Palisades State Park Opens Lodge, Hosts Activities

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An open house at Palisades State Park’s new group lodge coincides with South Dakota’s statewide Open House Weekend.  The annual state park Open House Weekend, May 16-18, waives the park entrance fees and fishing license requirements for all state park guests. Camping fees still apply.

The lodge open house at Palisades begins with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. Tours of the lodge will be available from 2-5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

The new group lodge has 4 bedrooms that can sleep up to 12 people, and two bathrooms with showers. It also has a full kitchen, dining area and relaxation room. The 900 square foot back deck overlooks Split Rock Creek and the park’s unique Sioux quartzite rock formations. There is no bedding provided at the lodge. Reservations are now being taken by calling our reservation number 1-800-710-2267 or by going online to The cost of renting the lodge is $200 per night.

Other weekend activities at Palisades State Park include a “Plein Aire Paint Out,” where area artists are invited come to the park to paint, draw or sketch the many scenic landscapes the park has to offer. “We hope to have these artists exhibit their pieces at the new lodge,” said park manager Marty DeWitt. “I think it would be a nice addition to the open house tours.”

On Sunday, Palisades hosts a Fabulous Fishing Frenzy. Fishing instruction will be available for anyone interested, with poles and tackle provided by the park.

Also making a debut for the big weekend are a few updates to the park. Electric pedestals have been upgraded to 50 amp service, six former tent sites were converted to electric pads, the park gained a sixth camping cabin, and water service throughout the park is now hooked up to Rural Water. And in the near future, a popular day-use area will be home to a new drinking fountain.

Palisades State Park is located just south of Garretson off Highway 11. For more information on Palisades developments and summer activities, contact the park at 605-594-3824. For more information on the South Dakota state park system, visit or call (605) 773-3391.

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