Split Rock Park Campground

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512 5th Street, Garretson, SD, 57030

Welcome to Split Rock Park Campground, located on the Northwestern edge of Garretson where a small waterfall is created by a dam across the Split Rock Creek, drawing the eye and attention of all who cross the bridge into town! Split Rock Park houses both RV and tent camping sites which include 30/50 amp sites, boat launch areas that are perfect for canoes and kayaks, a small swimming area north of the dam, a beautiful view of three unique bridges, playground, fishing areas, and an old Sioux Quartzite visitor center that houses a small museum and snack area.

The Jesse James Pontoon sets sail by appointment during the summer months, showcasing the beautiful rock canyons and wildlife that is found north of the park. South of the dam is another kayak and canoe launch, which allows for travel down to Palisades State Park by water. With downtown Garretson just three short blocks away and Devil's Gulch right next door, Split Rock Park is a wonderful space to camp and play. Whether its for a short and or long term stay, we hope to see you soon!

We are open May 1st to October 31st, weather dependent.



Open Dates: May 1 to October 31

Last Updated: 06/24/2022

RV Sites

There is room for the RV, tow vehicle, and 1 extra vehicle per site.  If you need to bring more vehicles beyond that, we do have overflow parking available away from the site.

There are electric hookups at the site.  There is a main water source is away from the site.

Options Starting Daily Starting Weekly Starting Monthly
30 Amp RV Site $22.00 Choose Your Site
50 Amp RV Sites $22.00 Choose Your Site
Large Tent Sites

Sites will fit up to 3 tents (for an additional fee).

If you need special exceptions, please give us a call.

There is room for 2 cars per site, but we do have overflow parking away from the sites if you need to bring more cars.

Vehicle or hammock camping counts as tent camping.

Options Starting Daily Starting Weekly Starting Monthly
Primitive Large Tent Sites $15.00 Choose Your Site
Medium Tent Sites

Sites will fit up to 2 tents (for an additional fee).

If you need special exceptions, please give us a call.

There is room for 2 cars per site, but we do have overflow parking away from the sites if you need to bring more cars.

Vehicle or hammock camping counts as tent camping.

Options Starting Daily Starting Weekly Starting Monthly
Primitive Medium Tent Sites $15.00 Choose Your Site
Small Tent Sites

Sites will fit 1 tent.

If you need special exceptions, please give us a call.

There is room for 2 cars per site, but we do have overflow parking away from the sites if you need to bring more cars.

Vehicle or hammock camping counts as tent camping.

Options Starting Daily Starting Weekly Starting Monthly
Primitive Regular Tent Sites $15.00 Choose Your Site
Day Use Picnic Shelter

Our picnic shelter can be rented out for the entire day from 9 am - 9 pm.

Day Use Only.  If you would like to stay overnight, you must also book a Tent or RV site.  To book the Picnic Shelter, the check-in date will be the day you would like use of the shelter and the check-out date will be the following day.

Options Starting Daily Starting Weekly Starting Monthly
Picnic Shelter $30.00 Choose Your Site

Inclement Weather

In case of inclement weather, Zion Lutheran Church, located at 212 N Center Avenue, will be used as a shelter.

Quiet Time

Quiet time is from 11pm to 8 am.

No Dumping

There is no dumping gray or black water tanks at sites. However, there is a DUMP STATION at 612 5th Street, one block away!


Firewood must be purchased locally. Please do not bring it in from other areas. Use fire pits for wood burning only. Please do not discard glass, aluminum cans, plastic, or styrofoam in fire pits.

No Fireworks

Fireworks are prohibited.

Contact Information

Park Staff is available from 8am to 9pm. You can call for assistance at the campground number listed on your Reservation Confirmation Page. If you have a problem after hours, the local police non-emergency line is (605) 367-7000. If it is an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Picnic Shelter

The picnic shelter is rented by the day. Hours of use are 9 am - 9 pm.

Extra Vehicles

Sites may only fit 2 vehicles, but there is plenty of overflow parking in the main parking lot.

Pet Policy

Pets are welcome at the park, but must be kept on a leash and cleaned up after. Pets who disturb fellow campers will receive one warning only.

30 Amps

50 Amps

Back-in RV Sites

Drinking Water

Fire Ring / Grill

Gasoline Nearby

Gravel Roads

Picnic Table


RV Hookup

Slide Outs


Pets Allowed

Picnic Area



Historic Sightseeing

Kayaking & Canoeing

Family Friendly

Pet Friendly


Tent Camping

City Park

Public Park

512 5th Street, Garretson, SD, 57030
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Split Rock Park Campground entrance is off 5th Street, south of the park. Tent sites 1-7 are on the southern end of the park while tent sites 25-32 are on the north end of the park. RV sites are 8-19. Only RV sites have electrical capabilities.

