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Brandon - Big Sioux Recreation Area

410 W. Park Street

Big Sioux Recreation Area lies on the banks of South Dakota's Big Sioux River. Close to the cities of Brandon and Sioux Falls, Big Sioux is popular among campers, canoers, history buffs and archers. When the snow flies, groups of snowmobilers gather at the enclosed warming house.


Ryan Tellberg

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
My wife and I recently went on a hike here, we went on the trail called " valley of the Giants" what a beautiful trail! I can only begin to imagine how old some of the trees are for how huge they are. I enjoyed how the trail followed the river and covered varying grades of terrain. We also came across a yank yank ( mini woodpecker ) on a branch high in a tree ... We said hello but he didn't acknowledge our presence ... What an ass. The old log cabin is also a nice historical location to check out if you look to the Northeast of it there is a stairwell that leads down into an old pantry or maybe it was meant to be a bomb shelter not sure...

Adam Niessink

Saturday, March 31, 2018
It was a pretty good time till we caught the park ranger spying on us in the trees at around 10 pm

Jillian Gilbey

Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2017
This campsite was great! For around $22/night, we got an electric site, picnic table and fire pit. The site itself was nice with enough distance between your neighbor that you don't feel on top of one another. You have to use SD wood in the fire pits, so just be aware there. The showers and bathroom were very clean. In fact, I was impressed at just how nice the campground showers were. This picture is of a handicap stall, so it was larger in size, but still quite nice. There were 2 showers in the bathroom. They also have a playground here too. The paved trails for running/biking were awesome with a nice view of the river. Overall, I thought it was great!

Mandy Larson

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
We love hiking here with our young son. There are many miles of trails to pick from including paved, wooded, riverside, and on a ridge. A favorite is across the "wobbly bridge" on the Big Sioux and through the archery trail, even without a bow, climbing down ravines to small creeks and back up and over again. There is a play structure and covered picnic tables off the parking lot and disc golf as well.

Joel Quanbeck

Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017
Beautiful area. Great walking and biking trails. Good challenging disc golfing. Nice campground.

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