State Parks Visitor Appreciation weekend / Free Fishing weekend (May 17-19)
Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27)
July Fourth Holiday (July 4)
Labor Day weekend (August 31 - September 2)
Application Period for any Fishing Tournament conducted
on public waters of this state – No earlier than November 1st
of the preceding year, but no later than 30 days before the planned
tournament. A permit is
required for any organized competitive fishing tournament (open water or
ice) involving 20 or more boats or, if boats are not involved, 50 or more
people.Application Period for Other Special Events taking place
on Public Lands or Waters involving 50 or more people - No earlier than
November 1st of the preceding year, but no later than 30 days
before the planned event.Tournament and Special Event permit requests are
processed as they are received. There is always the possibility that the date(s) and public access
area you request may have already been permitted to another tournament or
The following conditions
are agreed to by the Sponsor and persons participating in above described activity:
1. Sponsor agrees to hold
harmless and indemnify the State of South Dakota, its officers, agents, and employees,
from and against any and all actions, suits, damages, liability, or other proceedings
which may arise as the result of the negligence, misconduct, error or omission of
the Sponsor or any officer, agent, member, or employee of the Sponsor.
2. If the event or activity
warrants, the Department may require the Sponsor to provide proof of insurance and
such insurance must be approved by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. In addition,
participants in activities presenting a high risk of injury may be required to sign
or, in the case of minor children, present signed waivers of liability prior to
participating in the event. If so required, SPECIAL EVENT INSURANCE AND WAIVER REQUIREMENTS
will become part of this document, and Sponsor will secure and maintain said coverage
and/or waivers for the duration of the Permit.
3. Neither the Department
of Game, Fish and Parks nor any of its employees shall be responsible for damages
to property or injury to any person arising out of the permitted activity or incident
4. The Sponsor is responsible
for taking all necessary precautions for the health and safety of the participants
5. The Sponsor shall clear
the grounds, remove equipment and restore the site to its original condition by
the end of the day the event is completed.
6. The Sponsor will make no charges
for special services rendered other than charges which are reasonable. These charges
may be for such event services as: insurance, reserved seating, food concessions,
and entrance fees for contestants or event programs. If deemed desirable by the
Department, a percentage of any fees collected for the event may be required to
be paid to the department. All charges related to the event must be agreed upon
in writing between the Sponsor and the Department prior to the approval of this
It is fully understood
by the Sponsor that this application for permission to hold a special event on public
water and/or land controlled by Game, Fish and Parks is requested with full knowledge
that the above mentioned conditions must be adhered to. Violation of the provisions
of this permit is a misdemeanor and may result in revocation of this permit and/or
denial of future permits.
SPECIAL EVENT INSURANCE AND WAIVER
above Sponsor shall not engage in the organized event without securing the following
insurance coverage, if required, and having said coverage approved by the Department
of Game, Fish and Parks. If the planned event involves 100 or more boats or 200 or
more participants, or the event is determined to involve a high risk of injury to
participant or others liability insurance will be required. Check mark(s) below indicate
if liability insurance and waivers will be required.
Commercial General Liability Insurance
or equivalent form with a limit of not less than $1,000,000 each occurrence.
If such insurance contains a general aggregate limit, it shall apply separately
to this Permit or be not less than two times the occurrence limit.
A Certificate for the above insurance shall be attached to this document and shall
be subject to the Department’s approval. The insurer shall state in its Certificate that no cancellation
of the insurance will be made without at least thirty (30) days prior written notice
to the Department.
All adult participants shall sign a Waiver of
Liability, Indemnification and Medical Release. Minor children must have a signed
waiver from parent or guardian before participating. Sponsor is responsible for
securing forms from participants. A completed waiver for each participant must be
submitted to GFP within five days of completion of event. The waivers will be kept
with the permit for one year.
approval or acceptance of above certificate of insurance or waivers shall in no
way release or relieve the Sponsor from any responsibility, liability or obligation.
All insurance policies and Certificates shall be issued only by companies licensed
to do business in the State of South Dakota and acceptable to the STATE. It shall
be the Sponsor’s responsibility to keep the coverage current and in force for the
duration of the Permit. Samples of liability waivers acceptable to the STATE are
available from GF&P offices, Conservation Officers, or Park Managers.