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The two RV Gypsies
entered Mountain Time Zone in
South Dakota
May 17, 2016

entering Mountain time zone sign

As the two RV Gypsies approached Lake Francis Case, Lee said, "It looks like we will be driving right into the lake."

Missouri River - Lake Francis Case
approaching Lake Francis Case

Photos Above and Below: Lake Francis Case is a large reservoir behind Fort Randall Dam on the Missouri River in south-central South Dakota. The lake has an area of 102,000 acres and a maximum depth of 140 feet. Lake Francis Case has a length of approximately 107 miles and has a shoreline of 540 miles. The reservoir is named for former South Dakota Senator Francis Higbee Case.

Species of fish in the reservoir include walleye, northern pike, sauger, sunfish, yellow perch, common carp, black bullhead, channel catfish, and smallmouth bass.

Lake Francis Case and the Missouri River Lake Francis Case and the Missouri River

Below: Scenic travel roads with very little traffic in south-central South Dakota.

Scenic travel road Scenic travel road

Below: Roller Coaster roads and sign for 1880 Town in Murdo SD.

Roller Coaster road sign: 1880 Town

animated laughter clipart A man walking a dinosaur - guess they couldn't find food or water.

man walking a dinosaur A man walking a dinosaur

Below: signs along the highway - Firehouse Brewing Company which the two RV Gypsies will see when they reach Rapid City, and a cute train sign for Reptile Gardens where Karen does not want to go.

Firehouse Brewing Company sign and firetruck upside down Reptile Gardens train

Below: A look back in time - Indians chasing a stagecoach

Indians stagecoach

happy faceBelvidere East / Exit 170 KOA
24201 SD Highway 63
Midland, South Dakota 57552
(Jackson County)
'605.344.2247 or '800.562.2134
May 17, 2016

Belvidere East / Exit 170 KOA is a gated campground. Arrive before 10 p.m. MST or arrange a late arrival in advance. Max pull thru: 90 feet.

Pool: Memorial Weekend - Labor Day Weekend.

No trains, no planes! Easy off, easy on, only 1/2 mile north off I-90, Exit 170. Big rig friendly, all the RV sites are long pull throughs with free cable TV (but their list of TV channels was not correct). The campground had coded Wi-Fi that worked fast.

Don't feel like cooking? From Memorial Day to Labor Day, join KOA in the restaurant. (The two RV Gypsies did not eat in the restaurant.) There is also a fenced-in area where your dogs can exercise.

Pool: Memorial Weekend - Labor Day Weekend. A large solar-heated pool, playground, bike rentals and game room keep kids happy. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult in the pool. Pets allowed.

While en route to Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park or Devils Tower, this KOA is a good place to stop for exploring the re-created 1880s town before visiting the Badlands and the famous Wall Drug Store.

South Dakota map showing location of Jackson County

KOA sign

Belvidere East KOA garden

The roads were dirt roads with a bit of gravel, and the parking area for the sites had a bit more gravel, plus a bit of grass. The water pressure here was really bad. It was difficult to wash and rinse long hair. Most standard KOA rules applied. There was a laundry room, so no clotheslines. Generators are not allowed to be used. No Fireworks. There were some cabins. Check-out time 11 a.m.

the two RV Gypsies RV at Belvidere East KOA


Menu for the two RV Gypsies in South Dakota
Sites 12-15
May 15-20, 2016

You may view these adventures in any order your choose.

(There is also a link to Wyoming at the bottom of this page)

bullet S.D. Welcome Center/Rest Area/travel (site 12)

bullet Travel photos in South-Central SD (this page)

bullet Mitchell Corn Palace - site 13

bullet Badlands Petrified Gardens - site 14

bullet Wall Drug, the Jackalope and more- site 14

bullet Rapid City, The Berlin Wall, and more- site 15

bullet Bear Country USA

bullet Chapel in the Hills

bullet Cosmos Mystery Area

bullet Dinosaur Park in Rapid City

bullet Formal Gardens and sundial in Rapid City

bullet Pactola Lake, part of Black Hills National Forest

bullet Presidential Statues in Rapid City

bullet Marlins Restaurant


bullet Sioux City North KOA in North Sioux City, SD

bullet Hills RV Park in Plankinton, SD

bullet Belvidere East Exit 170 KOA in Midland, SD

bullet Three Flags RV Park in Black Hawk, SD

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go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have seen all of the above sites in South Dakota, please continue on to the adventures of the two RV Gypsies in Buffalo, Wyoming.