GFP News - July 3, 2012
- Fish Kill affects Roy Lake
- State Parks Feature Free Family Activities
- New Birding Trail Guide For Western South Dakota
Fish Kill affects Roy Lake
LAKE CITY, S.D. - Many dead carp have been reported on Roy Lake in northeast South Dakota.
Roy Lake State Park personnel are picking up fish daily and keeping swimming beaches within the park clear of fish. Throughout the rest of the lake, lake users will find fish along the shoreline.
"We believe the fish kill stems from some condition unique to carp, in combination with the hot weather after their spawning period," said Mark Ermer, Regional Fisheries Manager for the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks. "No other fish species have been found dead."
Water samples have been taken, and the Department of Health is testing to determine whether there is any health risk. The beaches will be closed Wednesday, July 4, if testing indicates a health problem.
A burial pit has been created on Four Mile Game Production Area (GPA) for the disposal of dead fish. The public can access the pit by going three miles east of Lake City on Highway 10 and then turning south at the Six Mile Lake Access road. Continue southfor three-fourths of a mile and turn west. Public will need to go through the gated entrance of the GPA and follow signs to the pit.
Roy Lake State Park is organizing a fish cleanup effort for Friday, July 6. Contact Roy Lake State Park at 605-448-5701 for more information.
For more information about the fish kill, contact Regional Fisheries Manager Mark Ermer at 605-345-3381.
State Parks Feature Free Family Activities
PIERRE, S.D. - Visitors to South Dakota state parks will have the chance to take part in a variety of special family activities on Saturday, July 14. The free activities are a great way for people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors.
Make plans to attend the following events:
- Morning Masterpieces, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton, July 14, 10 a.m. CDT. Discuss wetland habitats and draw and/or watercolor what you see. What better way is there to remember your time outdoors than capturing it in art? Basic materials will be provided. Advanced painters may wish to bring their own supplies. Info: 605-668-2985
- Archery for Beginners, North Point Recreation Area near Pickstown, July 14, 10 a.m. CDT. Meet at the North Point rifle range to learn the basics of archery. Info: 605-487-7046
- Outdoor Cooking from A-Z,Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre, July 14, 10 a.m. CDT. Visitors will learn basics of Dutch oven cooking and prepare a main dish, side dish, and dessert. Info: 605-223-7722
- Journey Through Time, Oakwood State Park near Volga, July 14, 10 a.m. CDT. Meet at Mortimer's Cabin for Dutch oven cooking demonstrations, pioneer crafts, and a history lesson about Oakwood Lakes. Info: 605-627-5441
- Catchin' Critters, Roy Lake State Park near Lake City, July 14, 10 a.m. CDT. Learn the differences between reptiles and amphibians in this hands-on program. Info: 605-448-5701
- Un-nature Hike, Newton Hills State Park near Canton, July 14, 11 a.m. CDT. You will need a keen eye for this hike! It will start at the Woodland Trailhead on the lower road of the park. Hikers will be challenged to spot items that have been hidden, and do not belong on the trail. This will qualify as a Junior Naturalist Program. Info: 605-987-2263
- Family Sand Volleyball Tourney, Lake Thompson Recreation Area near Lake Preston, July 14, 3-8 p.m. CDT. Gather your teams and join us on the beach for a day of fun in the sun. Call the park to register your teams before Friday, July 13. Info or register: 605-847-4893
- Dutch Oven Gathering, Big Sioux Ranch Recreation Area near Brandon, July 14, 3:30 p.m. CDT. Area Dutch oven cookers will prepare and cook meals in Dutch ovens, including bread, soups, stews, desserts and more. There will be a campground potluck following the presentations at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a dish to share and join us! Info: 605-582-7243
- Lantern Tour of Fort Buildings, Fort Sisseton Historic State Park, July 14, 9 p.m. CDT. Tour historic Fort Sisseton by the light of a lantern. Learn about the people and events that make this historic site famous. Info: 605-448-5474
- Wet and Wild Hike, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, July 14, 9 p.m. CDT. On this hike along Gavins Point Nature Trail, hikers will discuss some of the water inhabitants of the park. Wear good walking shoes. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Info: 605-668-2985
There is no cost to participate in any of the park programs; however, a park entrance license is required to enter most parks. The programs are held in addition to regular programs hosted by individual parks on summer weekends.
Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather, and remember to bring bug spray and plenty of drinking water.
For more information on S.D. state parks and a calendar of upcoming events, visit www.gfp.sd.gov or call 605-773-3391.
New Birding Trail Guide For Western South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. - A new birding trail guide is being offered to help nature and wildlife enthusiasts find birds and birding spots in western South Dakota.
The Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Birding Trail Guide features 38 sites in the region, ranging from state recreation areas to vast expanses of federal lands.
Bird watching continues to grow in popularity, and South Dakota's diverse bird life draws visitors and fascinates residents.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, 432,000 people participated in wildlife watching in South Dakota during 2006, the most recent summarized survey year.
Residents and nonresidents spent an average of $418 each in 2006 on trip expenses and equipment, including purchase of bird seed, binoculars and cameras.
The birding trail guide illustrates what western South Dakota has to offer to nature enthusiasts, whether a visitor plans to spend a weekend or a few weeks.
The full-color Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Birding Trail Guide features maps, species to look for, contact information, helpful tips and images of many bird species found in the area. The free guide can be downloaded at the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks' website (http://gfp.sd.gov/wildlife/docs/BHBadlands-birding-trail.pdf)
Single copies can be requested by emailing Sandy Hoerner (email@example.com).
The guide was made possible by contributions from GFP, South Dakota Department of Tourism, South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, South Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society, South Dakota Ornithologists' Union, Izaak Walton League of America's South Dakota Division, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Badlands National Park, Badlands Natural History Association and The Nature Conservancy.