GFP News - March 26, 2013
- Trout to Be Stocked Near Pierre
- July 4th Weekend Camping Reservations Open Soon
Trout Will be Stocked Near Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. -- Rainbow trout will be stocked in two areas near Pierre starting the first week of April.
Game, Fish and Parks Department fisheries biologist Robert Hanten of Fort Pierre said the department will stock catchable-sized rainbow trout at Oahe Marina and Downs Marina.
"Weather permitting, trout will be released in Oahe Marina below Oahe Dam and in Downs Marina on April 5 with additional stockings planned throughout the month," Hanten said.
Trout released in Downs Marina migrate out of the marina and spend several weeks in and around the LaFramboise Island causeway fishing piers.
"We are hoping that having trout available to shore anglers at LaFramboise causeway, in addition to Oahe Marina, will make trout fishing in the Pierre area more accessible to anglers." Hanten said "Trout range in size from 9 to 11 inches and can provide many hours of fishing enjoyment, so get out and enjoy it with your family or friends."
Interested anglers can locate LaFramboise causeway by following Poplar Avenue south toward the Missouri River. Oahe Marina is located just below Oahe Dam, off Highway 1806 north of Fort Pierre.
July Fourth Camping Reservations in State Parks Open Soon
PIERRE, S.D. -- Camping reservations open soon for Fourth of July weekend at South Dakota state parks. Reservations can be made by calling 800-710-2267 or by going online to www.campsd.com
"Fourth of July weekend is always a busy time in the parks," said Doug Hofer, state parks director. "Campsites are reserved well in advance, so campers will need to plan ahead and make reservations as soon as possible to get their favorite camping spots."
Reservations for campsites and camping cabins in South Dakota state parks can be made within 90 days of arrival.
To arrive on: Make reservation on:
Wednesday, July 3 Thursday, April 4
Thursday, July 4 Friday, April 5
Friday, July 5 Saturday, April 6
Saturday, July 6 Sunday, April 7
Reservations for group lodges statewide and all campsites at Custer State Park are currently being accepted.
The reservations open at 7 a.m. CDT on the first day of the 90-day window, both online and through the call center. Reservations can be made 24 hours a day.
There is a $7.70 per site non-refundable reservation fee (not applicable to South Dakota residents). Camping fees must be paid when reservations are made. Daily or annual park entrance licenses are required for all vehicles entering the parks. Entrance fees are in addition to camping fees.
For more detailed information on making reservations or to view the 90-day window calendar, visit www.gfp.sd.gov or contact the Division of Parks and Recreation office at 605-773-3391 or email email@example.com.