PIERRE, S.D. – To kick off the summer season, the South Dakota
Department of Game, Fish and Parks encourages families to spend
time outside during the parks’ Open House Weekend and Free Fishing
Weekend May 20-22.
The annual three-day events allowing people to fish without
licenses anywhere in the state and visit state parks and recreation
areas without entrance fees. However, camping fees and fishing
regulations and limits still apply.
Parks will host a variety of Open House Weekend special events
across the state on Saturday, May 21, including:
Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around Hike, Lewis and Clark
Recreation Area near Yankton, 9:30 a.m.
Step Outside Program, Newton Hills State Park near Canton, 12 – 5
Introduction to Radio Control Airplane Flying, Farm Island
Recreation Area near Pierre, 1 – 4 p.m.
Fantastic Family Fishing, Palisades State Park near Garretson, 1
Kids Fishing Tournament, Indian Creek Recreation Area near
Mobridge, 3 – 5 p.m.
Hunting for Geeks a.k.a. Geocaching, Lewis and Clark Recreation
Area near Yankton, 7 p.m.
Stick Bread, Newton Hills State Park near Canton, 7 p.m.
Custer State Park will host a number of family activities both
Saturday and Sunday of the Open House Weekend, including cookouts,
nature hikes, free hayrack rides, a fishing derby, nature programs
and demonstrations. A full schedule of events can be found on the
Custer State Park website.
The weekend also marks the first weekend that campsites can be
reserved in South Dakota state parks this year, and officials say
many campsites are still available. Make reservations by calling
1-800-710-CAMP (2267) or online at www.campsd.com.
For information on fishing, fishing licenses and fishing
regulations, or the South Dakota state park system, visit
www.gfp.sd.gov or call 605-773-3391.