Split Rock Park Campground


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512 5th Street, Garretson, SD, 57030


Welcome to Split Rock Park Campground!

On the Northwestern edge of Garretson, 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. This beautiful dam was created in 1934 by WPA workers who laid native stone across the river, and was updated in 2016.

Split Rock Park houses both RV and tent camping 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 bathhouse that now 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.

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

Amenities:

  • All campground sites have 1 fire ring w/cooking grate and 1 picnic table.
  • City Park hours are 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Drinking water (Water hydrant)
  • Electrical campground sites
  • Historical Quartzite Bathhouse Information Center (including souvenirs & treats)
  • Picnic Shelter (ADA Accessible) has electricity, 8 picnic tables, a wooden counter, a charcoal/wood BBQ grill and trash cans.
  • Playground
  • Porta Potties
  • Trash can container located by vault toilets (all garbage must be bagged)
  • Vault Toilets (ADA Accessible)

Activities:

  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
  • Fishing along Split Rock Creek
  • Historical Interest (Quartzite dam, bathhouse, fishing bridge)
  • Historical Markers “Garretson” located at the entrance of Split Rock Park and Campground
  • “Festival of Progress” located inside Split Rock Park and Campground at the entrance of the quartzite bathhouse.
  • Jesse James Pontoon rides on the scenic Split Rock Creek are available by calling Captain Bruce Rekstad at 605-594-2225.
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Museum - Garretson Area Historical Society located at 613 N. Main Ave. For more information call 605-594-3863
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Relax and take in the scenery on one of the many sponsored park benches throughout the park.
  • Sightseeing within the park and campground and our other parks- Devil’s Gulch and information center located at 616 5th St. Garretson, S.D. and Palisades State Park located at 25495 485th Ave. Garretson, S.D. (S.D. state park permit required).
  • Shopping, Eating, Drinking, Wineries at one of many local businesses on Main Ave. and within the City of Garretson area.
  • Swimming is available at the Garretson Swimming Pool located off Essex Street and Center Avenue in the sports complex. For information or inquiries, please call 605-594-3126 June-August.

For an in-depth map of Split Rock Park Campground, please click here.

Open Dates: April 1 to October 31



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
Regular 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

30 Amps

50 Amps

Back-in RV Sites

Community Restrooms

Drinking Water

Fire Ring / Grill

Gasoline Nearby

Gravel Roads

Pet Friendly

Picnic Table

Playground

RV Hookup

Slide Outs

Waterfront

Water Hookups

Pets Allowed

Picnic Area

Toilet



Fishing

Historic Sightseeing

Kayaking & Canoeing



Family Friendly

Pet Friendly

RVing

Tent Camping



City Park

Public Park





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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 21-28 are on the north end of the park. RV sites 8-19 and Tent sites 1-7 are pictured here.

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.


Contact Information

Park Staff is available from 8am to 10pm. You can call for assistance at (605) 323-5031 or cell (605) 594-2225. 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.

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.

Firewood

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.

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 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.