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.

NOW OPEN: The Split Rock Park Visitor's Center is open daily 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. until Labor Day. Enjoy souvenirs, ice cream, coffee, and more!


  • 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)


  • 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). Sites 24, 25, and 28 can fit up to 5 tents. 

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

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

Overall Rating: 4.3

Kylie Murray

We love the campground but was disappointed in the site we had this time. #14 is very difficult to level onto, needs to have some maintenance done to the entire site. It took us almost an hour to get level. Weeds all over....ruts and dirt mounds everywhere. Not ideal for the size of camper we have and could use some roundup.

Gary Lamp

Had a great 3 day visit. Well maintained roads and grounds. Beautiful river and falls. Lots of history to see and experience. Explored the area. A must see-falls park in Sioux Falls.

Daniel Rayas

Great little campground right on Split Rock Creek. Boat launch on-site for kayaks and close to many great hiking trails. Train can be a little loud a few times per day, and these are electric only sites.

Shawn Evers

I've been camping here for 25 years. Truly a home away from home.

Abby Magee

The campground itself was nice. Our site was very hilly so finding a good spot for our tents was tougher than expected, but we made it work. The river is great for swimming. Hiking at Devil's Gulch is spectacular. Our only major complaint would be our neighbors. They were very loud and rude. Not the campgrounds fault, but it did make our stay less than enjoyable at times.

Susan Poust

A truly hidden gem in South Dakota. The campsites are clean, well maintained, and spacious. The view is spectacular. Great walking distance to a swimming area and kayaking. Many different hiking paths up to Devils gulch. I absolutely love this campground and will make it normal spot for us now.

Tara Churchill

My family really enjoys this campground! Great for kayaking, swimming, fishing and sightseeing. Nice playground for kids. Only downside is there are train tracks right by the campsites and there are constantly trains going by.

Greg Thill

Had site #14 on two different nights. Site needs expansion of the gravel landing area that camper sits on in order to be safe for people using that site. The park overall is nice. Enjoyed the sights and sounds of the waterfall, the kids were fishing all the time, and walking around the park was pleasant.

Jessica Clason

Very nice, small campground! It was clean and other than the trains very quiet. It would be nice if they had a shower house and had mowed the grass but overall a great stay! I won’t hesitate to come back.

Michael Jennings

Very nice park with great sites. There's always something to do.

Jesse Hartman

We had a great time. Our site was muddy but they warned us ahead of time and offered a refund if we didn't want to stay. 2 points that weren't phenomenal, no showers and the train, especially in the middle of the night. But that won't stop us from staying again.

Kathy Viestenz

It was a nice quiet campground and very reasonably priced. Only complaint is they need to clean the porta-potties every day.

Tony Nubile

We really enjoyed our stay at the campground!

Megan Pridemore

Beautiful site & grounds but had major issues w/ electric. Both nights we stayed the breaker was tripped in the middle of the night & AC quit running. We were all asleep so nothing else was running at the time except for a small fan. We did not have this issue at any of the other 4 campgrounds we stayed at so we know for a fact it was just a problem at Split Rock.

Campground Response

If you ever have a problem like that again, please get hold of me! We would have had an electrician look at it. What site were you in so we can fix the problem? Thank you, Bruce

Noelle Schnee

Perfectly clean and full of nature. Loved staying here!

Kevin Logan

Beautiful spots by the river. The train is very loud and goes by every couple hours.

Michael Phelps

Nice quiet three night stay. Plenty to do close by.

Steve Wolbrink

Nice little campground. Best if you like watching/hearing trains! No dump station, but one available just a few blocks away. The pads would be to short for huge rvs, but perfect for my class C!

Michael Postma

There is plenty of stuff to do at this camping destination such as hiking,fishing,swimming, park for the kids, etc. The camping spots are too close together. I have two dogs and one of them doesn’t do well with strangers so my dog had to spend a majority of his time in the camper since the neighbors were too close. We did not have the space for his tie out. Would recommend camping here only if you can’t find a spot somewhere else if you have dogs. Would not recommend this campground if you have a large camper as many neighbors with large campers had issues getting campers in the spots.

Stephanie Monroe

Overall clean and maintained. Grass kept well, amenities as stated. Only 3 stars because gravel pad on site 14e very steep drop off which causes trip/fall hazard when entering/exit camper. Should be leveled. Nice campground though, we will return.

Joshua Delaney

5 stars does'nt give this place the recognition it deserves. I fell asleep each night to the blissful sound of a waterfall. The serenity of this place is amazing. Easily the best campground that we've ever been to.

Janet Bartels

We love this campground!!!!!! So beautiful, relaxing, and fun. Kayaking and fires!!!!!! We camp here alot best place we found so far!!!!!!

Joelle Beranek

The land formations and hiking in this area are lovely. We had a weird experience because there was nearly NOBODY camping there when we stayed. Our spot was nice and shaded... but due to the rain and lack of grass it was very muddy. They were also doing some work to the entrance and waterfall areas... so we heard construction equipment very early in the morning.

Josephine Sweeney

Awesome place right on the water! There are bathrooms and the spots are well distanced from each other.

Megan Jones

Beautiful place but there are only Port a potties for bathrooms.

Carol Reif

Best little campground around. Plenty of hiking, kayaking, and best host for pontoon ride to learn about jessie james.

Chris Thompson

Beautiful and really relaxing! I camp all summer every summer for 10 years and this is by far the best place ! Best perk is your camp spot is right on the the water so you don’t have to leave your camp to fish & the owners are friendly etc I can’t say enough about how awesome this place is ! 5 star fursure

Diana Ingram

Really nice park with affordable camping. It was super cold this weekend, but we still had fun exploring the park and taking in the scenery.

Dustin Kowalski

Very clean and nice, the kids had a lot of fun.Lots of good trails to hike with beautiful sights. The water was off and the camp host even let us fill up at his house. Thank You

Jose Vargas

Nice little clean campground with beautiful scenery. The camp host does a great job and is very helpful.

Michelle Peterson

They just freshened up the parking pads Nice little trails for walking Playground for the kids No mosquitoes Close to train tracks so if you don’t like them this campground wouldn’t be for you There is a pontoon to rent for a ride down the river 30 minutes or so Electrical hookups and tent area Good fishing Pick nik table at every site

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 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.