GFP News - June 5, 2014
- Make Plans to Attend Father's Day Weekend Events in South Dakota Parks
- Pierre Mountain Bike Race Rescheduled for Oahe Days
Make Plans to Attend Father's Day Weekend Events in South Dakota Parks
PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota state parks will hold several special events over Fatherâ€™s Day weekend. The activities are a great way to spend a summer day with your family.
- Spook Yourself Silly Hike, June 13, 10 p.m. CDT, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton. Info: 605-668-2985
- Nature Hike, June 14, 9 a.m. CDT, Good Earth State Park at Blood Run near Sioux Falls. Info: 605-987-2263 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration, June 14, 10 a.m. CDT, Oakwood Lakes State Park near Bruce. Info: 605-627-5441
- 125th Anniversary Riddle Hunt, June 14, 10 a.m. â€“ 4 p.m. CDT, Newton Hills State Park near Canton. Info: 605-987-2663
- Archery for Beginners, June 14, 10 a.m. CDT, North Point Recreation Area near Pickstown. Info: 605-487-7046
- Techno Treasure Hunt Walk in the Park, June 14, 2 p.m. CDT, Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre. Info: 605-223-7722
- Father's Day Bluebird Box Workshop, June 14, 6 p.m. MDT at Angostura Recreation Area near Hot Springs. Info: 605-745-6996
- Luce Cabin Pioneer Day, June 14, 10 a.m. â€“ 3 p.m. CDT, Lake Herman State Park near Madison. Info: 605-256-5003
- Parrot Program, June 14, 11 a.m. CDT, Newton Hills State Park near Canton. Info: 605-987-2263
- Lewis and Clark Homestead Day, June 14, 1-4 p.m. CDT at Pierson Ranch Recreation Area near Yankton. Info: 605-668-2985
- Father's Day Treats for Dad, June 14, 4 p.m. CDT, Lake Poinsett Recreation Area near Arlington. Info: 605-983-5085
- Lantern Tour, June 14, 9 p.m. CDT at Fort Sisseton Historic State Park near Lake City. Info: 605-448-5474
- Fruits and Veggies and Nuts - Oh My!, June 14, 2 p.m. CDT, Palisades State Park near Garretson. Info: 605-594-3824
Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. There is no cost to participate in the events; however, park entrance licenses are required.
For more information on activities in the SD state parks, visit www.gfp.sd.gov, contact the individual park office or call 605-773-3391.
Pierre Mountain Bike Race Rescheduled for Oahe Days
PIERRE, S.D. -- The LaFramboise Island Mountain Bike Race has been rescheduled for June 21, coinciding with the Oahe Days celebration in Pierre. The date was moved from May 31 due to wet conditions.
"It should be a fun race for riders of all ages and abilities," said race coordinator John Simpson. "It's a great opportunity for local riders to experience LaFramboise Island, a natural wonderland located right within city limits."
The approximate six-mile per lap race will follow a course on mostly flat terrain through a combination of twisting, tree-lined single-track trail and wider double-track trails.
According to Simpson, there will be four classes of riders: beginner, recreation/sport, advanced and expert. Each class will have a division for men and women and complete a different number of laps on a well-marked course.
Helmets are mandatory and prizes will be awarded. The entry fee is $20. There will be cash awards for the top three expert and advanced riders. Every entrant receives a t-shirt and every beginner receives a medal.
Registration is from 9-10:30 a.m. at the LaFramboise Island Nature Area shelter. A racer's meeting is scheduled at 10:45 a.m. with the race to follow at 11 a.m.
Simpson urges participants to arrive early, as other Oahe Days events are taking place and may impact parking.
LaFramboise Island is located on the southwest edge of Pierre, at the end of the causeway separating the island from the city. The island is a natural, Missouri River island with mature stands of cottonwood, cedar and Russian olive trees and a variety of wildlife. Owned and managed by the South Dakota State Parks, it is located on the Lewis and Clark Trail and was visited by explorers Lewis and Clark. The island offers approximately nine miles of trail, much of which will serve as the course for the race.
For more information contact John Simpson at 605-224-7054, 605-222-0338 or at email@example.com.