Events in state parks July 23-24

A news release from the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks:

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota state parks are offering a variety of weekend events for visitors to enjoy July 23-24. The free activities are a great way for people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors.

Make plans to attend the following:

  • Take a Bike Hike, Custer State Park, July 23, 10 a.m. MDT. The bike ride is geared for adults and children of all ages. The paved Creekside Trail will take participants along Grace Coolidge Creek, with occasional stops to learn about area plants, animals, and other nature information. Info: 605-255-4515
  • Geocaching 101, Chief White Crane Recreation Area near Yankton, July 23, 7 p.m. CDT. Join an introductory class to geocaching – the modern-day treasure hunt aided by GPS units. Info: 605-668-2985
  • Dutch Oven Cooking, Oakwood Lakes State Park near Volga, July 24, 10 a.m. CDT. Learn the basics of Dutch oven cooking then test your skills. Info: 605-627-5441
  • Fossils at our Feet, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton, July 24, 10 a.m. CDT Participants will walk and look at fossils along the shoreline. Info: 605-668-2985
  • Christmas in July, Roy Lake State Park near Lake City, July 24, 2 p.m. CDT. Decorate your camper, make and take Christmas crafts, sing carols, sit on Santa’s lap and share how good you’ve been! Info: 605-448-5701
  • Astronomy for Beginners, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area near Canistota, July 24, 9:30 p.m. CDT. Learn the constellations, stars, and planets of the summer night sky. A telescope will be set up for visitors to get a closer look. Info: 605-296-3643

There is no cost to participate in any of the programs; however, a park entrance license is required to enter the parks. The programs are held in addition to regular activities hosted by individual parks on summer weekends.

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather, bring bug spray and plenty of drinking water.

For more information on South Dakota state parks and a calendar of upcoming events, visit or call 605-773-3391.

Categories: Events, Outdoor Activities
Tags: State Parks

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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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