West Whitlock Recreation Area

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West Whitlock Recreation Area

South Dakota

(605) 765-9410

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A popular campsite for the Arikara and Mandan people in the past, West Whitlock now draws modern-day campers and fishermen to the shores of Lake Oahe. When the area became a park, it was named for Mrs. J.F. Whitlock, whose pioneering family once owned the land. Anglers looking for wide-open waters and a variety of sport fish will enjoy a visit to West Whitlock Recreation Area. West Whitlock is located on the Lake Oahe Reservoir and access is available at the park's modern boat launch.

Map of West Whitlock Rec. Area (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.061581, -100.270705



  • Boating

    Boat ramps provide access to Lake Oahe.

  • Camping

    There are more than 100 campsites and two cabins (each sleeps four people). The campground is open May-September and the cabins are open year-round.

  • Fishing

    With a license, visitors can catch walleye, smallmouth bass, white bass, sauger, chinook salmon, northern pike, and perch. The park has a fish cleaning station. Anglers looking for wide-open waters and a variety of sport fish will enjoy a visit to this park.

  • Hiking

    The Louis Badger Trail, 1.75 miles long, is an easy trail through the park and along the lake's high water shoreline.

  • Historic Sites

    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.

  • Picnicking

    There is a picnic shelter on the shore.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campground.

  • Water Sports

    There is a swimming beach but no lifeguard. There is also a beach for water skiers.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country skiers use the Louis Badger Trail in the winter. This trail is 1.75 miles long and follows the lake's high water shoreline.


The park is open year-round, as are the camping cabins. The campsites are open May-September. The park offers recreational activities in every season: water sports in the summer, nature walks in the spring, foliage in the fall, and cross-country skiing in the winter.



Located 18 miles W of Gettysburg off US 212

Phone Numbers


(605) 765-9410

Campground reservations

(800) 710-2267