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GFP News - september 23, 2015

Custer State Park to Auction Cabins

CUSTER, S.D. - Custer State Park is currently auctioning off 12 cabins on an online auction website in order to make room for new, updated cabins. The auction runs until Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. MDT.

The auction can be found online at, under the "building-general" tabs.

The cabins are one-room units with a bathroom and can sleep up to four people.

Successful bidders will be responsible for the removal of the cabin and any deck or stairs with the cabin. Bidders will also be responsible for the cleanup of any garbage that is created with the removal of the cabin(s).

The cabins must be removed between Sept. 29 at noon and Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. MDT. If the cabins are not removed by this time they will remain the property of the State.

For more information, contact Jayme Severyn or Matt Snyder at 605.255.4515.


Several Missouri River Parks to Remain Open Longer this Fall

PIERRE, S.D. – A recent agreement between several government agencies will keep three Missouri River state parks open longer this fall.

Visitors to Chief White Crane Recreation Area near Yankton, Randall Creek Recreation Area near Pickstown and Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre will have several more weeks to enjoy the parks than in previous years.

Portions of the three parks, known roosting sites for bald eagles, would previously close as early as Oct. 1 to limit human impact in roosting areas. An updated agreement between South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, narrowed the closure period to Nov. 15 through the last Friday in March, based on a re-evaluation of park use.

Southeast Region Park Supervisor Jeff VanMeeteren expects many park visitors to take advantage of the additional use period.

“There’s a growing trend in fall season use, from camping to outdoor recreation,” he said. “These parks are very popular and I think folks will be thrilled to have some extra time to spend in them this fall.”

VanMeeteren reminds visitors to the parks to be respectful of the eagles in the area and obey all signage limiting use and access. During the closure period, no camping or vehicle traffic is allowed in the affected areas.

Camping reservations for the parks are accepted as much as 90 days before arrival at or by calling 1-800-710-2267.