SM Link

GFP News - october 11, 2017


funding available for outdoor recreation

Pierre, S.D. - South Dakota State Parks and Recreation Director Katie Ceroll announced today that applications are being accepted for grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Public outdoor recreation projects sponsored by city, county, township and tribal governments are eligible to receive the grant money.

"Outdoor recreation is important to a healthy community," Ceroll said. "The variety of recreational activities that local parks have to offer allows families to spend time together close to home."

The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides up to 50 percent reimbursement for approved outdoor recreation projects.

“Grants will be awarded for development or renovation of public outdoor recreation facilities or the acquisition of park land," Ceroll said. "The grants will be a minimum of $10,000 and the maximum will be $75,000 in federal funds. There will be $425,000 available to award to projects." Application packets are available online at The application deadline is Dec. 8, 2017.

The Department of Game, Fish and Parks will work with successful grant applicants to assist in complying with new federal grant reporting and monitoring requirements and new state internal control and conflict-of-interest requirements.

LWCF funds are federal dollars that are apportioned to states by Congress to fund public outdoor recreation projects. For more information contact grants coordinator Randy Kittle at 605.773.5490 or email



Fort Sisseton Historic State Park Offering "Haunted" Tour

Fort Sisseton Historic State Park, S.D. - Fort Sisseton Historic State Park near Lake City is hosting an afternoon of fall fun from 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 14. After the sun goes down, take a haunted fort tour from 5- 8 p.m. CT.
An afternoon of fall fun with open buildings and trick-or-treating runs from 1-4 p.m. and is open to everyone.
Haunted fort tours take place from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tours are by appointment only, as a limited number of openings are available. Reserve a spot by calling 605.448.5474.
“This event has proven to be an annual favorite for our users, and we’re excited to be hosting it for another year,” said Fort Sisseton manager Christopher Soukup. “It’s a perfect way to really usher in that autumn feeling.”
Everyone is welcome to attend the afternoon activities; however, the recommended age for the haunted tour is 14 years and older. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Fort Sisseton Historic State Park is located 10 miles southwest of Lake City off SD Highway 10.


GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.

Other News and Information

One-Year Archives