Nearby is the park known as Devil's Gulch, where the infamous outlaw Jesse James jumped the gulch and escaped the posse. Palisades State Park, one of the most popular state parks in South Dakota, is 2 miles south. The downtown area of Garretson features restaurants and shopping, two wineries are within 1 mile of town, and the city of Sioux Falls is located a short 30 minute drive southwest.

Overall Rating: 4.1

Tony Nubile

Our family loves Split Rock Park Campground! This is the second time we’ve camped there and have enjoyed our time! The views are amazing. We plan on making this a annual trip.

Michelle Peterson

Nice small campground next to the river. Nice playground for the kids. Almost no mosquitoes because of the bats from the beautiful caves. Walking distance to Main Street which has a grocery store and a few bars. Also a store called the Treasure Chest. Downfalls few hundred feet from railroad tracks. That are used quite a bit.noisy Lawn around campgrounds were not mowed just main area. Site number 8 is right by the gravel road which was very dusty when the cars drove by into the park

Jeffrey Spence

Cute little campground for the cost. We stayed during the week and basically had the place to ourselves. We only stayed a night, but our son definitely wanted to go back and get another chance at the fish congregated at the bottom of the falls.

Angela Cheever

Beautiful spot, with access to the Split Rock Creek for some easy kayaking, and other nearby parks. The only complaint was the train that is directly behind the park, it came through at all hours, including the middle of the night.

Tina DeYoung

Had a great time!! Park was beautiful and canopy very accessible!!

Donna Yost

Great,wish we could have stayed longer

Sheryl Trammell

Best campground in area! We did day trips to Palisades State Park (beautiful hiking!) and Devil’s Gulch (beautiful hiking!) but this place has the best RV spots as you can see the water and dam. They also have pontoon boat rides available. Loved it!! Very clean with picnic table and fire pit/grill at each campsite.

James OBrien

Awesome camp site, better than the site let's on. Nice little town you can walk to, and check out Devils Gulch

Gerald Peterson

It was quiet at night. Would like water at sites in the future. Also, in the future, some playground equipment for the kids.

Alicia Lanoue

great campground! Will be back!

Kathi Lomeli

Such a nice campground. The RV pads have plenty of space between them. The tent sites were shaded and well spaced. It’s clean and well maintained. The scenery is gorgeous and within walking distance of Devil’s Gulch. I would highly recommend.

Audrey Kost

Nice place. Clean

Crystal Lawrence

Love the campground!!! Do not hear train at night! We enjoy the peaceful mornings looking out over river. Will be again.

Mischelle Jurrens

One of our favorite places to camp. We were scheduled to come in on Thursday when a huge storm hit and received texts and calls from Bruce letting us know where to go for safety, and to make sure we were okay. We felt that was above and beyond what other campground managers would have done.

Mark H

It was a great stay. Not crowded and the river had plenty of water. Slept well to the sounds of the falls. There are trains that pass during the day. They don't bother me. They come and go. I will return.

Louise Benjamin

The campground is gorgeous and well maintained. B ru e helped me get to a more handicap accessible campsite, which from looking at an overhead map I had reserved the wrong one. Note, wheelchair bound campers will need to try the bathroom in the main parking lot. The hilly ground makes getting a wheelchair to the portable potty excessively hard. I can't give the campground 5 stars, and it wasn't the campgrounds fault at all. The locals hike the road around the back camp sites. They all stared and at the rate of 5 groups per hour during my stay it was very unsettling, to the point I felt like a critter in a zoo. It's too bad because that is the reason I won't camp there again. The constant stream of people walking the loop around the site I rented. Shudder, never again.

Robert Stykel

Very nice park

Renee Watson

Beautiful little park off the beaten path. A tree fell on our camper during a storm and the townspeople and park staff showed up by 7:30 am to get the tree off our rig. They were wonderful and I hope to get back up there next summer with our new camper. Shout out to the fire department for showing up during the storm to cut the trees away from the door so we could get out. I told the dispatcher that we would be ok til after the storm passed. But I was so Happy to see all those spot lights shining on us in the middle of the night. It was such a relief. We met some wonderful people camping next to us and had a great weekend even after the camper got smooshed. I can't wait to go back. I hope to get some kayaking in on the next trip.

Jeff Weber

The natural beauty that abounds is what draws me to Split Rock City park. Convenient, with the town grocery and general store a stone's throw away, safe and quiet are some of its awesome amenities. This trip, I was actually able to have a conversation with a freight train engineer, as he paused his 4400 (horsepower) iron horse near to the park. We hike Devil's Gultch and had a fantastic weekend. I highly recommend it and while I would have valued firewood being sold on site, it was easy to cruise up to the store for purchase.

Fred Middagh

We were in the pull through sight #15 with a 30ft travel trailer. We became wedged after pulling in between the washed out bridge grade and far side of Bridge in the dark and rain. After some tense monuvering we were able to squeeze out. Very important to turn around in boat launch parking lot and approach the sight from the north. Otherwise beautiful park with waterfall sounds. Easier to park in than palisades and l less crowded.