Badlands / White River KOA General Information

General Campground Information

Store Hours

Opens 7 AM all season long. 
Closes 9 PM seven days a week thru mid August.
Closing 8 PM thru Labor Day.
Open until 7 PM after September 3


We want you, our guests, to have a GREAT camping experience! Relax, have fun, stay safe, and enjoy camping at its best. Check in time is after 1:00 PM, Mountain Time, without additional charge. Check out time is 11:00 AM, Mountain Time, without additional charge. Be sure to note we are in Mountain Time Zone. Rigs on sites later than one hour past check-out time will be charged another day's site fee.
RV sites accommodate one RV and one vehicle. $5 charge for extra vehicles. Additional parking is very limited. Be sure to let us know if you have a car with you, or you are towing something so we can have a site long enough to accommodate you.

$5.50 charge per pet in cabins. Some cabins are pet-free, please be sure you reserve a pet friendly cabin if you will be bringing pets.


RENT A ROXOR! Beautiful, brand new two seat 4x4 turbodiesels available for rental. Rates are $200 per half day or $300 for full day. Reservations are strongly encouraged, we only have two and they rent quick. Enjoy a an unforgettable experience getting to know our area. Note in your reservation request if you are interested in renting and we will contact you to confirm rates and days.  A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve. Our Roxors are street legal on all roads and highways in South Dakota except for interstate highways. 

Pool hours: 10 AM to dusk. No lifeguard on duty: swim at your own risk. Anyone under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult in the pool area. Open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Mini golf and fun bikes can be rented at the store. Please note the store hours, and rent at least a half hour before store closing.

Balls and sports equipment are available to borrow at the store. No charge for these. Please return them when you are finished playing.

Playground is open from 7 AM until dusk. Please no pets and no smoking in the playground. Thanks.

Hiking and biking trail around campground levee. More opportunities are available on Riverview Road, across Highway 44 from the campground, and in Badlands National Park. See park rangers for status of their trails.

Check-in and Check-out Times

You can check in as early as 1 PM without additional charges or delay. Call us if you are interested in checking in early. 605.433.5337. The site you have reserved may not be available, there is no guarantee even if we allow early check-in.
Check out is by 11 AM. Sometimes special arrangements can be made to stay later. This may not be available,so check with the registration desk first thing in the morning if you desire to stay late.

Campfires and Firewood Policy

We have firewood for sale at the camp store for $7.00 per bundle unless there is a weather related burn ban. It is against South Dakota law to bring firewood from off site to avoid the transportation of pests and tree disease.  It is also against campground policy to collect firewood within the campground NEVER leave a campfire unattended. We offer fire starters in the camp store because the use of gas or other liquid accelerants is prohibited at our KOA. Before leaving your campsite or retiring for the evening, put it out with water using the buckets at the water faucets in the tent area. If a fire is unattended, the staff will extinguish it immediately. The fire pit is not for trash: don't burn trash or us the fire pit as a dump. Leaving trash in the fire pit will result in additional cleaning fee. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our campground and campers safe.

Swimming Pool

Pool is unattended.
Pool is open from about 10 AM until thirty minutes before the store closes each evening: 9 PM through mid August, and earlier as the days get shorter.
Guests under the age of 14 MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Pool opening may be delayed if chemical treatment takes longer than usual, such as after days of extremely heavy use or if we have a problem with pool equipment.
Pool will be closed immediately if thunderstorms are in the area.  Be patient with us, safety is paramount.
No diving from the sides into the pool.
We have a fiberglass pool. The surfaces can be very slick. ALWAYS USE HANDRAILS WHEN ENTERING OR EXITING VIA THE STAIRS


One of the greatest attributes of Badlands/White River KOA is that it is quiet and remote. This means that we still have very limited capability to obtain internet, and only one provider serves the area. Fiber optic service is supposed to arrive in 2020. Not being able to bring in additional bandwidth to the property means we have very limited internet and WiFi is only available in a few areas, near our transmitters.
1. Near the main office and A-Frame
2. In the pavilion area
3. In the area behind the owner's residence

There is just enough bandwidth to check email or look up a restaurant. Please do not try to upload/download photos, stream audio/video, download video, watch movies online or do any online gaming.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation and enjoy your stay.

