Hartford Beach State Park adds new campground

Hartford Beach State Park adds new campground

Hartford Beach (Courtesy of SD Game, Fish & Parks)

MILBANK – 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.

— From a state Game, Fish and Parks news release

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Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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