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  • Left Tailrace COE, SD

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    Left Tailrace CG is located at Big Bend Dam on the Missouri River near Fort Thompson, SD. The CG is just below the dam and with its boat launch is a popular spot for fishermen.

    605-245-2255

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    An overall view of the campground.

    Date of visit: Jun 2008

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    Plenty of sites to choose from - we're on 21B. Several of the sites, including this one, are pull-throughs that have been divided in half. If you have someone on the other half, then it becomes a back-in site. Most others are pull-throughs, while there are a few single back-in sites.

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    23B is one of the best sites - at the end with a great view of the river.

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    This gives you an idea as to the setting of the campground.

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    Site 19 is also a great spot by the river.

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    Site 10's inhabitants were typical - truck, 5th-wheel, and boat. The fivers have hitches on the rear, so you have the truck pulling both.

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    Sites 15A and 14A.

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    This picture of sites 37-34 shows the sun shades over each site's picnic table - very welcome in the hot summer sun.

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    Sites 64-47 are single back-ins and are nearer the highway and the 233,000 volt transmission line.

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    There are two modern bathhouses with free hot showers.

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    The boat launch and dock - kids were swimming from the dock while we were here.

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    There's a nice play area for the kids.

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    Big Bend Dam offers daily tours of the power house - very interesting.

    Amenities

    Fresh water, showers and dump station available

    Verizon Broadband Access service

    Rates: $14 (50% off with Golden Age Pass)

    81 sites w/ 30A

    No reservations accepted

    Coord: 44.053763 N, 99.447040 W