Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life-and travel-leaves marks on you.
----Anthony Bourdain

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Spokane Creek Campground, South Dakota

When we began our search for a campground for our trip to the Black Hills, we had certain criteria that had to be met: electricity, running water, shade, and near some kind of creek, river, lake, etcWe attempted to get a site in one of the many state and national parks in the area, but since it was the week of the 4th of July, we came up empty. So, we began looking at private campgrounds, and we found the perfect spot. Spokane Creek is just outside of Keystone, SD on Iron Mountain Road.
Since our camper is small, we were able to get one of their "tent sites", which is perfect for pop-ups or small trailers. The campground met all of our criteria.

Our youngest son was able to have his personal space, pitching his tent closer to the water.
 The whole campground was just beautiful.

Some sites are "dry" (no electricity or water).
 There is a field for tossing ball, throwing frisbees, or just running.
 Each campsite has water, electricity, picnic table, and fire ring.

 A trailer gives campers a place to use the restroom that is closer than the shower house. There are men's and women's restrooms with 2 toilets and 1 sink on each side.
 It may not be the prettiest or nicest facilities, but they were clean, and it got the job done!

Tent sites to the right, RV to the left. The sites that back up to the park do not have fire rings due to their proximity to the woods.

 A small pool is available,
as is putt-putt.
One feature of the campground that was really appreciated was a dishwashing station. It lacked hot water, but we were able to get our dishes washed.
 On their facebook video, it is said that if you climb to the top of the mountain (see can barely see a flag at the top) you can see Mt. Rushmore. It's true, but bring binoculars so you can see what it is!
There's a small playground across from a pavilion (no pictures; there was a reunion going on so the pavilion was in use).
 Cabins are available for those not wanting to camp.
 A small store has souvenirs and the very basics that you may need. There is a grill attached to the store that has an awesome breakfast.

The showerhouse is just beyond the front cabin on the right.
Coin washers & dryers are available. These machines only take quarters; the nice folks in the store will be happy to help you out if you need change.
 The showers have plenty of hooks and a bench: plenty of space!
 Overall impressions:
Very clean campground, with exceptionally nice workers. The girls working in the office/store were great help when it came to suggestions on what to do in the area.
Very reasonably priced.
Spacious sites; we didn't feel like we were right on top of the people beside us. 
For the most part, things were pretty quiet.
Pets are allowed.
We didn't have cell service at our campsite; however, there is wi-fi. It was pretty reliable during the week when it wasn't as crowded; when the campground was crowded, we had to go to the store/cafe for more reliable service.
This is definitely an excellent place to stay. As we drove around, we peeked at other campgrounds and were very glad that we chose this one!
Our stay was 6 nights; we very easily could have stayed longer.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't ever been one to camp, although I can't remember why! I do like staying at interesting places like this. Your blog has some great places.


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