Big weekend of events coming up at state parks

During the weekend of June 5, state parks will host several events, including the annual Fort Sisseton Festival, several nature hikes and a fishing derby, the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks announced recently in a news release.

Here’s a listing of events:

  • Fort Sisseton Historical Festival, Fort Sisseton Historic State Park, June 4-6. The West is alive and well at Fort Sisseton during this annual June celebration. Observe cavalry, artillery and infantry demonstrations. The festival includes continuous living history demonstrations, musical entertainment, and food booths. Visit the Rendezvous camp or watch arena events. Kids 11 and under free. Camping available. Info: 605-448-5474
  • Prairie Trails National Trails Day Walk, Custer State Park, June 5, 9 a.m. MDT. From wildflowers to grasses, from wildlife to unseen beauty, this guided hike exposes participants to the significance of the Great Plains. This is an easy to moderate hike. Participants will meet at the Wildlife Station Visitor Center. Info: 605-225-4515
  • Little Devil’s Tower National Trails Day Hike, Custer State park, June 5, 1 p.m. MDT. This guided hike takes participants to one of the highest points in the Black Hills. Hiking through a spruce-pine forest, then through a rocky terrain, participants will venture to the summit of the geological landscape. This hike is considered strenuous and is not recommended for people with health conditions or physical limitations. Meet at the Sylvan Lake General Store parking lot. Info: 605-255-4515
  • Festival of Feathers, Indian Creek Recreation Area, June 5, 10 a.m.  CDT. West Whitlock Recreation Area, June 6, 10 a.m. CDT. Participants will go on a guided hike, learn some basic identification tips, try to spot some of the local inhabitants, listen to guest speakers and make some bird-themed nature crafts. Info: 605-845-7112
  • Geocaching and basic GPS, Lake Thompson Recreation Area, June 5, 7 p.m. CDT. Learn the basics of the GPS and the fun and excitement of Geocaching, a modern-day treasure hunt. Info: 605-847-4893
  • 4th Annual Kids’ fishing derby, Oahe Downstream Recreation Area, June 5, 10 a.m. Kids will have the opportunity to fish and win prizes for the largest, smallest, and most unusual catches of the day. A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided. Event is weather dependent. Info: 605-223-7722 

The programs are open to all ages. There is no cost to participate in any of the events, though a park entrance license is required.
For more information on South Dakota state parks and a full calendar of events, visit or call 605-773-3391.

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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