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GFP News - March 28, 2014

July Fourth Camping Reservations in State Parks Open Soon

PIERRE, S.D. -- Camping reservations open soon for Fourth of July weekend at South Dakota state parks. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 800-710-2267.

"Fourth of July weekend is always a busy time in the parks," said Doug Hofer, state parks director. "Campsites are reserved well in advance, so campers will need to plan ahead and make reservations as soon as possible to get their favorite camping spots."

Reservations for campsites and camping cabins in South Dakota state parks can be made within 90 days of arrival.
To arrive on:                       Make reservation on:
Thursday, July 3                 Friday, April 4                 
Friday, July 4                       Saturday, April 5
Saturday, July 5                  Sunday, April 6

Reservations for group lodges statewide and all campsites at Custer State Park are currently being accepted.

The reservations open at 7 a.m. CDT on the first day of the 90-day window, both online and through the call center. Reservations can be made 24 hours a day.

There is a $7.70 per site non-refundable reservation fee (not applicable to South Dakota residents). Camping fees must be paid when reservations are made. Daily or annual park entrance licenses are required for all vehicles entering the parks. Entrance fees are in addition to camping fees.

For more detailed information on making reservations or to view the 90-day window calendar, visit or contact the Division of Parks and Recreation office at 605-773-3391 or email

GFP Honors regional habitat partners

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has selected four individuals to be recognized as Regional Habitat Partners of the Year.

Private landowners from around the state are nominated by GFP staff based on how they use available state and federal programs to improve habitat on their land, create innovative habitat efforts and demonstrate leadership in promoting habitat development and partnerships.

The award recognizes individuals who have established and enhanced habitat for fish and wildlife in South Dakota. The 2014 regional award recipients are:

West Region: Clifford Poss, Philip Central Region: Larry Kindopp, Sioux Falls Southeast Region: Del Ochsner, Alpena Northeast Region: Dennis Skoog, Milbank

"These award recipients are great examples of the many private partners our department relies on to ensure that South Dakota's wildlife resources remain strong for years to come," said Tom Kirschenmann, chief wildlife biologist for GFP. "Private landowners across South Dakota are essential to providing quality habitat for our state's fish and wildlife."


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