Visit Vermillion, SD and Camp for Free

Most people know about the more popular camping areas, but when you travel the country as much as I have, you come across quaint, beautiful and relatively unknown places that make you know that the real America is still here, lurking beneath all of the noise and chaos that most of us are forced to tolerate every day.

Vermillion, South Dakota is one of those places.

This Museum is a wonderful place to visit
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Some Interesting Details

Vermillion is a small college town of just over 10,500 people that is nestled in the Southeast corner of South Dakota along the Vermillion River.  Although it appears to be a bit of a ride from Interstate 29, it is actually fairly close, and well worth visiting.

One of the campuses of the University of South Dakota is located here, and it is as clean and well manicured as the rest of the town.  The same is true of the music museum, as you can see from the above photo.

One Thing Is Missing

The streets are wide, as in all Western towns, traffic is relatively minimal, and the town has all of the basic amenities an average camper might need...unless you need repairs or have a problem with your RV.

If this happens in Vermillion, you're out of luck and will have to travel to Sioux Falls or Mitchell to find assistance, which is what we had to do. After paying $150 for repairs, our broken generator still did not work. 

We knew then that we'd have to find help in Rapid City, but that is a story for another time!

But, I digress.  I want to tell you about the great little campground that is located to your right shortly after enter the town via Interstate 29.

The Campground

As you drive through town and keep an eye out for the Lions Club Park sign, you will see a very small, but totally free, camping area there.

There are five hookups for 30 amp electric and water, and there is also a dump station.

The park is supported by the local Lions Club and is available on a first come, first serve basis. 

If you want to stay there, arrive as early in the day as possible.

Lions Club Park

Lions Club Park is basically just a strip of grassy area with a playground and a few picnic tables for the locals, so the camping there is mostly quiet and peaceful.

This park is a good spot to stay in for resting, doing your laundry and also doing a little bit of touring before you head out for the long drive to the Black Hills.

We try to stay there every time we go West because it reminds us of a better time in this country.

If you are in the area, you might want to give it a try, yourself.