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GFP News: No Wake on Swan Lake | Good Earth Concert Series | Fish Transportation Reminders

May 30, 2019

  • No Wake Zone Declared for Turner County's Swan Lake
  • Good Earth State Park to Host Summer Concert Series
  • GFP Reminds Anglers How to Legally Transport Fish

No Wake Zone Declared for Turner County’s Swan Lake

PIERRE, S.D. – High water has caused South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Secretary Kelly Hepler to declare a temporary "no wake zone" on Swan Lake in Turner County.

In an executive order from earlier this year, Governor Kristi Noem named Hepler a "temporary designee," giving him the ability to create such restrictions.

The no wake zone will be within 300 feet of the shoreline and will restrict boats to no greater than 5 miles per hour.

The no wake zone will be in place until high water conditions subside.

2019 Flood Closures

Good Earth State Park to Host Summer Concert Series

PIERRE, S.D. – Good Earth State Park near Sioux Falls is hosting a weekly concert series on Fridays throughout June and July. The events each feature a local musical artist and a local food vendor.

The series starts June 7 and runs through July 26 with the following schedule:

  • June 7: Music by Amy Ellsworth, food by Berkes BBQ
  • June 14: Music by Carl Limo and Moxton Road, food by Ollie’s Food Truck
  • June 21: Music by Mogen’s Heroes, food by Papa Woody’s Wood Pizza
  • June 28: Music by Marty DeWitt, food by Kabob King Truck
  • July 5: Music by Jim Groth, food by SDSU Ice Cream
  • July 12: Music by Janice Gilbert, food by Breaking Burrito
  • July 19: Music by Eclectic Americana, food by The Big Orange Truck
  • July 26: Music by CommonGround, food by The Big Orange Truck

Food trucks begin serving at 6:30 p.m. CDT, and music begins at 7 p.m. each week.

The concerts are free to attend; however, a park entrance license is required for vehicles entering the park. 

There is limited permanent seating, so visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Bug spray is also encouraged. 

Good Earth State Park is located at 26924 480th Avenue in southeast Sioux Falls.

Events calendar

GFP Reminds Anglers How to Legally Transport Fish

PIERRE, S.D. - As fishing heats up across the state, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is reminding anglers how to legally transport filleted fish.

To legally transport fish, you must:

  1. Not transport fish fillets unless those fillets can be readily counted.
  2. Package frozen fish individually for transportation or when placed in public storage.
  3. Tag and identify any fish placed in public storage.
  4. Remember that individual pieces of fish constitute one fillet; two fillets are the equivalent of one fish.

For more information, visit gfp.sd.gov.

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