Outdoor Basecamp

Union Grove State Park in Beresford, South Dakota is a perfect destination for a fall color tour, a birdwatching trip, a weekend on horseback, or general camping activities. Sitting on the banks of Brule Creek, it features several kinds of trees that are known for their beautiful color changes. With several types of camping sites, it’s great for staying a few days to enjoy nature’s show at any time of year.

Those with RVs or trailers will find it easy to get power; there are hookups ranging from 20-50 amps. Back-in and pull-through sites accommodate many types of trailers, and there are specially-made RV spots as well. If you’re tenting it, rest easy – there are campsites for tents, too.


Lake Francis Case on the Missouri River fans out into a bay providing the South Dakota State Park called Platte Creek Recreation Area. The recreation area is located about 14 miles northeast of the town of Platte.

Platte Creek is an outdoor sportsman’s dream with some of the best fishing in the state. Fishing, camping and boating are the big draws to this park. The quiet setting seems to lend itself to successful fishing dating back to its first documents and original name, Fish Creek.


Pease Creek Recreation Area is located on Lake Francis Case. This large reservoir was created by the construction of the Fort Randall Dam on the Missouri River, and the park has become a popular destination for folks looking to get away from it all for a day or longer. Wooded hills give visitors plenty of things to do including fishing, hiking and biking, or even horseback riding. Almost six hundred acres of wooded terrain offer tree-shaded campsites, some of which come with electrical hookups, and there are cabins available as well.

The Pease Creek Multi-use Trail is about three miles long, and it offers grass and dirt surfaces for biking, hiking, or horseback riding. In the winter, visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing through gently rolling hills. There are several steep grades, however, to test the skills of those who look for something a little more challenging. While there are no facilities along the trail, there is water and a comfort station located near the trailhead, and interpretive signs are posted at the trailheads and the primary intersections of the trail.

Lone Pine State Park

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Situated in northwestern Montana is one of the most breathtaking state parks in the United States. Lone Pine State Park is a 270 acre state park located near Kalispell, Montana. Lone Pine State Park is surrounded on all sides by some of the largest national forests in the U.S. The park is flanked on its east and west sides by Flathead National Forest (east) and Kaniksu National Forest (west). Lolo and Clearwater National Forests are found just to the south of Lone Pine State Park.

Lone Pine State Park covers 270 acres of land at an elevation just under 3,000 ft, providing breathtaking views of Flathead Valley and miles of trail systems that any outdoor enthusiast would love. The park’s trail system covers over six miles of land and is designed with everyone in mind. The following activities can be enjoyed on the trails at Lone Pine State Park:


Hartford Beach State Park is located in Corona, South Dakota. The Warren River flows through the park. This river is not a typical river; the water in it is from the runoff of melting glaciers that date back to over 10,000 years ago. There is an exceptionally large area of the river that is called Big Stone Lake. Land surrounding the river and lake in the park is constructed of rocky cliffs and bluffs among tall timbers, shrubs, grass and seasonal wildflowers. Nature photographers will enjoy the hundreds of beautiful photo-ops in this park.

The area where this park lies today was once inhabited by French explorers from Canada in the late 1670s. What attracted these explorers were bears, beavers and other fur-clad animals that they could hunt and use for fur trading. Native Americans also inhabited the area and provided a lucrative and beneficial business relationship with the goods, jewelry and other resources they provided for these fur traders. The park is named after one of the most prominent fur traders during that era in this region. He and his partner dominated the fur trading business for years.

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