GFP News - June 19, 2013

  • New Campground Opens at Fisher Grove State Park
  • S.D. State Parks Offer Weekend Programs

New Campground Opens at Fisher Grove State Park

REDFIELD, S.D. -- A new campground recently opened at Fisher Grove State Park near Redfield. The campground was moved to the east side of the James River after repeated flooding made the bridge unsafe for vehicles.

The new campground includes 22 electrical campsites, a new comfort station and a dump station. It is located near the existing playground, picnic area and golf course.

"This new campground will provide a wonderful camping experience for the Redfield area," said district park manager, Becky Graff. "With the constant flooding the last few years, local campers have had to travel out of the area to enjoy state park campsites. Now the Fisher Grove campground is back for the remainder of the summer."

The park is still completing some final touches, but work is expected to be done by July 4.

Camping reservations can be made within 90 days of arrival online at www.campsd.com or by calling 1.800.710.2267.

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S.D. State Parks Offer Weekend Programs

PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota state parks will be holding several special events the last weekend in June. These activities are a great way to spend time outdoors with your family.
Make plans to attend the following events:

  • Family Fun Days, Pickerel Lake Recreation Area near Waubay. Thursday, June 27 through Sunday, June 30. Enjoy a fun-filled weekend with games, contests, skits, food and fun for the whole family. Activities are held at the west campground. Info: 605-486-4753
  • South Dakota Survival Weekend, Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon. Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30. Learn how to survive without the comforts of home. Join us for a weekend of programs, including fire making, edible plants, shelter building, knot tying and more! Info: 605-582-7243
  • Becoming an Outdoor Family, Roy Lake State Park near Lake City. Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30. Becoming an Outdoor Family is a weekend full of fun, camping and outdoor activities. For just $50 per family, participants get an electrical campsite for two nights, their choice of several outdoor skill classes, program materials and use of equipment. Participants are responsible for providing their own campers or tents, and camping will be on designated sites. Pre-registration is required. Info: 605-773-7048.
  • Outrageous Outdoors, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve near North Sioux City. Friday, June 28, 10 a.m. CDT. Come and enjoy two hours of nature games and activities in the great outdoors. Children ages 6 to 10 years old welcome. Pre-register/Info: 605-232-0873.
  • Roots, shoots, seeds and fruits hike, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton. Saturday, June 29, 9 a.m. CDT. Walk and talk with us and learn about the variety of plants found along our beautiful trail. Hikers 12 years and older welcome. Info: 605-668-2985
  • Nature Hike, Good Earth State Park at Blood Run near Sioux Falls. Saturday, June 29, 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. CDT. Join the park naturalist on a Nature Hike through the new Good Earth State Park which is within the Blood Run National Historic Landmark. The area is significant for its history as a settlement for thousands of American Indians. This nature walk will be an intro and exploration of the new Good Earth State Park at Blood Run – the 13th S.D. State Park and first in 40 years. Info: 605-987-2263 or newtonhills@state.sd.us. Pre-registration: 605-362-2777 or www.outdoorcampus.org.
  • Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration, Lake Poinsett Recreation Area near Arlington. Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m. CDT.Join us for a demonstration on how to cook in a Dutch oven. Info: 605-983-5085
  • Extreme Amazing Race, Newton Hills State Park near Canton. Saturday, June 29, 2 p.m. CDT. Have you ever seen the TV show The Amazing Race? Newton Hills now has their own! The Extreme Amazing Race will be a foot race, and it will be more intense than our traditional Family Fun Amazing Race. The race will be about 3.5 miles long with many challenges along the way. Info: 605-987-2263

The programs are open to all ages. There is no charge to participate in the events; however, a park entrance license is required to enter the parks.

For more information on activities in the S.D. state parks, visit www.gfp.sd.gov, contact the individual park office or call 605-773-3391.

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