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Description - Convenience is the key word for this park. Right off Highway 52, the park provides easy access to four picnic shelters and 67 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/tennis court add to its popularity.

Pierson Ranch 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. Located right between two other popular South Dakota recreation areas, visitors can take advantage of a wide variety of recreation opportunities in all three parks.

Attractions - Camping & Fees: $10/non-electrical, $13/electrical site. 67 sites (all electrical). One wheelchair accessible site. Showers. Water. Dump station.

Camping Cabins: Two cabins, one accessible. Each sleeps four people. $37/night.

Recreation - Basketball court. Paved, accessible hiking/biking trail. Trail connects to Lewis and Clark Recreation Area and the city of Yankton. Horseshoe pits. Four accessible picnic shelters. Picnic shelter features kitchen facilities available to rent for $50. Playground equipment. Volleyball and tennis courts. Softball diamond. Soccer fields with goals. Game/equipment checkout.

Location - Located 4 miles SW of Yankton off SD Hwy 52

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Pierson Ranch Recreation Area , 43349 SD Hwy 52 , Yankton, South Dakota, 57442, Phone: (605) 668-2985
, Lewis-Clark@state.sd.us

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