GFP News: Fort Sisseton Festival | Lake Lakota Closed to Swimmers | Roy Lake Opportunity Extended

June 4, 2019

  • Traditions Hold Strong at 42nd Annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival
  • Lake Lakota Closed to Swimming until Further Notice
  • Game, Fish and Parks Extending Prospectus Deadline for the Solicitation of a Roy Lake Resort Concession Operator

Traditions Hold Strong at 42nd Annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival

PIERRE, S.D. – The 42nd annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival presented visitors with a weekend full of activities, vendors, food and memories. Holding to tradition, the public came out to experience the variety the event offers.

Just over 9,000 visitors took in the three-day event. Uncharacteristically warm, sunny weather was a welcomed break from some of the traditional weather patterns of the last 42 years, according to Fort Sisseton manager Ali Tonsfeldt.

“Folks have seen everything from cold, rain and even snow a couple of years,” said Tonsfeldt. “It was a true blessing to have three days of extraordinarily nice weather for our annual event. We never know what the weather will bring to us, so we have a lot of backup plans.”

Several guests took advantage of the beautiful weather to enjoy some of the new activities that happened this year. Some of the activities included a melodrama, a beginner’s muzzleloaders class, 100th anniversary scavenger hunt, the Smithsonian exhibit, a movie under the big tent, and the arts and craft booths.

The days also included some of the traditional events such as military and rendezvous encampments, pie-baking contests, stage performances, muzzleloader shooting competitions and musical performances.

Lake Lakota Closed to Swimming until Further Notice

PIERRE, S.D. - The swimming beach at Lake Lakota at Newton Hills State Park near Canton is currently closed following tests that showed unhealthy levels of bacteria in the water.

According to district park supervisor Jason Baumann, beach closures often occur after heavy rainfall, but they don't usually last long.

"Following heavy rains, we see an increase in the amount of runoff into our lakes and streams. That runoff picks up contaminants along the way and deposits them into the water," Baumann said. "Higher levels of contaminants are seen initially, but it usually dissipates quickly thanks to the natural filtration provided by the lake."

Baumann adds that the lake is still safe for fishing; and that the concern is ingesting or submerging in the water.

Testing will continue, and the beach will reopen when the water again reaches appropriate levels.

For more information, please contact Jason Bauman at 605.987.2263.

Game, Fish and Parks Extending Prospectus Deadline for the Solicitation of a Roy Lake Resort Concession Operator

PIERRE, S.D. – According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), entrepreneurs interested in operating Roy Lake Resort located within Roy Lake State Park in northeastern South Dakota can submit their proposals until July 10, 2019.

The prospectus for the operation of Roy Lake Resort is available online and through the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. The prospectus details the terms and conditions under which interested operators may submit a proposal for consideration. It also includes a detailed business opportunity, the requirements necessary to submit a proposal, and a draft concession agreement for a term of ten years. Required services include cabin and lodge room rental, retail goods, courtesy docks, and boat fuel.

A copy of the prospectus is available by contacting the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, Division of Parks and Recreation at 523 East Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501 or at 605.773.3391. Printable versions of the prospectus are also available for free download from the Game, Fish and Parks website at:

Roy Lake State Park is located 10 miles southeast of Lake City or 25 miles north of Webster of Highway 10. 

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