Upcoming South Dakota State Park Programs Provide Family Recreation and Education


Educational and recreational programming in South Dakota’s state parks is increasing as the summer season begins.

On June 9, several parks will offer programs allowing visitors to join guided hikes, fish, or just enjoy a day of family fun. Among those activities:

  • Look what I hooked, Chief White Crane Recreation Area near Yankton, 10 a.m. CDT. Designed especially for younger visitors, enjoy games and crafts while learning basics about fish and fishing. Info: 605-668-2985
  • Talking in the trees, Richmond Lake Recreation Area near Aberdeen, 10 a.m. CDT. Join a short hike along the Richmond Lake hiking trail. Learn about what trees add to our environment, view different types of trees, and take part in a tree craft. Info: 605-626-3488
  • For the birds, Roy Lake State Park near Lake City, 10 a.m. CDT. Learn about common birds to the area and how to attract them into your yard. Participants will make a pine cone bird feeder to take home. Info: 605-448-5701
  • Kids’ fishing derby, Oakwood Lakes State Park near Bruce, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT. Kids ages 4-15 can participate in this annual fishing derby. Register at 10 a.m. at the Welcome Center. Bring a pole; bait is provided. Prizes awarded to all participants. Info: 605-627-5441
  • Luce Pioneer Day, Lake Herman State Park near Madison, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT. This family event features lots of hands-on activities celebrating the spirit of the pioneers. Pioneer toys, food, hands-on activities and a Dutch oven demonstration. Info: 605-256-5003
  • Senses hike, Newton Hills State Park near Canton, 11 a.m. CDT. Are you ready to explore nature? If so, join this hike and experience nature through all of your senses. This program qualifies for the Junior Naturalist Program. Info: 605-987-2263
  • Fishing basics, Chief White Crane Recreation Area near Yankton, 1 p.m. CDT. Learn the basics of fishing on quiet Lake Yankton. Bring your gear, and bait will be provided. Some fishing poles will be available, and parents should accompany children. Info: 605-668-2985
  • Family fun pioneer day and corn husk dolls, Lake Thompson Recreation Area near LakePreston, 2-6 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn pioneer games and crafts, make butter and design a unique corn husk doll. Info: 605-847-4893

There is no cost to participate in any of the programs, although 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 South Dakota state parks, visit www.gfp.sd.gov , contact the individual park office, or call 605-773-3391.

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