Great rustic campsite. Can use generators. Great views and really close to Mount Rushmore. Big sites with cement areas under picnic tables and grill area. Very clean. Vault toilets. No showers. Faucets for water. Recycling available. Great hosts greet and will help you - they will help you with anything. Some sites right on the lake. Forested area. It is very rightly a popular choice and we are glad that we booked in advance.
A good facility with very helpful staff who will help you out when you want to change site or need information. Our ambassador led us to our site enthusiastically and shared our dismay at the small and narrow site in the dark trees and suggested we return to the main, very modern and expensive registration building to request something else. It is good to remember that most site lengths leave little provision for a car behind behind your camper so add on your vehicle length when reserving a site. They have more sites suitable to tenters and tiny pop-ups or the big rigs. Roads get cluttered with vehicles parked willy nilly in front and behind their units because of this size issue. Buy all food and firewood elsewhere. Don's Express off exit 61 in Rapid City was our stock up point. A small bundle of wood is almost $6. Our site flooded in the rain and staff offered to help us move. Well drained sites are not evident after 2 days of rain. This campsite has resort activities and lots of programmed events: our kids loved it. Most sites are on top of each other: go for something in the 600's or get really picky off their hard to read map. Do not take their first offer. This camp ground could get really busy and noisy in the summer heat. Memorial Weekend is a great time to visit: lots to do and see and a very quiet campground this time out. Free garbage and recyclable pickup each morning is a nice little touch as is their focus on recycling. Ice cream is a good treat and the free wine tasting is a nice touch for adults. They check ID very carefully. All in all we were impressed with this campsite for their facilities and staff attitude but not for the campsites. It is a lot like camping in a parking lot so get really picky and feel free to get advise from the Ambassador. They know what is really going on. 500+ sites make for lots of traffic so if you like quiet and nature, this is not a good choice. If you have kids and want a top class resort experience, then have at it. Just accept the high price for a small campsite and a $6 per night resort fee for their WiFi which is very good, and the fun events for kids and adults.
Booking done on-line: includes an $8.50 charge for doing the book per visit. Electricity was an extra $4 which we did not need but the site has it. Site was on the prairie side and not on the wood/river side. The wooded sites are buggy and very shady but more attractive than the prairie sites. Sites are not large but have long parking pads. The middle section is more crowded than the outside campsites. Very friendly camp hosts who took time to explain park events. One geocache at the park had been moved. Life guards are on duty at certain times at the man-made lake: not really a swimming pool in the traditional sense but very nice. Great hiking. Park rangers will deliver wood to your site and drove around in the evening offering wood for sale. Bathrooms were OK: clean enough. Limited number of showers.