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STATE PARKS SEE BUSY WEEKEND, CONTINUE FALL ACTIVITIES

PIERRE – Summer’s final three-day weekend kept South Dakota’s state parks and recreation areas busy throughout the state.

Managers reported that campgrounds were mostly full, rivaling the Fourth of July weekend visitation. Many parks saw a high number of boaters and picnickers and good attendance at park events.

"Labor Day weekend typically marks the end of summer and signals the beginning of autumn family recreation," said Emilie Miller, information specialist with the Division of Parks and Recreation. "The state parks continue holding events throughout the fall and winter that are perfect for families seeking fun and recreation."

Educational programming and activities continue in the parks with weekend Walk-in-the-Parks and Halloween activities topping the list. Visit www.state.sd.us/gfp/sdparks for specific information on parks’ events.

Fall colors, cooler weather and a slower pace continue to attract campers to the parks during the autumn months. After Labor Day weekend, most campgrounds offer first-come, first-served camping. However, reservations can be made for arrival dates through Sept. 30 at the following parks: Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton, Custer State Park, Snake Creek Recreation Area near Platte, Newton Hills State Park near Canton and Palisades State Park near Garretson.

To make a reservation at one of the above parks, call the reservation line at 1-800-710-2267 or visit the reservations website at www.campSD.com. Camping cabins, lodges and rent-a-campers may also be reserved by calling the reservation line.

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