SD: Campers Take Advantage of Long Memorial Day Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. – Camping was strong in South Dakota state parks
over the three-day Memorial Day weekend. Campgrounds were full or
nearly full across much of the state.

Lake Thompson Recreation Area, which had been closed due to
flooding, reopened on the Wednesday before the holiday weekend and
was full. Campsites at Lake Poinsett that were flooded this spring
were also full of campers.

Custer State Park and Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, the
state’s two largest campgrounds, had near-full campgrounds. Newly
constructed campsites at Lewis and Clark and Hartford Beach State
Park near Milbank were full during the holiday weekend.

Flood preparation affected camping in the Pierre area. Farm
Island Recreation Area was closed because of high water, and many
Pierre residents cancelled camping reservations so they could
sandbag homes.

Fisher Grove State Park east of Redfield was also closed over
the holiday weekend due to James River flooding last month. Park
cleanup and repair is under way, and the campground should reopen
by mid-June.


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