Sheps Canyon Primitive Campsites

Sheps Canyon Recreation Area

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Sheps Canyon Road
Hot Springs, SD 57747
605-745-6996
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GPS: 43.298, -103.4463

Number of Sites: 4
Pad Type: grass
Elevation: 3204 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

1 person has reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise

Cell Phone Coverage

4bars
Verizon 4G
4bars
AT&T 4G
Thumb stillwater 10 2016
dmkimm

35 Keystone Raptor 300 MP
2005 Freightliner Century Classic S/T
4 reviews
Days stayed: 5

dmkimm would stay here again

“Great free boondocking in Western South Dakota!”

Reviewed Jan 10, 2018

Overall Rating

This is one of those hidden gems. Beautiful spot right on the water well maintained (mowed) area with spectacular sunsets (Can't believe it's free!). Each site has a fire pit with grate, with firewood when we were there in Aug of 2017. Easy access 10 mins away from Hot Springs. Right across the reservoir from a cell tower so phone & data service are great.

There are four primitive campsites on the WEST side of the lake which are free.

The EAST side of the lake has paid camping ($18 plus state park entrance fee) with about two hundred paved sites with electricity, shower houses, dump station, playground, canoe rentals, etc. The paid campground is full almost every weekend during the summer.

The free camping on the west side is a grassy area next to the lake with fire rings. The free campsites do not take reservations. The nearest store is Hot Springs. There is a pit toilet. Boat ramp nearby. Fishing for walleye. Take Highway 71 south of Hot Springs for about 5 miles. Turn left on Sheps Canyon Road (gravel) for about 4 miles. Turn RIGHT just past the trailer court. Continue about three miles. Usually empty during the week. Fills up on weekends with fisherman who also can be quite noisy late into the night. State park entrance fee not required for this campground only.

There is a cell tower within sight across the water so AT&T & Verizon have great cell and data speed.

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
4bars
AT&T 4G
4bars
Verizon 4G

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Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
Pets:
  • pets

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