popular campsite for the Arikara and Mandan people in the past, West Whitlock now draws modern-day campers and fishermen to its shores. When the area became a park, it was named for Mrs. J.F. Whitlock, whose pioneering family once owned the land. Whitlock Crossing was the name given to a small settlement that operated a ferry across the river near the area.


The replica of an Arikara earth lodge found in the park is a reminder of the many lodges that the Lewis and Clark expedition saw as they traveled this area. Each lodge, made of cottonwood logs, willow branches and grass, could house up to 20 people. The Arikara people were farmers and grew crops such as corn, beans, squash, sunflowers and tobacco.


Lonnie C

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Beautiful campground and shower house. Top of the line boat ramp and fish cleaning station. All campsites will accommodate any type camper or tents. All sites have power pedestals to charge your boat batteries or bring a string of lights that you can plug in for great camp lighting. Happy trails.

Randy Nelson

Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018
Nice people. Great campground. Bring a boat!

Sherri Butler

Friday, Sep. 15, 2017
So quiet and peaceful and pretty. Campgrounds are very clean. And everyone is so nice. Had a great time.

Lyle Bowers

Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017
Beautiful, clean campground with an awesome manager. Ryan does a great job.

Jamey Tollefson

Saturday, June 17, 2017
This is my favorite South Dakota state park. Relaxing and quiet, except for holiday weekends of course

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Upcoming Events at West Whitlock Recreation Area

Whitlock Bay Walleye Fishing Tournament

Saturday, Jul 7, 2018 from 6:00am to 4:00pm
Gettysburg, SD
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Whitlock Bay Walleye Fishing Tournament

Sunday, Jul 8, 2018 from 6:00am to 4:00pm
Gettysburg, SD
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