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Dude Ranch Lake Access
4.4 (16 reviews)
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A Lake Access site run by the South Dakota Department of Fish & Game. Free camping, no hookups. Maximum stay of 7 days

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43.7813, -99.4263
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Weather
Averages
Forecast
jan
0.53"
31.3°
11.1°
feb
0.51"
35.6°
15.5°
mar
1.11"
45.2°
24.2°
apr
2.47"
59.1°
35.8°
may
3.32"
70.2°
47.2°
jun
3.96"
79.6°
56.8°
jul
2.75"
87.2°
63.1°
aug
2.41"
85.8°
61.4°
sep
2.19"
76.1°
50.3°
oct
1.89"
61.3°
37.9°
nov
0.64"
44.2°
24.4°
dec
0.44"
32°
12.9°
Seasonal scales
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Crowdedness
Others between 10 and 50 feet away
Fullness
Half of spots are available
Noise
Pure silence
Shade
Very few shady spots
Cleanliness
A few trash spottings
Safety
Feels pretty safe
Road difficulty
Take it a little slow, but any vehicle should be fine
Features and amenities
Picnic tables
Pets allowed
Fire pits
Toilets
Trash
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woodiemorley
1
Sep 2021
Dude Ranch-Loved It

What a great spot! It's beautiful and absolutely quiet (except for the wind in the night that shook the camper and lasted hours😁) There were about 5 other campers and none of us ran our generators. The site and toilet were clean.

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cwattsgoodforyou
3
Sep 2021
Great view and loved the lapping waves of the Missouri.

Quiet, with 2 other sets of tent campers.

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sparks
7
Jun 2021
Dude Ranch

Riverside at the boat ramp. Pit toilet and dumpster. Lots of campers and boat ramp traffic. Washboard road in.

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dedelyn
0
Jun 2021
Camping at Dude Ranch - Free!

Pulled in late with family. Nice spot. We felt safe. Only exception was that a man approached me and my daughter asking to pet our dog - at midnight. Not a considerate move. That was a bit creeper feeling. Otherwise, beautiful spot.

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swoosher
1
Jun 2021
Great view considering its a free place to park!

We stopped here one night when traveling I-90. We got in late and there where already a half dozen other vehicles in the area. They appear to have four fire rings and four picnic tables. There is also a vault toilet. One of the fire pits was full of old beer cans and it could use a cleaning but for free this was a great stop.

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casitazach
3
May 2021
Great views for the price

Stayed one night on a Monday. Shared the lot with 3 bigger rigs and a few car and tent campers. Plenty of space for everyone. Very peaceful and beautiful views.

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nenelson
21
Oct 2020
Nice RV Boondock Spot Not Far From I-90

Was headed West on I-90. This is a nice free spot not too far from the freeway. A couple miles of washboard gravel road makes for slow going approach to the site. We were in a hurry West, just stayed one night.

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nissim
8
Aug 2020
Free campground

Nice views, quiet and peaceful.

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nissim
8
Aug 2020
Free campsite

Pretty good for a night or too. Beautiful view

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roadpickle
2216
Aug 2020
Quiet place

There were four other RVs camped here when I arrived (Sunday, August 16, 2020). But still room for maybe a few more RVs. It's just a large dirt parking lot. There are picnic tables, fire rings, a pit toilet, trash dumpster, and fish cleaning station. Even though it's run by the South Dakota Department of Fish & Game, there is signage from the Army Corps of Engineers here also.

The access road into here includes about 2 miles of hard packed dirt and gravel. Much of it is fine, but there are several washboarded areas, and one small place with heavy dips and ruts. Overall, just about any vehicle or RV can get in here.

Verizon 4G came in at 2 bars for me.

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Anonymous
0
Aug 2020
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paco
6
Aug 2020
Free camping

Stayed one night, was able to get a spot with a picnic table and fire ring; very few spots with tables.

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lostandnotfound
3
Jul 2020
Stunning glass water.

There was a little trash so I picked it all up and now it's pristine! I would highly recommend this location. The only issue I had were 2 local hillbillies fighting amongst themselves about who lost the keys to their car late one night.

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captainlincoln2007
11
Jul 2020
Nice stop over

Pretty views one vault toilet. Fairly crowded for a thursday night but it was summer. Killer horseflys, ouch! Didnt go in the water, but it looks nice.

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jomil29
59
Jul 2020
Free Riverside Camping

Large gravel lot near the river with a latrine, picnic tables, fire rings and a dumpster. Peaceful nature setting that is accessible by all vehicles.

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roadflipping
8
Jun 2020
Nice free spot on Missouri River

Nice Boondocking on the Missouri River. There are picnic tables, fire pits, one public bathroom/toilet (did not visit), and a boat ramp. The beach had some dead fish wash up, but the site and overall experience was good. Would come back again.

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