GFP News: CRP Enrollement | Labor Day Camping Reservations | Fort Sisseton Festival

May 28, 2019

  • Continuous CRP Enrollment to Start June 3
  • Labor Day Camping Reservations in State Parks Open Soon
  • Fort Sisseton Annual Historical Festival This Weekend

Continuous CRP enrollment to start June 3

PIERRE, S.D. – U.S. Department of Ag recently announced it will start taking offers for enrollment into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on Monday, June 3.

Local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will take applications for enrollment into certain continuous CRP practices including but not limited to; grassed waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration, the farmable wetlands pilot, and duck nesting habitat.

“A key benefit of the duck nesting habitat practice is the ability to enroll up to 10 upland acres per wetland acre,” said Game, Fish and Parks’ senior wildlife biologist, Mark Norton. “This creates important nesting and concealment habitat for a variety of ground nesting birds and other grassland-dependent wildlife.”

All of these CRP practices provide 50 percent cost-share to establish grassland habitat on cropland acres and provide an annual rental payment for ten to 15 years. 

Land being offered for enrollment must have a cropping history of 4 out of 6 years from 2012 to 2017 or be in a current CRP contract expiring on Sept. 30, 2019. If the offer includes any land that will be re-enrolled, the deadline to submit the offer will be Aug. 23, 2019. 

CRP provides important benefits of improved water quality and soil health, forage for livestock, and habitat for wildlife.

“Restoring grasslands and wetlands through CRP will provide important habitat for pheasants, ducks, deer, and pollinators,” said Norton. 

Land enrolled in CRP is also a priority for South Dakota’s Walk-in Area public hunting access program, which provides a sign-up incentive bonus payment for multi-year access contracts on CRP acres, annual payments, and posts the boundaries with signs for the participating landowner.  

South Dakota Game Fish and Parks encourages those interested in enrolling in CRP to contact a habitat advisor listed on or your local FSA office.  

Habitat Advisors

Labor Day Camping Reservations in State Parks Open Soon

PIERRE, S.D. – This weekend, the South Dakota State Parks are opening up camping reservations for Labor Day weekend.

Reservations for a Friday, Aug. 30, arrival open on June 1, at 7 a.m. CDT. Labor Day is one of the most popular camping weekends of the year, and spots fill up quickly.

To reserve your spot, visit Reservations open at 7 a.m. CDT, 90 days prior to arrival. Thereafter, reservations can be made 24 hours a day.

Camping fees are paid at the time a reservation is made, and a park entrance license is required in addition to camping fees. 

Custer State Park is currently accepting reservations for all campsites. Group lodges at South Dakota state parks statewide are also accepting reservations at this time.

For more detailed information on making reservations or to view the 90-day window calendar, visit

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Fort Sisseton Annual Historical Festival This Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. –On May 31-June 2, Fort Sisseton will host its 42nd annual historical festival. The Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) expects a large turnout, with previous years bringing in as many as 15,000 visitors. 

The three-day event allows visitors to relive history in a re-enactment of frontier life. Scenes of early settlement set the stage with muzzleloaders, riflemen and more participating in a rendezvous gathering. The rendezvous is complete with fur traders and both military and teepee encampment sites. Rendezvous traders and campers will compete in Tomahawk throws and black powder shoots.

The event features food and craft vendors throughout the weekend. The historical festival offers activities to showcase frontier life such as fiddle music, period oriented dance instruction classes, arts and craft shows and a costume ball.

The festival charges a $5 admission fee or $25 per night to camp onsite during the event.

For the full schedule and other information, visit:

For camping reservations: or 1.800.710.2267.

Fort Sisseton Historic State Park is located ten miles southwest of Lake City, S.D., off US Highway 10.

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