Make Reservations to Camp Labor Day Weekend in S.D. State Parks

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PIERRE, S.D.  – Campers making plans for Labor Day weekend can begin reserving campsites in South Dakota state parks on May 31 for arrival on Friday, August 29. For reservations, call (800) 710-2267 or go online to

“Holiday weekends at South Dakota State Parks are busy and campgrounds fill up fast,” said Doug Hofer, state parks director. “Campsites are reserved well in advance, so plan ahead and make your reservations as soon as possible to get your favorite camping spot.”

A three-night stay is required during holiday weekends at all state parks, except at Custer State Park. Reservations for campsites and camping cabins in South Dakota state parks can be made within 90 days of the arrival date. Custer State Park is currently accepting reservations for the entire camping season. Reservations for the lodges at Mina Lake, Shadehill, Newton Hills, Palisades, Oahe Downstream and Lake Thompson are currently being taken for stays through this calendar year.

The call center is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (CT). Online reservations can be made 24 hours a day, but sites cannot be reserved until 7 a.m. on the first day of the 90-day window. There is a $5 non-resident reservation fee per site, which does not apply to South Dakota residents. A daily or annual park entrance license is required of all vehicles entering the park. Entrance fees are in addition to camping fees.

For additional information on S.D. state parks and recreation areas and to view the 90-day window calendar, visit the South Dakota state parks website at