ARROWWOOD CEDAR SHORES CAMPGROUND — OACOMA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Our view

The campground sits on the western bank of the Missouri river. It is pretty nondescript as far as campgrounds go, but the view of the river is gorgeous. The campground is a popular spot for fisherman and boaters. Many of the RVers had boats, and the ones that weren’t in the water were parallel parked beside their RVs. It was not unusual to see part of a boat sticking out on the road, despite the fact the campground rules clearly stated that boats must be on the RV pad or on the gravel alongside the roadway.

Facility: 3/5

The campground has forty-four back in sites with full hookups, seven of which are riverfront sites. We were fortunate enough to have one of the riverfront sites. There are also seven tiny riverfront cabins available to rent. The roads are paved, but rather narrow, and it is hard to squeeze by campsites with large boats jutting out onto the roadway. The sites are also paved, and they all appeared to be level. Each campsite includes a picnic table, a fire ring, and a garbage can. There is no designated place for unhooking a toad, but you can easily hook/unhook on the street, or next door in the hotel parking lot next door.

Restrooms: 3/5

There is only one bathhouse in the park. The bathrooms and showers were clean, but they definitely showed some age. 

Amenities: 3/5

The park features a picnic shelter, a basketball court, and a playground. The campground is part of the Arrowwood Cedar Shore Resort, which includes the campground and a hotel next door. Campers are allowed to use the hotel’s pool. There are two washers and two dryers located in the campground’s office, but there was no folding table. The setup seemed a bit awkward to me. Arrowwood offers free WIFI and cable, but the WIFI was down the entire time we were there. We ended up using our MIFI during most of our stay. Harry finally went to the office to inquire about the WIFI. He was told it had been down for several days, but that we were welcome to use the hotel’s WIFI. You would have thought the person who checked us in would have mentioned that little tidbit. 

Location: 5/5

The campground is  located about five miles from I-90. There is a grocery store and a restaurant within a few miles of the campground, or you can drive across the river to Chamberlain, where you’ll find several fast food restaurants.

Pet Friendly: 5/5

Arrowwood is a pet friendly campground. Mutt Mitts are available at the north end of the campground near the picnic shelter, and also at the south end of the campground. 

Overall Rating: 3.3

Summary: This is a relatively small campground, but they still allowed for some greenspace in the park. The campground’s main attraction is the river. The sites are fine for smaller RV’s, but not large enough to accommodate a toad if you have a big rig. We had to park our Jeep on the gravel parallel to the road. The RV sites are $45.00 per night plus tax. The only discount offered is 10% for AARP members.

Cell Phone Signal: We were able to get three bars with both AT&T and Verizon.

Conclusion: Would we stay at Arrowwood again? Not likely. If we do stop at Oacoma on our way home, it will mostly likely be for one night only. There are three boondocking spots places near the campground, one not far from the interstate. Why spend $45.00 when you can sleep somewhere for free?

 

Playground
Playground
Greenspace
Greenspace
Bike Path
Stock photo of Roland L. Dolly Memorial Bike Trail
Site at campground
Nearby campsite

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