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GFP News - march 29, 2016

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 online at or by calling 1.800.710.2267.

"Fourth of July weekend is always a busy time in the parks, so campers will need to plan ahead and make reservations as soon as possible to get their favorite camping spots," said Doug Hofer, state parks director.

Saturday, April 2, is the first day to make reservations for a July 1 arrival, which is the Friday of the Fourth of July weekend. Reservations open 90 days in advance of the arrival date, so those arriving earlier can make reservations earlier.

Reservations open at 7 a.m. CT on the first day of the 90-day period, both online and through the call center, which are open 24 hours a day after opening. A non-refundable reservation fee of $7.70 is applied to each site; however, this fee is waived for South Dakota residents. An additional $2 fee is charged to anyone making reservations over the phone.

Campers can make reservations for arrivals up to one year in advance at Custer State Park and for all of the parks’ group lodges.

For more detailed information on making reservations or to view the 90-day window calendar, visit or contact the Division of Parks and Recreation office at 605.773.3391 or email


Archery Honors Up for Grabs at 2016 GFP NASP tournaments

PIERRE, S.D. -Young people from across South Dakota will show off their archery skills at the 7th annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournaments. To lessen travel time for students, tournaments will be held at four locations - Rapid City, Yankton, Murdo and Brookings.

Tournaments will be held:

The tournaments will include regular bulls-eye target archery at Rapid City and Yankton and 3D archery in Murdo and Brookings.

The events are sponsored by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and will include over 600 youth from across the state. Students will compete for individual and team honors in three age divisions. The top three individual and team winners will receive trophies and the overall individual winners from the bulls-eye target tournaments will receive a custom-made bow courtesy of GFP. Students who participate in NASP within their schools or home school program are eligible for the competition.

"It’s gratifying to see so many schools introduce the sport of archery into their curriculum," stated Patrick Klotzbach, NASP coordinator for GFP. "Studies have shown that students who participate in NASP like school better and attend school more often. NASP is a great partnership between GFP and local school districts."

There is no charge to attend the tournaments, and the public is welcome. Individuals who wish to volunteer with the tournament can email or call 605.220.2130.


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