Memorial Day Weekend Campsites Still Available in S.D. State Parks

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PIERRE, S.D. – For campers seeking sites for Memorial Day weekend, opportunities still exist, say Game, Fish and Parks officials. A number of campsites are available for the weekend in state park campgrounds across South Dakota.

“Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for camping, and campgrounds fill up fast,” said Doug Hofer, state parks director. “However, there is still time to reserve one of the remaining campsites.”

As of May 12, sites were still available at the following parks:

·        Angostura Recreation Area near Hot Springs

·        Custer State Park near Custer

·        Platte Creek Recreation Area near Platte

·        Roy Lake State Park near Lake City

A current site availability listing is available online at Reservations for Memorial Day weekend can be made until 12 noon (CT) on Thursday, May 22, through or by calling 1-800-710-CAMP (2267). At noon on Thursday, May 22, all sites not reserved become available on a first-come, first-served basis.
In addition, a number of campgrounds offer all sites as first-come, first-served. These include:

·        Bear Butte State Park near Sturgis

·        Burke Lake Recreation Area near Burke

·        Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area near Selby

·        Little Moreau Recreation Area near Timber Lake

·        North Wheeler Recreation Area near Platte

·        Okobojo Point Recreation Area near Pierre

·        Swan Creek Recreation Area near Akaska

·        West Pollock Recreation Area near Pollock

The following parks have a portion of sites available on a first-come basis:

·        Buryanek Recreation Area near Platte

·        Cow Creek Recreation Area near Pierre

·        Lake Louise Recreation Area near Miller

·        Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton

·        Custer State Park near Custer – Center Lake Lower Loop, Stockade Lake South and French Creek Horse Camp

 For more information on the South Dakota state park system, visit or call (605) 773-3391.

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