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: 05/08/2021

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 10pm. 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 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.

Overall Rating: 4.0

Melissa Cook

Beautiful park. Vault toilet. We needed to change our reservation 3 times by email. Easy and courteous. We were the only ones there in early May'; when full, this might not be possible

Beautiful park and campground. Well maintained. Loved listening to the waterfall, but not so much the trains which you do get use to. Highly recommend going for a picnic or camping

Sharon Taylor

Spent 4 nights over a weekend. Was busy at the water with kayaks was a 91* day. If you have a big rig it’s a tight squeeze to get in and NOT all spots are level but manageable cannot leave hooked up. The trains were fun to watch but all night long they ran and blew their horns. Inexpensive so we didn’t complain

Tessa Nelsen

The campground was very clean and quiet. We loved having access to fishing right out our back door and enjoyed hiking on the trails! We will definitely be back to visit.

James Eiesland-Birch

Camping right by a train that comes every 3 hours is not what I had in mind. I suggest camping a bit down the road at palisades state park

Scott hofbauer

It was an ok campsite the only things I didn’t like about them is they are tight getting into you can see where someone hit a branch with there rv and that was site 19 and luckily I didn’t hit it and would be nice if they were more level the train does suck but you get use to it but in all the trails and things to do are really nice the only other thing is the little black bugs that bite where a big issue would want to figure out a spray to get rid of them.

todd trauman

the spot given to us has a tree limb in the way for a large rv it damaged the roof of our 2020 montana so we didnt get to stay! maybe you should trim that tree if you want to rent it to some one with a large camper.

Kristy Wareham

It's a nice campground . relaxing. Great price. Dwn fall is the dang train. It went thrue at night ok fine but it blew its whistle rt by the camp ground every time even after 9pm . train went thrue 9 11 at lease . an they had these tiny biting black bugs an nothing seemed to get rid of them.

Mandi Coombs

I would not recommend this campground. My boyfriend and I were supposed to stay two nights but we fled after one sleepless night. We tent camped at site 1 and was probably one of the worst camping experiences for me. It is right next to train tracks!! It was so loud! Site 1 is also right at the entrance so there is hella traffic and it is right in the middle of town. The creek is kinda cool but I would never recommend anyone tent camp here.

Kenneth Noren

Very nice little campground. Family and pet friendly. Only issue is the few trains at night but that is not the campgrounds fault. But very nice place to stay.

Joseph Bukovich

Need to trim branches, grade the gravel and roadways. Could be a great campground but more for local people and their party's than for traveling campers. Could easily extend pads to fit today's RV's and expand to fit modern days but no desire apparent to improve. Pretty campground with great potential.

Joan Hoffman

Loved our campsite. The only thing I would improve on is the picnic table there (site 5). Two of the boards were rotting.

Jeff Weber

A terrific, scenic and clean city park, ideal for a brief get-away from the hustle and bustle of life!

Amanda Skinner

I loved this place so much I went back! In the rain even... great family campground with neat history and fun activities!

Maryann Norton-Wilkinson

Absolutely beautiful! I could sot and watch the water all day long!! Only thing to remember is they do not have a shower and they only have permanent porta potties.

Kathy Reilly

Enjoyed our overnight visit. Thx.

Michael Geister

As mentioned in other reviews, the trains are very close and they do blow their horn continuously as they come through the park several times a day/night. The park is pretty and does have potential and the park generally seemed modern and enjoyable. However I got the overall impression that cleaning been recently let slide. Our site had broken glass, wrappers, two piles of wet rotten dog food, and a large puddle of cooking grease dumped right by the pedestal. There were small piles of garbage down by the river’s edge and liquor bottles found randomly around the park. The vault toilet seats were pretty “dirty” and fixtures were rusty and in need of paint. The floor was muddy. In general it seemed like it was poorly maintained and simply needed a custodian to walk through once a day. I hate to say it but I would not go back and I would not recommend it.

isaiah folk

Great campground

Fiona Hill

Nice beautiful campsite. Be aware that freight train tracks are extremely close to the campsite. Was woken up at 3am by a huge freight train. If you can get back to sleep easily, its no problem, but beware light sleepers! Otherwise had a great time.

Karla Kocher

There are train tracks that are right next to the park and they do go by during the night and they blow their horns when coming into town. But it is a really nice park. The tent site i always get is always clean, the fire pit is shovelled out. The whole park is kept really nice the times i have been there. I will be back again next week. Even with the trains close by, i do recommend this park for anyone to come and camp at.