SM Link

GFP News - November 6, 2015


GFP Commission Finalizes Increases for State Parks and Boating Fees

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized several fee adjustments to help with the continued success of operating and maintaining the South Dakota state park system.

These fee increases will need to be approved by the Legislative Rules Review committee before they are effective in late 2015.
The nonresident telephone campsite reservation fee will increase from $7.70 to $9.70. The resident telephone campsite reservation fee will increase from no cost to $2. The fee will help offset the higher cost of reservations made through the call center. Campers who choose to make reservations online, rather than by telephone, will pay no additional fee.


Last year 17,003 daily trail passes were sold for the George S. Mickelson Trail. The proposed $1 fee increase from $3 to $4 will help support costs of operating and maintaining this 114-mile trail system; this will also make the daily fee consistent with the existing daily fee for other South Dakota state parks and recreation areas.


The seven day vehicle pass for Custer State Park will increase from $15 to $20.

The Custer State Park week long pass is comparable to similar fees charged today at Rocky Mountain National Park ($20), Theodore Roosevelt National Park ($20), Yellowstone National Park ($30) and Grand Teton National Park ($30). Custer State Park is an iconic destination park and hosts many of the same out of state guests that frequent these National Parks. The last fee increase for the seven day pass was six years ago.


Boat license fees help to maintain quality boating access to lakes, reservoirs and rivers across the state. Motorboats less than 19 feet long will see an annual license fee increase from $20 to $25; motorboats 19 feet or greater in length will see a license fee increase from $40 to 45; and non-motorized boats over 12 feet in length will see a license fee increase from $12.50 to $15. The boat license fee increase is utilized to help offset the cost of providing boat ramps, associated facilities and vehicular access to areas serving boaters.

-GFP-

GFP Commission Finalizes Spring Light Goose, Spring Turkey and Custer State Park Turkey Seasons

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized the spring light goose conservation order at their November meeting. The dates for the conservation order will be set for the next three years.
         Feb. 15 - May 4, 2016
         Feb. 13 - May 2, 2017 
         Feb. 19 - May 8, 2018

The change to the start date of the spring light goose conservation order will assure the conservation order begins the day after the regular dark goose season closes.

The spring light goose conservation order is a statewide season with no daily or possession limits.

The Commission also finalized the 2016 spring turkey hunting seasons. The spring turkey hunting season dates are:
         Archery: April 2 - May 22, 2016
         Black Hills and prairie units:  April 9 - May 22, 2016           
         Split-season early prairie units: April 9 - April 30, 2016    
         Split-season late prairie units; Black Hills late season: May 1 - May 22, 2016
         Access permits are valid: April 2 - 30, 2016
         Custer State Park: April 9 - May 22, 2015   

              
For the spring turkey hunting season, hunters will have unlimited resident and nonresident one-tag male turkey licenses for the Black Hills and archery units, 5,654 resident and 218 nonresident one-tag male turkey licenses and 1,350 resident and 108 nonresident two-tag male turkey licenses for prairie units. These numbers are a reduction of 275 licenses compared to 2015. Additionally, the Commission created a new turkey hunting unit (16A) for Campbell and Walworth counties.


Five archery turkey hunting access permits are available in Good Earth State Park and 10 access permits are available for Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve.


The Custer State Park spring turkey hunting season will have 100 resident only one-tag male turkey licenses; which is a decrease of 35 from 2015.

-GFP-

Oahe Marina Concessionaire Proposals Now Being Accepted

PIERRE, S.D. - Proposals are now being taken for a concessionaire at the Oahe Marina, located near the Oahe Dam tailrace.  A prospectus for the business, located inside of the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area is now available online and through the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. 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. Proposals must be received by 3 p.m. Jan. 13, 2016


The 933 acre Oahe Downstream Recreation Area offers a multi-lane boat ramp, three campgrounds with 205 campsites, a swimming beach, seven camping cabins, a disc golf course and many other amenities such as a fish cleaning station, bath/shower house, picnic shelters and playgrounds. The marina has four housekeeping cabins, boat rental, slip rental, gas sales, and a full service restaurant and bar.  A copy of the prospectus is available by contacting the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, Division of Parks and Recreation at 523 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501 or at 605-773-3391. Printable versions of the prospectus are also available for free download from the Game, Fish and Parks website at http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/oahe-downstream/.

Oahe Downstream Recreation Area is located five miles north of Fort Pierre off Highway 1806.

-GFP-

Concessionaire Proposals for Roy Lake Resort Now Being Accepted

PIERRE, S.D. - Entrepreneurs interested in operating a resort on picturesque Roy Lake can now submit their proposals.

A prospectus for the operation of Roy Lake Resort, located inside Roy Lake State Park near Lake City, is now available online and through the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. 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. Proposals must be received by 3 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2016.


"Roy Lake State Park is an unbelievable place to fish, hunt and recreate," said Sean Blanchette, concessions manager for Game, Fish and Parks.  "It’s close to many beautiful glacial lakes and is a great family friendly vacation destination."

The 509-acre Roy Lake State Park consists of a multi-lane boat ramp, two campgrounds with 100 campsites, a swimming beach, three sleeper cabins, a disc golf course and many other amenities such as bath/shower house, picnic shelters, hiking trails and playgrounds. The resort has eight housekeeping cabins, six condo units, boat rental and dining area.

A copy of the prospectus is available by contacting the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, Division of Parks and Recreation at 523 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501 or at 605-773-3391. Printable versions of the prospectus are also available for free download from the Game, Fish and Parks website at http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/roy-lake.

Roy Lake State Park is located 3 miles southwest of Lake City off SD Highway 10.

 

-GFP-

 

Other News and Information

One-Year Archives