Hartford Beach State Park adds new campground

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PIERRE, S.D. – One of South Dakota’s oldest state parks now has one of the newest campgrounds.

Hartford Beach State Park near Milbank, established in 1945, now features a new 57-site campground, in addition to the original lakeshore campground.

“The new campground will allow more visitors to enjoy the beauty and historical significance of Hartford Beach,” said Park Manager Jeff Nodsle. “The new sites sit on a hilltop overlooking Big Stone Lake.”

Referred to as the East Campground, it is located a one-half mile east and about 80 feet higher in elevation than the original West Campground. The 57 new campsites include two paved ADA sites, and all sites feature 50-amp electrical hookups. A new dump station and a comfort station with two family shower rooms serve the additional visitors to the park. Two new camping cabins will be installed later this summer.

Other areas of the park have also been improved. The disc golf course between the two campgrounds has been redesigned, with a new parking area for course users. In addition, changes to the original West Campground open spaces between the sites and provide more parking.

“Harford Beach’s original campground was designed in the 1960s, when campers were smaller and families usually brought just one vehicle,” said Nodsle. “The trees and the turns that make the campground unique  made access difficult for some larger camping units.”

Campsites have been re-numbered to reflect the changes. Campground maps are available online at www.gfp.sd.gov

The East Campground will be ready for campers June 23. Campers can begin making reservations at the new campground on March 25. Reservations can be made online at www.campsd.com or by calling 1-800-710-2267.