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 April 1st to October 31st, weather dependent.



Open Dates: April 1 to October 31

Last Updated: 11/03/2021

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

Picnic Shelter

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

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!

No Fireworks

Fireworks are prohibited.


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.

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.

Inclement Weather

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

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.

Extra Vehicles

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

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: 4.0

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.

Dirk Dailey

Great place. The parking spots for campers are not ideal for backing in. They would work better if they were angled. It did not affect me though.

Erin James

Split Rock is a beautiful, idyllic campground on a river with a natural waterfall. It is small, clean, quiet, and safe for families it has special significance to me because my great-grandparents camped here their first year in Dakota territory, and their youngest son tended the trees and grounds early in the last century.

George Williams

This park has beautiful views! It’d be better for day trips. The train runs right next to it and is loud; if you are a super heavy sleeper it would be fine. In addition some loud bikers came in the middle of the night. Only electric hook up and looked like just two toilets one for males and one for females. Just stayed one night.

Nancy Robinson

Misleading that water is available when it’s at the entrance to the campground. Had a lot of difficulty getting our 36 ft rv level eventhough we were in the most level spot in the campground. Bruce the manager is a gem and exhibited patience and support for our dilemma. The grounds are awesome but I’d only return if I could get site 15.

Ellen Lafans

Beautiful campground.

David Hoffman

Nice camp and my wife is hearing and only problem is train pass it

Francine Del Giacco

There were some severe problems with erosion and it did not appear there was any infrastructure to contain or prevent it. Sadly, there are two signs for the tenting areas on which tent sites are spelled tent “sights”. The dark green background color also inhibits anyone seeing these signs. This is a sweet little park that needs some TLC. We were in site 15 with the lovely sound of the waterfall (and several times in each 24 hour period, the sound of train horns/whistles and trains passing). There is no water or sewer at individual sites, but a water source was available in the tent area and a designated dump station was located blocks away.

Christine Cornwell

Park was beautiful. Pit toilets disgusting, Not pumped out nor clean in any way. So young men stayed up ALL night drinking and laughing loudly and with no camp host around or staff the whole campground suffered. They finally went to bed at 5:30 am. For travelers from outside the area…Starr clear, we sure wish we did.

Jan McLellan

Very nice park, level, gravel pads. Located on a beautiful river, play area, picnic areas. The dump Station is located outside park to the left as you leave, over the railroad tracks. Beautifully done, along left side of street, right before entering Devil's glitch park. There are active trains throughout the evening and a couple during the night. Nothing that disturbed too much.

michael zuccolillo

To be fair, the campground and surrounding area is really beautiful. The problem is their is a railroad track within 50 ft of the campground. Fright trains come through regularly, all hours and its IMPOSSABLE to get any sleep

Julie Arnold

Great park. Very well kept. The camping group all enjoyed. Just those dang trains at night. LOL. :)

Cheryl Leifermann

Campsite #5 was great tent site! We were near the RV’s but very secluded. Yes, there were trains but nothing like the other post talk about them. The trains would blow their whistle but didn’t effect us. Maybe if you are a VERY light sleeper. You are able to walk to the dam or over to Devils Gulch. Nice winery in the area. Would stop again on our way through South Dakota.

mark holiday

I always enjoy my stay. There are occasional trains. But the beauty of the well maintained grounds and the river more than make up for that. It's peaceful there and well worth the price.

Brenna Rens

Husband and I tent camped here. Primitive sites are primitive - no electricity nearby. Good size fire pits with grates over top for cooking. Hefty picnic tables. Beautiful view of the creek. Port a potty near our site and a vault ceiling larger bathroom near visitor’s center. Overall a nice place!

Raymond Starr

Very clean, great price, will be back