South Dakota’s Union Grove State Park

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.

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South Dakota – Platte Creek Recreation Area

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.

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South Dakota – Pease Creek Recreation Area

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.

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