GFP News - July 8, 2013
State Parks Busy During July 4 Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. -- As with most summer holidays, the Fourth of July was a busy one in South Dakota State Parks.
Park managers across the state reported full campgrounds and busy day-use areas over the weekend. Parks saw a high number of boaters, swimmers, picnickers and good attendance at park events.
"For the most part, campgrounds were full from Wednesday through Sunday," said state park director Doug Hofer. "The warm weather kept the boat ramps and beaches full."
Fisher Grove State Park near Redfield had its first holiday weekend since the new 22-site campground opened. "We were happy to see the campground at capacity over the weekend," said regional park supervisor Becky Graff. "It's nice to have facilities available in that area again."
Custer State Park received over two inches of rain, but the weather didn't interfere with camping. "Our campgrounds and resorts were full despite the weather," said park superintendent Matt Snyder.
Programs and activities continue in the parks all summer long. Visit the events calendar at www.gfp.sd.gov or call your local park for more information on upcoming events.
To make reservations at South Dakota state parks and recreation areas, visit www.campsd.com or call 1-800-710-CAMP (2267).