SD: State Parks Offer Weekend Events

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota state parks are offering a variety
of weekend events for visitors to enjoy July 22-23. The free
activities are a great way for people of all ages to enjoy the

Make plans to attend the following:

Boots and Paddles Trek, Custer State Park, July 22, 8 a.m. MDT.
Three miles of hiking will lead to Center Lake where participants
will canoe beautiful Center Lake before hiking the three miles
back. Feel free to opt out of the return hike by arranging your own
transportation. Wear hiking boots; bring water shoes, water to
drink and a snack. Info: 605-255-4515

Hunting for Geeks (aka Geocaching), Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
near Yankton, July 22, 7 p.m. CDT. Join an introductory class to
geocaching – the modern-day treasure hunt aided by GPS units. Info:

Sand Sculpture Showcase, Lake Poinsett Recreation Area near
Arlington, July 23, 10 a.m. CDT. Great for all ages! Build a sand
castle, animal or other creative sculpture by yourself or with a
team. Prizes for all! Info: 605-983-5085

Safety in and Around Water, Roy Lake State Park near Lake City,
July 23, 10 a.m. CDT Learn ways to have fun while being safe on the
boat or just playing at the shore. Info: 605-448-5701

Tree Walk and Leaf Print Bookmarks, Newton Hills State Parks, July
23, 11 p.m. CDT. Take a hike and learn about the trees in Newton
Hills State Park. After the walk, participants will make bookmarks
from leaves collected along the way! Info: 605-987-2263

Parade of Lights, Chief White Crane Recreation Area near Yankton,
July 23, 9 p.m. CDT. It’s Christmas in July! Pack an extra set of
lights and decorate your campsite or a neighboring Ponderosa Pine.
Naturalists will lead a walk through the park and everyone can
enjoy the holiday glow. Maybe we will even meet Santa. Info:

There is no cost to participate in any of the programs; however, a
park entrance license is required to enter the parks. The programs
are held in addition to regular activities hosted by individual
parks on summer weekends.

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes,
dress for the weather, bring bug spray and plenty of drinking

For more information on South Dakota state parks and a calendar
of upcoming events, visit or call 605-773-3391.


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