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Palisades State Park

Expansion and Development

Expansion and Development Plan

Natural Resource Priority

Governor Noem and GFP have made expansion and selected development of Palisades State Park a top priority. In a joint private-public partnership, GFP along with South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation (SDPWF) have secured land purchase agreements that will provide for park expansion and additional recreational opportunities.

In Governor Noem's 2019 legislative budget request, $500,000 was requested for additional park land development. The SDPWF has agreed to raise $1,600,000 to match this and GFP's park expansion commitments. Donations are accepted through the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation; select Palisades State Park Development as the project.

Development Possibilities

  • Approximately 70 new campsites
  • 4 miles of new hiking and biking trail
  • Picnic and day use areas
  • Additional access along Split Rock Creek
  • Water trail features such as canoe/kayak launches
  • Archery range
  • Dog training area for exercising pets off-leash
  • Disc golf course
  • Snowshoe and cross-country ski trail
  • Improved habitat and wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Educational and interpretive facilities

Getting Started

$500,000 in general funds served as a critical challenge grant to generate public/private partnerships and donations to facilitate the development of key infastructure and access to facilities.

Construction starts in 2021 with the mainline road and campground being constructed. The expansion is a 5-year phased approach with final completion anticipated in 2026. The campground is expected to allow camping by Spring of 2024. Landscape and habitat conversions will also take place. Infastructure and utility needs will be implemented. Trail and other amenities will also be priorities.

Public comments regarding planned developments can be submitted through the online public comment form.


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