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July Fourth Camping Reservations in State Parks Open Soon

PIERRE, S.D. – Camping reservations for Fourth of July weekend open soon for South Dakota state parks. Reservations can be made by calling 800-710-2267 or by going online to www.campsd.com A three-day stay for holiday weekends is required at all parks except Custer State Park. “Fourth of July weekend is…


Hartford Beach State Park adds new campground

PIERRE, S.D. – One of South Dakota’s oldest state parks now has one of the newest campgrounds. Hartford Beach State Park near Milbank, established in 1945, now features a new 57-site campground, in addition to the original lakeshore campground. “The new campground will allow more visitors to enjoy the beauty…


SD Memorial Day Weekend Camping Reservations Open Feb. 26

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota state park campers can make reservations for Memorial Day weekend, beginning Feb. 26, for Friday, May 27 arrivals. “Memorial Day weekend is very busy in all the parks,” said state Division of Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer. “Campers should plan ahead to reserve their…


Ice Fishing Shelter Removal Dates Approaching

Minnesota’s ice fishing shelter removal dates are fast approaching. Dark houses, fish houses and portables must be off the ice of inland waters no later than midnight on March 7 in the southern two-thirds of the state and March 21 in the northern third. The March 7 removal deadline applies…


Hunters Vital in Tracking Sage Grouse Data in South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D.—South Dakota’s short sage grouse hunting season is accompanied by a vigorous effort to collect data about the birds. That collection effort relies largely on the willingness of hunters to have their birds checked by Game, Fish and Parks. “Hunters play a key role in helping us collect…


2008 South Dakota Hunting Handbook, Hunting Atlas Now Available

PIERRE, S.D.—Two of the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department’s most popular publications are now available to the public. The 2008 Hunting Handbook and the 2008 Hunting Atlas are available at GFP regional offices as well as from license agents. The books may also be accessed in PDF form on…


Oakwood Lakes State Park Invites Visitors to Pedal to the Park

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Oakwood Lakes State Park and Sioux River Bicycles and Fitness are encouraging families to enjoy a fun outdoor activity on Aug. 10. The Pedal to the Park reunion tour takes off from Sioux River Bicycles and Fitness, 501 Main Avenue in Brookings at 1:30 p.m. and ends…


Another Record Deer Harvest in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota hunters can look back on 2007 as another record-setting year for deer harvest. According to harvest surveys compiled by the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department, last year saw the all-time highest recorded deer harvest in the state and it was the eighth straight year…


DNR to Convene Multi-State Meeting June 4 on Lead Fragments in Venison

Wildlife, public health and food safety experts from five states will meet in Minnesota next week for the purpose of helping regulators, hunters and processors better understand the implications of lead fragments in hunter-harvested deer. The meeting, hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), will be held Wednesday,…


Weekend Events Scheduled for State Parks

PIERRE, S.D. – On Saturday, May 31, parents have numerous opportunities to head outdoors with their children. Some of these opportunities include learning about spring flowers on a Walk in the Park at Lewis and Clark recreation area, or letting the kids go fishing at Lake Poinsett. Kids ages 4-15…