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Located on the scenic banks of Big Sioux River, right next to the town of Brandon, is a recreation area with awe-inspiring and challenging trails, lovely picnic shelters, and a great RV campground. Big Sioux Recreation Area encompasses 270 acres of prairies, forests, and wetlands and is frequented by anglers, birdwatchers, outdoor adventurers, and families on vacation.
During summer, guests love to come here and cool off by boating, swimming, and sunbathing along the shoreline. Many migratory birds species along with eagles and waterfowl come here to roost, so keep an eye out if you wish to spot them. As for winter, Brandon campers, along with guests from other nearby towns like Garretson (14 miles away) and Sioux Falls (nine miles away), come here for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Being close to Brandon makes it easy for guests to find gas stations, stores, and restaurants when they want to eat out. It's also very convenient to find an RV rental for your Big Sioux Recreation Area camping trip. All you have to do is book an RV in Minnehaha County and you'll arrive at this beautiful park in no time.
One of the park’s unique attractions is the Archery Trail. The trail is moderately difficult to traverse and has over ten stop-and-shoot points. In other words, instead of being a regular shooting range, the trail is shaped as an aggressive trail that requires both stamina and accuracy to fully conquer. There's also a two-and-a-half-mile bike trail used by both bikers and hikers, and the very challenging Prairie Vista Trail that's also around two and a half miles.
Hunters also love camping at Big Sioux Recreation Area, as hunting is allowed in certain areas using primitive weapons. Fishing is more popular, though, as the park offers a diverse selection of fish, including crappie, bluegill, catfish, perch, largemouth and smallmouth bass as well as walleye.
Families who come here during summer tend to spend their time playing disc golf, swimming, boating, and picnicking. The park has boat ramps along the Big Sioux River as well as a developed boating business, as such guests are encouraged to try it out. During winter, however, you can enjoy snowshoeing, snowmobiling, building a snowman, and visiting the park's warming areas afterward.
Big Sioux Recreation Area's RV campground offers over 40 sites with 20, 30, and 50-amp electric hookups. There are no sewer and water hookups, but Big Sioux Recreation Area campers have access to a picnic shelter, flush toilets, showers, and a playground. When searching for a motorhome rental for your RV camping trip at Big Sioux Recreation Area, you won't have to worry too much about its size. Campsites can accommodate vehicles up to 60 feet long.
The campsites are pet-friendly, as long as your dog stays on a leash. You can make a reservation and check site availability online. If the campground is full or if you need more creature comforts, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a place to camp in an RV near Big Sioux Recreation Area during peak season.
Families, wildlife enthusiasts, thrillseekers, and those who are in touch with their inner child are the ones who benefit the most when exploring the attractions nearby. Escape room experiences, amusement parks, and a huge zoo are all just minutes away.
Feed a giraffe, ride on a train tour in a savannah-like environment, eat candy on a carrousel, pet playful farm animals, and see an array of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians at the Great Zoo in Sioux Falls. This is a truly unique experience that will delight the whole family. Don't forget to bring your camera as there will be some awesome photo opportunities here.
There's also a place in Sioux Falls where you can play miniature golf, race go-karts, play laser tag, hop onto
a euro bungy, and even play human foosball. In other words, you'll have a truly eventful and action-packed afternoon at the amusement park in Sioux Falls. You can also try out the city's escape rooms for a wonderful family bonding or team-building experience. Looking for something a little more tame? Stop by the Pettigrew Home and Museum or the Old Courthouse Museum.
Sioux Falls also has a number of exquisite dining options. Mexican, Japanese, Indian, Chinese, fine dining, gluten-free, pub fare: you name it, Sioux Falls has it. The same goes for places to refuel your rig and stock up on your supplies before you head out to your next destination.