GFP News - August 31, 2015
- GFP Celebrates Labor Day Weekend
- State Parks Camping Reservations Available Year Round
GFP Celebrates Labor Day Weekend
PIERRE, S.D. - Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the summer, and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) invite you to celebrate the transition to fall.
The mourning dove is America's most popular game bird, and Sept. 1 marks the statewide dove opener. Dove hunting is a great way to introduce young people to the world of hunting. Learn more about dove hunting at http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/small-game/mourning-doves.aspx.
Don't forget the BIG ONE - the South Dakota State Fair in Huron! The fair has been a memory maker for generations of South Dakotans and a great way to cap off a great outdoor, fun-filled summer. Come to the GFP booth on Saturday and sample fried Asian carp. GFP staff will be available to answer questions Sept. 3-7.
South Dakota state parks will host a variety of programs this Labor Day weekend. Soak in the last of summer while you take a hike, tag a monarch or ride your bike.
- Survival Weekend, Sept. 5-6, Newton Hills State Park near Canton, Info: 605-987-2263
- Labor Day Campsite Decorating Contest, Sept. 5, Lake Poinsett Recreation Area and Oakwood Lakes State Park, Info: 605.627.5441
- Southern Hills Triathlon, Sept. 5, Angostura Recreation Area near Hot Springs, 7 a.m. MDT. Info: 605-745-6996
- Bike Parade, Sept. 5, North Point Recreation Area, 9:30 a.m. CDT and Randall Creek Recreation Area, 11 a.m. CDT. Info: 605-487-7046
- Dog-gone Fun Hike, Sept. 5, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton, 10 a.m. CDT. Info: 605-668-2985
- Wildlife Olympics, Sept. 5, Good Earth State Park at Blood Run near Sioux Falls, 11 a.m. CDT. Info: 605-987-2263
- Dakota, Nakota, Lakota Life, Sept. 5, Mina Lake Recreation Area, 1 p.m. CDT. Richmond Lake Recreation Area, 5 p.m. CDT. Info: 605.626.3488
- Monarch Butterfly Tagging, Sept. 5, Palisades State Park near Garretson, 2 p.m. CDT. Info: 605-594-3824
- Labor Day Carnival, Sept. 6, North Point Recreation Area, 9:45 a.m. CDT and Randall Creek Recreation Area, 11:15 a.m. CDT. Info: 605-487-7046
- Tales and Trails, Sept. 6, Mina Lake Recreation Area, 11 a.m. CDT, Richmond Lake Recreation Area, 3 p.m. CDT. Info: 605.626.3488
For more information on GFP, please visit gfp.sd.gov or call 605.773.3391. To learn about park programs in your area, contact your local state park office.
State Parks Camping Reservations Available Year Round
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reminding campers that the end of the summer doesn’t mean the end of camping at South Dakota state parks.
"We take camping reservations for stays year-round," said state park director Doug Hofer. "In the past, camping was on a first-come, first-served basis after Labor Day."
Additionally, campsites and cabins at Custer State Park can be reserved up to one year in advance, and up to 90 days prior to arrival at all other campsites and cabins.
Group campsites located at Custer State Park and Lewis and Clark Recreation Area can also be booked one year in advance. Group lodges that can be reserved one year ahead of time include:
- Lake Thompson Recreation Area near Lake Preston
- Mina Lake Recreation Area near Aberdeen
- Newton Hills State Park near Canton
- Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre
- Palisades State Park near Garretson
- Shadehill Recreation Area near Lemmon
- Sheps Canyon Recreation Area on Angostura Reservoir near Hot Springs
Camping reservations can be made online at campsd.com or by calling 1.800.710.2267.