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GFP News - June 19, 2014

State Parks in Southeast South Dakota Experiencing Closures

PIERRE, S.D. -- Flooding in southeast South Dakota has forced the temporary closure of several state parks.

Approximately half of the campsites at Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon are closed until flood waters recede. The Valley of the Giants hiking trail and disc golf course are also closed at this time. Big Sioux will be updating their Facebook page as conditions improve.

The Visitor Center at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve in North Sioux City will be closed until at least Monday, June 23, depending on conditions. Visitors are asked to call 605-232-0873 or check the Adams Facebook page before heading to the park.

Lake Alvin Recreation Area east of Harrisburg and Beaver Creek Nature Area southeast of Brandon are closed due to damage from high flood waters earlier in the week.

For more information, please call South Dakota State Parks at 605-773-3391.


Boating Limited Below Fort Randall and Gavin’s Point Dams

PIERRE, S.D. -- Flood control efforts have resulted in limited releases of water from the Fort Randall Dam near Pickstown and Gavin’s Point Dam near Yankton and will temporarily affect boating in those areas, said Game, Fish and Parks officials.

"The decrease in the water flow has dropped the river elevations immediately below the dams," said State Park Director Doug Hofer. "Boating in these areas will be difficult until normal releases are resumed."

In the meantime, boaters are asked to be cautious of underwater hazards.

Boating access is still available on Lake Francis Case and Lewis & Clark Lake.

For more information, contact Lewis and Clark Recreation Area at 605-668-2985 or North Point Recreation Area on Lake Francis Case at 605-487-7046.


S.D. State Parks Offer Weekend Programs

PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota state parks will be holding several special events the last weekend in June. These activities are a great way to spend time outdoors with your family.

Make plans to attend the following events:

The programs are open to all ages. There is no charge to participate in the events; however, a park entrance license is required to enter the parks.

For more information on activities in the S.D. state parks, visit, contact the individual park office or call 605-773-3391.


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