Beginning on Monday, Jan. 7, at 7 a.m. CST, visitors can start making lodge reservations at South Dakota state parks.

“Once lodge reservations open on Jan. 7, they will be taken up to one year in advance, year-round,” said state Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer. “So if you’d like to stay July 4, 2014, you can reserve the lodge on July 4, 2013.”

Lodges are found at Lake Thompson Recreation Area near Lake Preston, Shadehill Recreation Area near Lemmon, Mina Lake Recreation Area near Aberdeen, Newton Hills State Park near Canton, Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Pierre and Palisades State Park near Sioux Falls.

Once reservations open at 7 a.m. CST, reservations can be made 24 hours a day online at www.campsd.com or by calling 1-800-710-2267.

All camping fees must be paid at the time a reservation is made. There is a $7.70, non-refundable reservation fee, which does not apply to South Dakota residents. A valid park entrance license is required in designated fee areas.

The first day to make individual campsite reservations is Jan. 31. Campsites are reservable year-round within 90 days of arrival. Custer State Park accepts reservations one year in advance.

For more information on reservations, visit the South Dakota Division of Parks and Recreation website at www.gfp.sd.gov or call 605-773-3391.

Logo courtesy South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

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