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Prairie Village is now open for our 2023 season! Hours: 10am – 5pm Mon-Sat, 11am – 5pm Sun.

Notice to Jamboree campers who have changed addresses: If you have recently camped with us during Jamboree, or if you submitted a Jamboree campsite request form during our last Jamboree, you need to contact us immediately with any changes to your mailing and contact information. A number of Jamboree camping forms have been returned to us by the postal service with no forwarding information. If you do not provide timely and accurate change of address/contact information, the Jamboree campsite may be offered to another party. Contact us at:, or PO Box 256, Madison, SD 57042, or 605-256-3644.

General camping information: 

Camping is available from Opening Day in May typically into October (weather permitting).  After the Labor Day closing of our main village and prior to camping shutdown, please utilize our self-check-in station located just inside our gate before reaching our gift shop.  Pick up a packet there for instructions and information. 

We offer dozens of electrical campsites, two shower houses and an RV dump station on the grounds. Free limited-area Wifi access is only available near the gift shop, not within campsites.

All motorized vehicles must obey the grounds speed limit of 5 mph and be operated with care and due regard.  Operators must be at least 16 years of age and possess a current driver’s license.  Operators of any motorized vehicles must not drive while consuming – or while under the influence of – alcohol or other performance altering substances.  Vehicles are allowed only on established roads within the immediate historic building and camping areas and within campsites.  All other areas (such as railroad right-of-way, grain/hay fields, etc) are prohibited.  Campers’ personal vehicles may not be parked on/in other campsites, even if vacant.  Side by sides, 4-wheelers, dirt bikes, and motor scooters/hoverboards are prohibited on Prairie Village property.  

Pets are welcome at Prairie Village but must be on a leash and kept under control at all times. Pets (except for official service animals) are not allowed in buildings, and owners must pick up after their pet. All appropriate immunizations must be current and documented.

Smoking is not allowed inside or within 25 feet of buildings, the carousel, and railroad equipment. 

Campfires are fully the responsibility of the person setting the campfire, and are only allowed in campsites and when contained within an appropriate containment device, .  All campfires must be put out thoroughly before departing, and are not allowed during high winds or extremely dry conditions.  Fireworks of all kinds are prohibited on Prairie Village property.

Camping checkout time is 4:00 pm, unless late checkout has been previously approved by Prairie Village staff.  Incoming campers may choose to arrive prior to 4:00 pm but must understand that certain campsites may remain occupied from the day prior until 4:00 pm.  Quiet hours are 11:00 pm through 9:00 am daily; during these hours, all guests must curb excessive noise and loud campsite conversations.

Drone flying is prohibited unless specifically approved by management.

Regular season camping reservations are not required but are highly encouraged (again, no reservations are accepted after Labor Day).  We will begin taking regular season camping reservations for the 2023 season on Monday, April 3, 2023 at 9:00 am. When arriving during operating hours of our regular season, stop in at the gift shop to register and pay for camping. For after-hours arrival and for all arrivals during fall camping after Labor Day, we maintain a convenient self-check in station located near the gift shop. For regular season camping information or reservations, call 605-256-3644 or e-mail   

Regular season camping fees:
-Electrical sites $25 (including tax) nightly.
-Non-electrical sites (dry lot) $20 (including tax) nightly.
Paid camping fees include free admission to Prairie Village, except for special events where gate fees are in effect.

Camping the night of the June 9 Bull Ride costs $30.00 additional minimum, even if not attending the event, and covers the Bull Ride gate fee for two adults. If more than two persons are with the camping party, additional admission charges will apply. The $30.00 does not apply if you have a Prairie Village season pass or if Bull Ride admission is paid at the event gate. A current season pass is good for admittance to this event and many others, including the entire August 24-27 Jamboree. Get season passes here.

Jamboree campers:
All electrical camp sites for the 60th Annual Steam Threshing Jamboree (August 24-27, 2023) have been reserved, but you may contact us to be placed on a standby list. We accommodate all additional campers if they desire to camp without electricity (dry lot). No reservations are required for the dry lot area, and generators are welcome in that area only. Upon arrival at the Jamboree vehicle gate, dry lot campers will be checked in and directed to a non-electrical camping area.

Jamboree camping is sold as a single package, regardless how many nights of the designated Jamboree camping dates you wish to stay. Paid and confirmed Jamboree campers may move their campers to the grounds (and may occupy them) any time beginning at 8:00 am Saturday, August 19, 2023.  Dry lot campers may also begin moving in on the same date and time, but are not required to reserve or pay prior to arriving at the gate. All campers must be removed no later than 9:00 pm Monday, August 28, 2023.

Campers may not move into their site prior to Aug. 19, as we can not accommodate the number of people that have begun requesting to do so…. due to grounds preparation, camper in-processing prior to Jamboree gate opening, etc.  We currently provide several days, evenings and a full weekend ahead of Jamboree to bring campers – beginning on Saturday, Aug. 19.  If you bring your camper prior to Aug. 19 (for either electrical or dry lot), you will be turned away.


Jamboree camping fees:
-Jamboree general camping:
Electrical sites: $145 (incl tax) for entire event (sold out for 2023 – see above)
Non-electrical sites (dry lot): $100.00 (incl tax) for entire event
-Jamboree Exhibitor and Volunteer camping:
Electrical sites: $100.00 (incl tax) for entire event (sold out for 2023 – see above)
Non-electrical sites (dry lot): $80.00 (incl tax) for entire event

We are 2 miles west of Madison SD, on highway 34, near Lake Herman.
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Additional local area camping facilities are listed below.

Izaak Walton facility across the road from Prairie Village: 605-256-2824
Lakeside RV Resort at Lake Madison 366-1881
Lakeshore Golf and RV Park on Lake Madison: 605-483-3800
River of the Double Bend, Trent (30 mi): 605-428-5472
City of Dell Rapids (35 mi): 605-428-3595
City of Howard (20 mi): 605-772-4391
Royal River Casino, Flandreau (30 mi): 800-833-8666
Camp America, Salem (30 mi): 605-425-9085
Lake Herman State Park and
Walker’s Point State Park on Lake Madison,
use website
or 800-710-2267
for other nearby state parks.