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GFP News - June 19, 2017


State Park Events Scheduled for June 23-25

Pierre, S.D. -Parks across the state are hosting fun activities for both individuals and families. Join in the events and learn something new.

Bring family and friends to Walker’s Point Recreation Area and Lake Herman State Park to celebrate Halloween in June. Decorate your campsite and wear your costumes for trick-or-treating and other Halloween-themed fun all weekend long.

Friday, June 23 - Sunday, June 25

Saturday, June 24

All events are free, but a park entrance license is required.

For more information on activities in South Dakota State Parks, visit, contact the individual park office, or call 605.773.3391.


Life jacket loaner program available this summer

Pierre, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind anglers and boaters that the life jacket loaner program makes life jackets available for infants to adults.

All life jackets are in clean working order and approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. These life jackets are free and can be loaned out for up to two weeks at a time. The program is designed to educate the public about life jacket wear and safety and provides a way to get life jackets to those who need them. Life jackets are required by state law for every person aboard a watercraft.

Below is a list of the participating GFP offices with access to these life jackets through the program:


GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.

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