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GFP News - May 29, 2014

Trolley Rides Allow Those With Physical Limitations to Experience the Mickelson Trail

DEADWOOD, S.D. – Black Hills visitors with physical limitations have an opportunity to view the Mickelson Trail on Tuesday, June 3.

The trolley leaves the Deadwood Trailhead at 1 p.m. MDT and tours the Mickelson Trail from Englewood to Rochford. To reserve a spot on the tour, call 605-578-1401.

Riders will learn about the history of the former railroad line and the inception of the trail. The rides are about four hours long.

"Trolley rides are an excellent way for people with physical limitations to get out and experience the Mickelson Trail," said Dana Garry-Reiprich, trail manager. "Everyone has a wonderful time and learns a little about the trail."

Reservations are required. Each person reserving a space on the trolley will be required to have a handicapped parking permit. One assistant is allowed to accompany the person, if needed. The trolley has space available for up to two people who use wheelchairs.

The trolley rides are a combined effort of the Hill City and Deadwood Chambers of Commerce, Neighborhood Housing, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department, and the City of Deadwood.

For more information, contact the Mickelson Trail office at 605-584-3896.


2014 Fort Sisseton Festival - A hundred and fifty years of history

FORT SISSETON, S.D. – Two thousand fourteen marks 150 years since the establishment of Fort Sisseton. Help celebrate this milestone at the annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival June 6-8.

The 2014 Fort Sisseton Festival will include a sesquicentennial exhibit, horse drawn farming and brick making. The Fiddler’s of South Dakota will be under the Coteau Tent Saturday afternoon and early that evening the “grand march” promenade will usher participants into Saturday night’s costume ball.

"Rendezvous trader booths will span the western edge of the festival grounds, and fur traders will be open for business and bartering all weekend," said Fort Sisseton manager Katie Ceroll. "The Arts and Craft booths will feature everything from photography to pottery to fishing lures."

A muzzleloader competition begins Friday afternoon with the black-powder shooting competition. The competition also includes a special tomahawk and knife throw, and continues until Sunday afternoon. Competition is open to the public, but competitors have to wear a rendezvous era shirt and hat.

Cowboyography teaches whip cracking and Dutch oven cooking. A reveille ceremony, ranch rodeo, pie baking contest and chuck wagon cook-off are also scheduled.

For a full schedule of events and times, visit the South Dakota state parks website or contact Fort Sisseton at 605-448-5474.

The Fort, a military post until 1889, became the state’s only historic state park in 1959. Today, Fort Sisseton State Park is one of the most well preserved frontier forts in the Midwest.

In the North Barracks, festival guests will have the opportunity to see the last flag to fly over the post in 1889. Volunteers, led by Conservator Terri Schindel, will be conserving the post flag, nearly 10 by 17 feet, throughout the month of June. Eventually the flag will be ready for permanent display in an upgraded museum gallery.

Daily admission to the festival is $5 per person, age 12 and older.

Starting on Wednesday, June 4, festival camping is available for $25 per night which includes the daily admission for persons in the camping unit. A park entrance license is not required for the festival weekend.

Fort Sisseton Historic State Park is located 10 miles southwest of Lake City off SD Highway 10.


Upcoming SD State Park Programs Provide Family Recreation and Education

PIERRE, S.D. – Educational and recreational programming in South Dakota’s state parks is increasing as the summer season begins.

On June 7, state parks will host several events, including fishing derbies and nature hikes in honor of National Trails Day.

There is no cost to participate in any of the programs except the Fort Sisseton Festival. A park entrance license is required. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather and use sunscreen and insect repellant.

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


Gov. Daugaard Proclaims June As Great Outdoors Month

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has joined with states nationwide to proclaim June as Great Outdoors Month.

In the proclamation Gov. Daugaard states that South Dakota is blessed with outstanding opportunities for safe and healthy fun in the Great Outdoors enjoying our natural splendors in the company of family and friends.

Many opportunities for outdoor activities are provided by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks in their efforts to expand and enhance state parks, protect our wildlife heritage and introduce youngsters to the wonders of the outdoors.

Several notable outdoor recreation opportunities will take place in June, including the following events:

In addition, across the state a number of outdoor programs will be held in state parks throughout June, including bird walks, outdoor cooking demonstrations, hikes, fishing derbies and nature programs. For a list of upcoming events, visit


State Parks Offers Summer Nature Camps for Kids

PIERRE, S.D. – Several state parks are hosting nature day camps for kids ages 7-12 this summer. The camps are a great way for kids to explore the surrounding recreation area and focus on the outdoors.
Sign your kids up for one of the following June camps:

June 5
Nature’s Yuck!,
Palisades State Park near Garretson, 9 – 11 a.m. CDT. Info: 605-594-3824

June 11
Kids’ Fishing Day
, Angostura Recreation Area near Hot Springs, 9:30 a.m. – noon MDT. Info: 605-745-6996

June 12
Nature’s Yuck!, Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon, 9-11 a.m. CDT. Info: 605-582-7243

June 17
Nature Day Camp, Lake Wagner City Park in Wagner, 6:30 p.m. CDT. Info: North Point Recreation Area, 605-487-7046

June 18
Kids’ Fishing Day, Rocky Point Recreation Area near Belle Fourche, 9:30 a.m. – noon MDT. Info: 605-641-0023

June 25
Kids Fishing Day, Custer State Park, 9:30 a.m. – noon MDT.  Info: 605-255-4515.

While the camps are geared for kids ages 7-12, younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult. Kids are reminded to wear clothing appropriate for the weather, and also bring bug spray, drinking water and shoes comfortable for walking. Sandals are not appropriate. No snacks or refreshments will be provided, but kids are welcome to bring their own. There is no fee for the camp; however a park entrance license is required.

Nature camps will be held throughout the summer. For a complete list of camps and other state park events, visit South Dakota state parks on the web at



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