County Line Campground is located in Summit, South Dakota. There are a total of 75 sites available for guests wanting to stay at the RV park, 71 of those being RV sites specifically, and four of them being tent areas. Additionally, for those without an RV or a tent, a cabin and a couple of campers are available for rent. Every week, Larry, one of the owners of the property, puts on an acoustic music jam. He and other performers encourage all people that know how to play music to participate in the activity. The owners hope that all of those who stay with them will feel as if they are staying with friends of theirs. They strive to talk to their guests often, offering to help them with what they may need. For those looking for things to do in the area, there can be opportunities found for hunting, fishing, and spending time on lakes.
There is a relatively large amount of land on County Line Campground, which expands across 14 acres. A total of 71 RV spaces and four tent areas are spread throughout those acres, each site having RV hookups with electricity and water. Each regular RV site includes full hookups with 30 and 50 AMP services, with the exception of four of the sites that include 30 AMP exclusively. There is a cabin that serves as another available spot that can be rented out by guests. The cabin has heating and air conditioning and includes a microwave, a fridge, and two sets of bunk beds. Additionally, if the cabin is booked, there are a couple of campers that the owners will rent out to those looking for a place to stay during their trip.
Some additional facilities that are included on the grounds are restrooms, a shower house, and coin-operated laundry machines. There is also a store located where the office and laundry facilities are. The store can be used for both purchasing needed items and for activities such as potlucks, or the weekly acoustic music jam that the property puts on. Many locals, plus the owner of the property, Larry, enjoy participating in the music jam, encouraging others to join them in the festivities. Most of the music that they play is country or bluegrass, but there is the occasional light rock as well.
For those that would like access to the internet during their stay, Wi-Fi is included throughout the RV park. The property is next door to a city park where a playground is located and maintained. There are occasional events held at that location as well, but it is primarily used for recreation.
The owners of County Line Campground want their guests to feel like they are staying at home and with friends when they stay at their property. Larry, one of the owners of the business, says that he and his wife enjoy interacting with their guests, striving to be friendly people. He and his wife had hosted for the camp for a while before buying the property, and they feel that they know how their guests would like to be treated, so they put forth the effort to treat them as such. They say that they often visit with guests, asking about their trips and offering to help them to get settled into their site.
The area in which County Line Campground is located is what they are most known for, according to Larry. There are opportunities available for those that enjoy hunting, fishing, and spending time on the lakes. According to Larry, pheasant hunting is popular in the area, and for those that enjoy fishing specifically, a few of the nearby lakes that he mentions are Summit Lake, Bitter Lake, Waubey Lake, and others nearby. Reportedly, Walleye, Northern Pike, and Perch are some of the types of fish that people catch, but many others can be caught as well. If the property were to be known for anything else, Larry says it would presumably be the music jams that they hold weekly, emphasizing that he hopes that more people will know them for this reason.
If guests are looking for something else to do besides the regular activities done in the area, Larry recommends that they visit Redland Art Museum in Watertown, South Dakota, a free art museum a few miles away from the property in the city of Watertown. A restaurant that can be found on the way to Watertown is one of Larry's recommendations for those looking for places to eat. That place is called Country Road Barn, which specializes primarily in barbecued foods. Another restaurant that Larry recommends his guests eat at is the Waverly Steakhouse, which is located in Waverly, South Dakota.
According to the owners, the busiest times of the year for the business are from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The property is open from mid-April through mid-October, typically closing specifically for the weather. One of the things that Larry believes has led to his success, plus having an extended busy season, is word of mouth. Many guests in the past have left reviews about the property, some focusing specifically on aspects of the grounds and others leaving reviews about the staff. One such guest said, "Great place to stay. Has full hookups if you want the whole shebang. Clean, private bathroom and showers. Hosts were very friendly and helpful." Another guest said similarly, "The owners were very friendly and helpful. The campground was well kept, and all hookups were in very good working condition. The bathroom/shower was clean and had plenty of hot water." Other reviews about the property say similarly; some mention the area, and others mention the overall atmosphere. Overall, Larry says that he generally sees good reviews about their business.
County Line Campground has been in business for over ten years, starting around 2012. There have been two sets of owners before the current ones, with the original owners currently living just across the street from the property. The first owners started the business with around 25 sites on the grounds. They chose to sell the business after a few years, and the store and office building were put into place by the second owners of the business. Larry and his wife bought the park in 2016 during the month of March and have kept it running ever since. After buying the property from this second owner, Larry and his wife added an additional 50 sites, hoping to add more space for those who were visiting the area. They also added sewer facilities and Wi-Fi to the RV park. The grounds are located near the interstate, making it a "good overnight stop for people," according to Larry.
Larry and his wife hope to someday add some small storage units and possibly another cabin or two. Before they bought the County Line Campground, they owned a rental property and loved to use their own RV. When they left that line of work, they decided that they wanted to do work that they enjoyed doing the most, and they discovered the RV park. When it comes to what he enjoys the most, Larry says that interacting with his guests, especially during their music jams, is something that he finds the most fun doing. "I've never regretted getting out of bed," says Larry about his current work.