Bush’s Landing Access Road to Open Late Friday

May 15, 2020

The Bush’s Landing access road and boat ramp is planned to be open for use by the end of the working day Friday, May 15.  

Sully County, Sunset Resort, local volunteers and the Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) worked together to shape, replace culverts, and add gravel to the portion of road leading into Bush’s Landing Lakeside Use Area from Sunset Lodge. Hill slides in the area made the access road impassable.  

A contractor with an excavator is scheduled to clear silt from the boat ramp on Friday, making the area useable for the boating public.  

“It was an enormous amount of work to get the area useable this spring,” said Ryan Persoon, District Park Supervisor for GFP. “It was really a team effort and wouldn’t have been possible without the partnership and hard work of local volunteers, Sunset Resort, Sully County, and GFP. We’re very pleased to have the area open to users!”  

The opening comes just in time for GFP’s annual Free Fishing and Open House weekend at parks. This weekend, May 15-17, all users can take advantage of free park entrance and free fishing statewide. Fishing regulations and limits as well as camping fees still apply. 

“Open House and Free Fishing Weekend is a time-honored tradition in South Dakota,” said State Parks Director Scott Simpson. “It’s a great opportunity for folks to shake off the cobwebs, check out the parks, and participate in their favorite outdoor activity. Our parks are a great place to social distance, and we all deserve some quality time in the outdoors.” 

Camping reservations are still available for Open House Weekend in many parks. Make reservations online at or by calling 1.800.710.CAMP. 


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