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Description - A popular campsite for the Arikara and Mandan people in the past, West Whitlock now draws modern-day campers and fishermen to its shores. When the area became a park, it was named for Mrs. J.F. Whitlock, whose pioneering family once owned the land. Whitlock Crossing was the name given to a small settlement that operated a ferry across the river near the area.

Attractions - Lake Oahe Reservoir, located on the Missouri River, provides hours of outdoor fun. The lake has more than 2,000 miles of shoreline and its clear waters are ideal for boating, sailing, fishing, water skiing and diving. Campers, history buffs, mountain bikers and hikers will find new adventures in this rugged land first explored by Lewis and Clark.

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 100-mile long Lake Oahe Reservoir and access is available at the park's modern boat launch.

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.

Camping & Fees: $11/electrical, $8/non-electrical site. 100 sites (87 electrical). One accessible site. Showers. Water. Dump station. Camping Cabins: Two cabins. Each sleep four people. $32/night.

Recreation - Hiking and cross-country ski trails. Historical interest, replica of Arikara earth Lodge similar to the ones Lewis and Clark saw. Horseshoe pits. Picnic area, picnic shelter. Playground. Volleyball. Game/equipment checkout.

Swimming/Beaches: Ski beach, swimming beach. No lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risk.

Fishing/Boating: Fish cleaning station. Boat ramp. Walleye, smallmouth bass, white bass, rainbow trout, brown trout, sauger, chinook salmon, northern pike and perch. License required.

Location - Located 18 miles W of Gettysburg off US 212

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West Whitlock Recreation Area, 16157A West Whitlock Road , Gettysburg, South Dakota, 57442, Phone: (605) 765-9410
, WhitlockRec@state.sd.us

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