Randall Creek Recreation Area
Open: Open from May through October
Number of Sites: 132
Number of Sites with Electric: 132
On the banks of the Missouri River, immediately downstream from Fort Randall Dam, hours can be spent peacefully watching the water flow, observing the animals and birds that frequent the area, and enjoying he breathtaking beauty of the surrounding shoreline. The US Army Corps of Engineers began building the dam in 1946 and started generating electricity in 1954.
Randall Creek is one of the South Dakota state parks that offers the opportunity for visitors to see the majestic bald eagle. In fact, the eagle roost area in the park is a designated National Natural Landmark.
In South Dakota, many bald eagles spend their winters below the Missouri River dams where they are able to catch fish and prey on waterfowl attracted to the open water.
They typically perch within 50 feet of the riverbank in tall cottonwood trees. The birds usually feed in the morning and rest in their roosting trees in the afternoon.
Bald eagles will abandon their roosts if disturbed by humans. For this reason, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks prohibits motorized traffic in state recreation areas with winter bald eagle roosts. Walkers and cross-country skiers are allowed in these areas but must refrain from disturbing roosting bald eagles. Learn more about bald eagles in South Dakota state parks.
Recreation: Camping. Cabins. Basketball. Boating. Canoeing/kayaking; start of the 39-mile Wild and Scenic section of the Missouri River. Nine-hole disc golf course. Fishing. Game/equipment checkout. Nearby site of Fort Randall Military Post and other historical sites. Horseshoes. One accessible picnic shelters. Playground. Volleyball. Bald eagle viewing in winter; eagle roost area is a National Natural Landmark. Nearby golf course.
Camping 132 sites (all electrical). Three wheelchair accessible sites. Showers. Water. Dump station.
Camping Cabins: Four cabins, two accessible. Each sleeps four people.
Fishing/Boating: Fish cleaning station. Boat ramp. Walleye, northern pike, bass, catfish. License required. Canoeing/Kayaking: Located at the head of the 39 mile Missouri River National Recreational River.
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