Local Area Attractions Near Kennebec KOA Journey
The Local attractions include:
Pierre, State Capital
Explore all there is to see and do in Pierre. Visitors to this site will find all they need to make their visit to Pierre a wonderful one.
The State Capitol building was built in 1910 and recently restored to its natural beauty. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. Art murals and sculptures make it a must to see!
Akta Lakota (Sioux) Indian Museum
Located in the heart of Sioux country on the banks of the Missouri River is one of the most culturally rich places to visit in the Midwest. The Akta Lakota Museum at St. Joseph's Indian School is an educational outreach of the school that strives to preserve and promote Sioux culture.
National Guard Museum - Pierre
See Custer's dress sword, a Civil War vintage field gun, World War I machine guns and a World War II Sherman Tank, an A7D aircraft and much more.
South Dakota Discovery Center and Aquarium - Pierre
This attractions is intriguing and just-plain-fun for all ages. Based on the "please touch" learning concept, the ground floor is decked with colorful displays and aquariums. The gallery area is full of hands-on exhibits and non-traditional science displays. Visitors can experience the universe through astronomy in the Sky Lab planetarium, or test their reflex skills in the reactionary car. For details, please visit http://www.sd-discovery.com/
Passive Solar Heated Pools
Our HUGE 25 x 50 foot main pool and our 18" deep children's wading pool are both heated with a passive solar heating system.
Large Covered Picnic Shelter
Under most circumstances this feature is available for general use. On occasion we do rent it out for private parties. If you would like to reserve the picnic shelter for a private party, please talk with us.
Squeaky Clean Rest Rooms
We meticulously clean our restrooms daily.
Spacious, Grassy RV Sites up to 120 feet long
We have a variety of RV sites so one of them is likely to be just perfect for you needs.
Grassy and Shady Tent Sites
Shade is a precious commodity our here on the Great Plains. Our campground is graced with some of the nicest shade trees you will find anywhere.
South Dakota's Original 1880 TOWN has more than 30 buildings from the 1880 to 1920 era, authentically furnished with thousands of relics, historical accounts and photographs, a Casey Tibbs exhibit, Dances with Wolves movie props, and fun activities for kids.
Capital Building Tours - Pierre, SD
Capitol Building tours are provided daily, including weekends, based upon the availability of volunteer tour guides and must be scheduled at least 48 hours (Business days) in advance. Please call 605-773-3688 to schedule your tour of the Capitol.
Dignity of Earth and Sky Statue
The Dignity sculpture is a stunning combination of art and history. Located on a bluff between exits 263 and 265 on Interstate 90 near Chamberlain, the stainless steel, 50-foot-tall statue was specifically designed by sculptor Dale Lamphere to honor the cultures of the Lakota and Dakota people.
Wind Cave National Park
Wind Cave National Park protects two very different worlds - one deep within the earth, the other a sunlit world of many resources. Bison, elk, and other wildlife roam the rolling prairie grasslands and forested hillsides of one of America's oldest national parks. Below the remnant island of intact prairie sits Wind Cave, one of the longest and most complex caves in the world. Wind Cave National Park is 218 miles from our campground.
Oahe Dam Powerhouse Tours
Surrounded by the rolling prairies of the Dakotas, Lake Oahe is the fourth largest man-made lake in the United States, stretching 230 miles from Pierre, South Dakota to Bismarck, North Dakota. The dam consists of an earthen embankment, an outlet structure with six tunnels for releasing stored water, a powerhouse, and eight spillway gates on a concrete-lined spillway. During normal operations, USACE releases water through the powerhouse to generate power and balance reservoir levels for other uses. As operations shift to reducing flood risks during periods of high runoff, water also is released through the outlet structure and if needed, USACE dam operators can release more water through the spillway gates
Jewel Cave National Monument
Immerse yourself in one of the longest caves in the world. With over 215 miles of mapped and surveyed passages, this underground wilderness appeals to human curiosity. Its splendor is revealed through fragile formations and glimpses of brilliant color. Its maze of passages lures explorers, and its scientific wealth remains a mystery. The campground is 231 miles from Jewel Cave National Monument.
Fishing on Lake Byre, Fate Lake, and Brakke Lake
Excellent bass, perch, and walleye fishing is available at our three local lakes.
Fort Pierre Depot Museum
The collection includes vintage agent hats and sleeves, telegraph equipment, and a multitude of rules and regulations for running telegraph equipment. We have the original Western Union Signs and a little toy train labeled Chicago & Northwestern, which is unique because it is the railroad that ran through Ft. Pierre at that time. The freight room holds items shipped by rail, like cream cans, plows, wood stoves and a coal bucket containing some of the original coal that was found behind the Depot walls.
Palisades State Park
Palisades State Park is one of the most unique areas in South Dakota. Split Rock Creek, which flows through the park, is lined with Sioux quartzite formations varying from shelves several feet above the water to 50-foot vertical cliffs. Scenic overlooks and rushing water make Palisades a popular getaway. The park is popular among campers, photographers, sightseers, picnickers, rock climbers and hikers. Palisades State Park is also the smallest state park in South Dakota, but its small size packs a lot of natural beauty. Our campground is 181 miles from Palisades State Park.
South Dakota National Guard Museum
Our goal is to create a greater understanding of the significant role played by the South Dakota National Guard through history by caring for and preserving our collection. The museum also educates National Guard members and the general public about the heritage of the South Dakota National Guard, both in peace and at war.
South Dakota Hall of Fame
Our Visitor & Education Center in Chamberlain, South Dakota is an inspiration of interactive and hands-on exhibits highlighting the Champions and our state's excellence. Open year round.
Minuteman Missle National Historic Site
During the Cold War, a vast arsenal of nuclear missiles were placed in the Great Plains. Hidden in plain sight, for thirty years 1,000 missiles were kept on constant alert; hundreds remain today. The Minuteman Missile remains an iconic weapon in the American nuclear arsenal. It holds the power to destroy civilization, but is meant as a nuclear deterrent to maintain peace and prevent war.
In a wooded area just east of Split Rock Park, the legend of the Outlaw Jesse James takes form. In the depths of the red quartzite canyons, a branch of the Split Rock Creek winds through an 18-foot gorge where, in 1876, Jesse James' horse jumped and helped him escape the posse. Several hiking trails are available, including the Wiese Hiking Trail, Devils Falls Crossbridge, and the ever-famous jump-bridge, where James allegedly jumped the gorge. Brochures showcasing specific overlooks, native plants, and the waterfalls and canyons of Devils Gulch are available in the Visitor's Center. Devil's Gulch is 182 miles from the campground.
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
Promoting an understanding of the first people to inhabit in this region by developing, preserving and exhibiting a significant collection and archaeological site
3200 Indian Village Road
Mitchell, SD 57301
Custer State Park
Encompassing 71,000 acres in the Black Hills, Custer State Park is home to abundant wildlife and adventure; camping, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, or relaxing, there's something here for everyone. Our campground is 215 miles from Custer State Park.
Badlands National Park
The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world's richest fossil beds. Ancient horses and rhinos once roamed here. The park's 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today. Badlands National Park is 108 miles from our campground.