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GFP News - August 31, 2015

GFP Celebrates Labor Day Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. - Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the summer, and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) invite you to celebrate the transition to fall.

The mourning dove is America's most popular game bird, and Sept. 1 marks the statewide dove opener. Dove hunting is a great way to introduce young people to the world of hunting. Learn more about dove hunting at

Don't forget the BIG ONE - the South Dakota State Fair in Huron! The fair has been a memory maker for generations of South Dakotans and a great way to cap off a great outdoor, fun-filled summer. Come to the GFP booth on Saturday and sample fried Asian carp. GFP staff will be available to answer questions Sept. 3-7.

South Dakota state parks will host a variety of programs this Labor Day weekend. Soak in the last of summer while you take a hike, tag a monarch or ride your bike.

For more information on GFP, please visit or call 605.773.3391. To learn about park programs in your area, contact your local state park office.


State Parks Camping Reservations Available Year Round

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reminding campers that the end of the summer doesn’t mean the end of camping at South Dakota state parks.

"We take camping reservations for stays year-round," said state park director Doug Hofer. "In the past, camping was on a first-come, first-served basis after Labor Day."
Additionally, campsites and cabins at Custer State Park can be reserved up to one year in advance, and up to 90 days prior to arrival at all other campsites and cabins.

Group campsites located at Custer State Park and Lewis and Clark Recreation Area can also be booked one year in advance. Group lodges that can be reserved one year ahead of time include:

Camping reservations can be made online at or by calling 1.800.710.2267.


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