Night Registration

The office closes in the evening. If you arrive after the office closes, find the self-check-in counter to the left of the front door. If you have a reservation, there will be a map/packet for you, showing how to find your site. Please stop into the office in the morning to make sure we have all the information we need for your checkout. 

If you DO NOT have a reservation and you arrive after the office is closed, find the self check-in counter to the left of the door. There will be maps showing which sites are available, by type (Full Hookup RV, Tent, Tent Electric, Water/Power only RV) and fill out the "night registration" envelope . Include your payment and deposit it into the mail slot, and take the laminated map showing how to find the open site with you. Return the laminated map to the store in the morning. The clerk will have your receipt ready for you, along with any change due for overpayment in cash.

Visitor Policy

Fees and license plate information apply to all persons staying, visiting or "just having a look" at the campground.  This is for everyone's safety and security.
We do everything we possibly can to control access to our park to help protect your belongings and our facility.

Quiet Hours

You're an early riser, your neighbor is a night owl.  Or the other way around.  Lets all agree to keep it quiet between the hours of 10 PM and 7 AM. Please be especially careful if arriving or leaving early.
This does not mean you have to go to bed at 10:00PM, but we want you to keep the noise on your own site while your neighbors settle down for the evening.
You are welcome to enjoy your campfire after 10:00PM, but noise cannot carry outside your campsite.
Loud music any time of day is not appropriate in this campground and is not allowed.
Please, respect your neighbors and the quiet sanctity of a beautiful evening experience at Badlands/White River KOA

Trash Disposal

We work very hard to keep the campground impeccably clean. Please do your part to keep your site clean and orderly. 
Badlands/White River KOA runs our own recycling program, hauling recycled materials 75 miles to an approved site in Rapid City weekly, at our own cost.
Secured trash bags left at rear of your site by 9:00AM will be picked up by Guest Services employees of Badlands/White River KOA.
You can help us recycle by putting glass, plastic and metals in a separate bag from your trash. We will pick it up and place it in our recycle collection area.
DO NOT LEAVE TRASH BAGS OUT OVERNIGHT, the critters might get it.
Guests are encouraged to deposit bagged trash in the dumpsters near the Exit, across from the pavilion.


There are three restroom facilities at Badlands/White River KOA, in the main A-Frame building, in the Satellite Bath/Laundry building and in the new ADA Family Style bathroom/Laundry in the tent area. 
Our Housekeeping and Guest Services staff work hard to keep our restrooms clean. Busy times are morning and evening. Please help us out by letting a staff member know if the bathrooms needs attention. Heavy use can sometimes lead to surprises quickly and we want your experience to be a positive one.
Dish washing is strictly prohibited in the restrooms for sanitary reasons, outdoor dishwashing sinks are available at each bathhouse area.


Laundry facilities are located in three areas of the campground: at the main A-Frame building where the office is located, at the Satellite Bath building and at the new ADA Bathhouse located in the tent area.
Washers cost $2.75 per load, dryers are $1.00 for 20 minutes, and use quarters. Quarters are available at the main office when we are open. Laundry soap, bleach and dryer sheets are also sold in the main store.
Laundry facilities are open 24 hours a day.  We want your KOA experience to be a GREAT one, please let us know if these public areas need our attention or if you have a problem with the machines.

Cellular Service

The campground is located well below the horizon from the nearest cell phone tower. Cell phone service is hit and miss on the campground property. You may find small pockets of Verizon service, but it can be intermittent and unreliable, especially when the campground is full of people. AT&T has more pockets of service, but is still spotty. There is an AT&T booster on the main office building adjacent to the swimming pool.  Texting and some voice calls are possible, but data transmission is virtually non-existent. Two miles in either direction (uphill) from the campground will provide an ample signal for both voice and data.

Meet Your Hosts

Bob and Karen Brown

"Life is for living. Get out and enjoy it"

Bob and Karen purchased Badlands-White River KOA in October of 2014 and added two new deluxe cabins and two patio sites, a great big pavilion, and some tipis. Karen spent 20 years as a college Math and Earth Science instructor, Bob worked all over the world in the drilling industry. Both are avid adventurers and active motorcyclists.  They love the world of travel and RVs and currently live full time in an RV. Their goal is to make your stay at Badlands-White River KOA a great one... full of relaxation and great memories.

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