Forms & Permits

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Military Park Entrance Licenses

Disabled Veteran and Prisoner of War Lifetime State Park Entrance License

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
Division of Parks and Recreation
523 E Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501

Eligibility

You must be a resident of South Dakota. Along with this completed application form, you must submit a copy of the “K” award or letter from the Veteran’s Administration indicating you receive a veteran’s allotment for 100% total disability which is deemed a service connected injury or that you were held as a prisoner of war, which will meet eligibility as established in state law SDCL 41-17-13.4.

If you do not have these papers in your possession you may contact the Veteran’s Administration office in Sioux Falls and have them sent to you or you may request in writing that the Veteran’s Administration mail a copy of these papers to the Department Of Game, Fish and Parks. 

Benefits

Approved applicants will receive a billfold card lifetime park entrance license. The license should be presented at entrance to a state park area to gain access for the entire vehicle. License holder must be present and may be asked to provide proof of identity.

The license also grants the license holder a 50% discount on any camping fee or associated electrical service fee for their site or camping cabin. The discount does not apply to state park lodges. Reservations when using this discount must be made through the call center at 1.800.710.2267. Campers calling to use the discount are exempt from the $2 call center fee.

Application Process

  • Scan or take photos of your proof of eligibility; you will be asked to upload these documents as part of the application process.
  • You will be contacted within two weeks with your application status.
  • If approved, your approval letter will serve as your license until your personalized billfold card can be made and sent to you.
  • Questions on the form, eligibility, or status can be directed to 605.773.3391.
  • To apply via mail, use the printable application and include all eligibility documents.

Military Group Special Events

Park entrance licenses are not required for past and present military personnel or their family and guests if participating in an approved military group event held in the state parks. This includes South Dakota military veterans, members of the South Dakota National Guard and military reserve units, patients of veterans’ hospitals in South Dakota and family members and guests attending the event. To host a military event in a state park, complete the Special Event Application