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GFP News - November 13, 2017


custer state park to hold annual bison auction

Pierre, S.D. -  The 2017 Custer State Park Fall Classic Bison Auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the park’s visitor center where approximately 272 head will be available for sale.

This year’s offerings include 26 mature bred cows, 41 mature open cows, four two-year-old bred heifers, 14 open two-year-old heifers, nine yearling heifers, 10 heifer calves, 90 bull calves, 48 yearling bulls, three two-year-old grade bulls, 17 two-year-old breeding bulls and 10 three- to five-year-old mature bulls. Burros for sale include four mature jennys, four 10-month-old jacks and four 10-month-old jennys.

The video and online auction will begin at 10 a.m. MST at the Custer State Park visitor center, located 15 miles east of Custer on Highway 16A, near the junction of the Wildlife Loop Road and Highway 16A.

"This is the second year that we will be doing a video auction for the annual sale," said Chad Kremer, buffalo herd manager. "It speeds up the auction and reduces stress on the animals, as we can just sort and load them instead of running them through the ring."

The internet auction, going on its sixth year, has helped reach buyers that wouldn’t have been reached in the past.

For the past 52 years, the park has made its surplus bison available for sale to the private sector. A significant amount of park revenue comes from the bison sale and goes toward continued operations of the state park system.

For additional information about the upcoming bison auction, contact Custer State Park at 605.255.4515 or email questions to


business opportunity at roy lake resort

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 now begin submitting their proposals.

"Roy Lake Resort is a popular glacial lakes destination for families and outdoor enthusiasts" said Katie Ceroll, state park director. "Roy Lake area provides excellent year round outdoor recreation opportunities from camping, fishing and boating in the summer to ice fishing, waterfowl hunting and snowmobiling in the winter."

The prospectus for the operation of Roy Lake Resort is now available online and through GFP. 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.

Proposals must be received by Jan. 26, 2018.

Roy Lake State Park is located approximately 10 miles southeast of Lake City or roughly 25 miles north of Webster of Highway 10. The glacial lakes area offers many recreational opportunities both land and water based.

A copy of the prospectus is available by contacting GFP, 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 download from the GFP website.


GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.

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