Pierson Ranch Recreation Area

Quick Facts

Pierson Ranch Recreation Area

South Dakota

(605) 668-2985

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Things To Do

Overview

Pierson Ranch Recreation Area opened in 1959 and is the oldest campground in the area. It was the first campground to be constructed after Gavins Point Dam was completed. Because the park is located right between two other popular South Dakota recreation areas, Chief White Crane and Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, visitors can take advantage of a wide variety of recreation opportunities in all three parks.

Convenience is the key word for this park. The park provides easy access to four picnic shelters and sixty-seven campsites. In addition, the large day-use area serves as an excellent facility for hosting family reunions and large group picnics. The playground equipment, bike trail and basketball and tennis courts add to its popularity.

Map of Pierson Ranch Rec. Area (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.874989, -97.488427

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    There is a bicycle trail through the park. It is part of the Lewis and Clark Bicycle/Pedestrian Trail, which is 6.2 miles in total. The trail starts at the Pierson Ranch Recreation Area and follows the shoreline of picturesque Lewis & Clark Lake to the western end of the Gavin's Point campground, then continues around the northern boundary of the camping areas for a different route on the return trip.

  • Camping

    The park has 67 campsites and two cabins, each of which can accommodate up to four people.

  • Fishing

    The park has opportunities for fishing.

  • Hiking

    Visitors can hike on the portion of the Lewis and Clark Bicycle/Pedestrian Trail that passes through the park. The trail is 6.2 miles in total. It starts at the Pierson Ranch Recreation Area and follows the shoreline of picturesque Lewis and Clark Lake to the western end of the Gavin's Point campground, then continues around the northern boundary of the camping areas for a different route on the return trip.

  • Picnicking

    There are four picnic shelters in the park.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campgrounds.

  • Tennis

    There is a tennis court in the park.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round, but most of the activities are geared toward summer use.

Directions

Driving

Located 4 miles SW of Yankton off SD Hwy 52.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(605) 668-2985

Campground reservations

(800) 710-2267

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