Kennebec KOA Journey Review | South Dakota

Our stop at the Kennebec KOA Journey South Dakota was a one-night stop on the way to Yellowstone National Park. 

We had spent the previous two nights in Waterloo Iowa and would be spending the next two nights afterward at the Badlands National Park.

After traveling for around 8 hours, and covering almost 500 miles, we arrived in the early afternoon. When people tell you they stayed in the middle of nowhere this is what they mean. The population of Kennebec, S.D. at the time was 240. In addition, the town is surrounded by farmland as far as the eye can see. In our opinion a great place to jump off I-90 for an overnight stay.

Kennebec KOA Journey | South Dakota
Kennebec KOA Journey | South Dakota

Kennebec KOA Journey Location 

The KOA is easily located off I-90 at exit 235. The campground is a quick 2 miles from the highway.  


The KOA system is a three-tiered system. The journey parks are the lowest of the three tiers. Of course, this doesn’t mean that they are ramed poorly. However, the journey parks as ranked for one-night stays and are often found near highways. To learn more about KOA campgrounds be sure to read our KOA Campground blog post

One thing that is beneficial of the KOA system is that most offer similar amenities, and Kennebec KOA is no different. 

This small KOA offered a small pool, a hot tub, a small store, and laundry facilities. 

The sites were all dirt. Our site was nice and level which is also good. In addition, they did offer full hookups including septic. 

Campground Review

Our stay at the Kennebec KOA was a quick one. However, while there our stay was a pleasant one. The staff was very helpful, and the campground was well maintained. The kids enjoyed a quick dip in the pool after a long day of driving. In addition, we were able to sit around the campfire and enjoy a relaxing evening. 

If you are traveling along I-90 and looking for a place to stop for the night through South Dakota this KOA will certainly meet your needs. 

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If you have visited Kennebec, South Dakota, or stayed at the Kennebec KOA let us know how your experience was. 

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Cape Cod to Yellowstone National Park Itinerary and Reviews 

Cape Cod to Yellowstone Home Page

Day 1 –  526 miles – Niagara Falls, Ontario 

Day 3 – 426 miles – Coloma St Joseph KOA, Michigan 

Day 4 – 392 miles – Waterloo / Lost Island Waterpark KOA Resort

Day 6 – 471 miles – Kennebec Koa, South Dakota

Day 7 – 108 miles  – Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Day 10 – 267 miles – Buffalo KOA, Wisconsin 

Day 11 – 245 miles – Fishing Bridge RV Park, Yellowstone National Park

Day 15 – 200 miles – Sleeping Bear RV Park & Campground, Wyoming 

Day 16 – 438 miles – Ogalla KOA, Nebraska  

Day 17 – 497 miles – Kansas City East KOA, Missouri 

Day 18 – 222 miles – Gateway Arch N.P., St Louis, Missouri

Day 20 – 377 miles – Lebanon Cincinnati KOA, Ohio 

Day 21 – 88 miles – Home

Trip Totals 

21 days

4 National Parks | 2 National Historic Sites | 2 National Monuments |

5,025 miles

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