GFP News - July 25, 2013

  • State Parks Plan for Fun-Filled Weekend
  • State Parks Offers Summer Nature Camps For Kids

State Parks Plan for Fun-Filled Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. -- No time to get away? Take a mini vacation at a South Dakota state park. Several special events that offer activities for the entire family will take place soon across the state.

  • 34th Annual Sioux River Folk Festival, Newton Hills State Park near Canton, Friday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 4. Newton Hills State Park is hosting three days of folk music, dancing and family fun during the annual Sioux River Folk Festival. Info: 605-987-2263,
  • All the People You'll Meet on Mulberry Street, Chief White Crane Recreation Area near Yankton, Aug. 2, 8 p.m. CDT. Join us for a kick-off to the Dr. Suess weekend by coming to mingle, make a tasty snack, and play some wacky games. All ages welcome. Info: 605-668-2985
  • Riverman/Riverwoman Sprint Triathlon, Farm Island Recreation Area near Pierre, Aug. 3, 7:40 a.m. CDT. Compete as an individual or as part of a team in this annual event. Take a 0.4-mile swim along swim beach, an 18-mile bike ride on SD Hwy 34, and a 3.5-mile run on the island trail. Info: 605-773-2885
  • Nature Hike, Good Earth State Park at Blood Run near Sioux Falls, Aug. 3, 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. CDT. Come learn why the American Indians called this land home for many years. This 2-mile hike travels through tall grass prairies and a large oak forest, allowing you to enjoy the wondrous beauty that is Good Earth State Park. Info: 605-987-2263 or, Pre-registration: 605-362-2777 or
  • Kayaking for Fun, North Point Recreation Area near Pickstown, Aug. 3, 9:30 a.m. CDT. Learn how to kayak safely and efficiently. Kayaks will be provided. Bring your own personal floatation device, if possible. Info: 605-487-7046
  • Bean Bag Tourney, Newton Hills State Park near Canton, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. CDT. Bring your game face to this bean bag tournament! We have a limited number of bean bag sets, so first come, first served. All ages are welcome, and prizes will be awarded to both participants and winners. Info: 605-987-2263
  • Steady Eddy Disc Golf Tourney, Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. CDT. The Annual Steady Eddy Disc Golf Tourney is played in memory of Ed Headrick, known as the inventor of disc golf. Players will complete two rounds of 18 holes. Cash payout to place winners. Regristration fee: $20, Info: 605-223-7722
  • Dutch Oven Desserts, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area near Canistota, Aug. 3, 6 p.m. CDT. Learn how to make a dessert in the Dutch oven. Info: 605-296-3643
  • Evening with the Owls Walk in the Park, Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre, Aug. 3, 9 p.m. CDT. Enjoy a walk and talk on South Dakota owls. Info: 605-223-7722
  • Pedal to the Park, Oakwood Lakes State Park near Bruce, Aug. 4, 12:30 p.m. CDT. Begin at Sioux River Bicycle & bike to Oakwood Lakes State Park. Refreshments will be provided at the park. Return rides will not be furnished. Everyone is encouraged to bike back or arrange for a ride. Fee: $8, proceeds go to the Parks and Wildlife Foundation. Info: 605-627-5441

A park entrance license is required to enter all parks. Participants are encouraged to wear suitable shoes, dress for the weather and apply insect repellant.

For more information on South Dakota State Parks, please visit or call 605-773-3391.


State Parks Offers Summer Nature Camps For Kids

PIERRE, S.D. -- Four South Dakota state parks are hosting nature day camps for kids ages 7-12. The camps are a great way for kids to explore surrounding recreation areas and focus on the outdoors.

Oakwood Lakes State Park near Volga is hosting a day camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Bring a sack lunch and meet at the welcome center for an afternoon of games, crafts, and campfire cooking! Please call 605-627-5441 to register.

"Nature Explorers" is the theme at Angostura Recreation Area near Hot Springs on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to noon MDT. Catch insects, discover tracks, smell flowers, identify animal droppings and look at birds through binoculars. Join us at Shelter House 2 and spend the morning being a naturalist and exploring the outdoors! Call 605-745-6996 for more information or to register.

A Nature Day Camp at Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon will teach participants about South Dakota reptiles with a hands-on lesson, craft project, hike/walk and games. The camp runs from 9 to 11 a.m. CDT on Thursday, Aug. 8. This qualifies as a Junior Naturalist program. Call 605-582-7243 for more information and to register.

Lake Poinsett Recreation Area near Arlington is hosting a day camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT on Aug. 8. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a day of outdoor activities. Call 605-983-5085 to register.

While the camps are geared for kids ages 7-12, younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult. Kids are reminded to wear clothing appropriate for the weather, and also bring bug spray, drinking water and shoes comfortable for walking. Sandals are not appropriate. No snacks or refreshments will be provided, but kids are welcome to bring their own. There is no fee for the camp; however a park entrance license is required to enter state parks and recreation areas.

For a complete list of state park events, visit South Dakota state parks on the web at