State Parks Offer Free Entrance for Military Group Events

May 2, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. - Past and present military personnel can receive free entrance into South Dakota state parks when participating in special events that they host.

“We’re proud to offer this benefit to our veterans and members of the military,” said South Dakota State Parks director Katie Ceroll. 

Park entrance licenses are not required for those participating in an eligible military group event. It includes South Dakota military veterans, members of the SD National Guard and military reserve units and patients of veterans’ hospitals in South Dakota. The exemption also extends to family members and guests in attendance at the event.

Ceroll said examples of eligible events include a veteran’s group picnic, a veteran’s home or hospital outing or a National Guard recruitment day.

In addition to the military group event entrance license exemption,  South Dakota veterans having a 100 percent, service-related disability can obtain a free lifetime park entrance license and half-price camping.

For more information, call GFP at 605.773.3391. To host a military event in a state park, complete the special event application at



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