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: 07/29/2021

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

Extra Vehicles

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

Picnic Shelter

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

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!

Quiet Time

Quiet time is from 11pm to 8 am.

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.

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

Cathleen Harvey

Very quaint. Clean, easy access to our site. Electric hook-up and water available. Dump site was clean and very handy to access and use. The surroundings made for a nice relaxing walk. We truly enjoyed our stay.

Jami Green

We enjoyed our stay, it's beautiful and peaceful, with the exception of the trains going through. Out houses weren't fun, but doable. Definitely needed emptying and cleaning. Out tent site was large and spacious. Will definitely return!

Ellie Hinrichs

Nice, spacious campground. Beautiful location on the river and close to towns if you need anything. I would recommend checking out Tuckers Walk winery a short drive away! Only downsides were the trains that ran through blaring their horns at 4am every morning and the Porta potty’s were extremely full and needed to be cleaned. Overall would stay again!

Kassie Schultz

I've camped here twice this summer because I love this area. My daughter and dog love camping here too. They get a little nervous when the trains go by but that just means I get extra snuggles. That being said, it is right by some very active railroad tracks so keep that in mind if that would bother you. The people who manage the site are very friendly and you can easily get in the water with kayaks on either side of the damn. I also love that it's right by Devil's Gulch.

paul dulaney

outstanding views,nice and quiet however the site was'nt very level- i would definitely stay again

Dawn Pesicka

This park is so unique and very beautiful! Not your run of the mill campgrounds and very nicely located close to town. Quartzite surrounds you and is gorgeous in the sunlight. Great for kayaking! Well maintained.

Laura White

If you’re looking for a quiet getaway with water access for swimming and fishing, Split Creek is the spot. Loved having the campground mostly to ourselves for the week. We got creative with showers by visiting nearby Palisades but otherwise, no complaints! Devil’s Gulch is right next door and overall, the perfect spot to relax and unwind. If you’re looking to unplug and reconnect with nature, this is the spot.

Ben Johnson

We used the picnic shelter for our 45th class reunion. Everything was clean and the park very well kept. There was a minimum of pesky insects and the atmosphere was perfect for an informal get together and a relaxed venue without distractions. Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a great time.

Genevieve Babetski

My boyfriend and I stayed here at Site 7 for one night while traveling across South Dakota. The site was pleasant, and right up the hill from the creek. Not much cover, but just enough that our tent was shaded. It was a really nice place to rest in between drives! Only complaint is that a train came through 3-4 times while we were sleeping, so not recommended if you have young kids that you don’t want waking up. Would stay here again.

Duane Clark

This is a great find! Had a very nice stay in June 2021. Wish we could find small local parks like this more often. Beautiful river, dam / waterfall and several very nice, well spaced, wooded campsites.

Jackie Hales

If they could level out the campsites a little bit, it would be great. Such a beautiful place to camp. Very peaceful during the week when we stayed. Will return.

yvonne mccool

Nice clean and quiet park. Quick and easy hiking to the gulch area.

Karen Tooley

Well, this is a super small campground...the setting is beautiful with the dam / waterfall right there. Our 32' RV's were a bit tight to get in but we managed - I think better for tents and smaller campers. Person who managed the campground was super honest b/c we accidentally overpaid and he brought us our money back - really appreciated that. I'm sure great for canoeing / kayaking, but there are not extras such as mini golf, pool, or things like that. The negative...there is a big loud train that goes right along side the campground. I think we had one go through at about 11pm and again at 5:30am - definitely wasn't excited about that!

Paul Sanford

Nice shady spot, but a little dusty but that comes with camping. We kept throwing the 30 amp breaker but park mgr said he could move is but we stayed. Limited access to creek except by the dam. Enjoyed our stay!! One last thing. Tent campers plugged in to our electrical pole with extension cords. Several tent people did this .

Vicky Bowman

This is a beautiful park with an amazing waterfall, but not really big rig friendly. We had two spots, 16 and originally 17, when we arrived and finally got level, we realized that #17 was not 50 amp as stated, so we moved to site 15, which wasn’t advertised as 50 amp, but was. Also, we did not realize that the park had no water hook-ups. Fortunately, we had extra hoses on board and were able to hookup to the only spigot in the campground and fill up our tanks up. Bruce, the park manager, was a great help and answered my calls, even on the holiday weekend! They are working on the park, and it is a beautiful area! If they can get the lots leveled more and water hookups at each site, it would be a nice park for big rigs!

Jennifer Holt

Overall it was a very pretty spot and it was nice to have a portable toilet near our rustic campsite. Just a couple disappointments. We were there on a Saturday night and the train came 4 times throughout the night, it was very close to the campgrounds and was very loud. They also did not enforce quiet time and kids were playing flashlight tag in our campsite after 11pm. There was also a dog off leash.

Jennie Brown

Overall it was a great experience. I do want to mention that while we were there we had an altercation with a group of local teen boys that was VERY unpleasant. The boys rode their bikes into the park and began harassing a few of our kids at the beach. They were threatening to throw rocks and mud at our kids who were playing in the water. The boys also repeatedly asked the 12 year old girls from our group to flash them and remove their swimsuit tops.. One of the moms from our group asked them to stop which prompted the boys to begin harassing her. They called her horrible names and told her to f*** off. After this, the mom called her husband to come down and back her up as they would not stop saying vulgar things infront of young kids. Once the husbands arrived at the beach the boys left. The same boys showed up Sunday morning for the summer kick off hosted by King Rentals. Our children decided not to participate in the float as they were so uncomfortable from the harassment they endured the previous day and did not want to potentially deal with it again. I firmly feel that someone in charge should monitor the beach more regularly when the park is that full of paying campers. We love camping there and are there every other weekend with our friends also camping. While I understand that the park is open to the public, I feel that someone should be there to keep an eye out for issues like this. We paid to be there. We should not have to deal with local teenagers harassing and threatening us and our children when we paid to be there. Please take this into consideration.

Tara Churchill

Always enjoy this campground! Beautiful area, great place to kayak, fun playground for kids, pontoon tour is great. They cut down a bunch of trees and looks nice the area they're cleaning up!

Carolyn Carlson

Love this campground. Our favorite place to get away. Lots to do in the area. Friendly people and great scenery. Hiking, fishing, swimming, nearby public pool if river swimming isn't your thing, groceries near by. Best place to enjoy the outdoors and nature. Highly recommend

Cody Huisken

One of our favorite places to camp in Eastern SD! Love the tent only section. A dedicated primitive loop makes camping so much more enjoyable for us tenters. We had a blast!