Family activities in state parks, July 16-17

Family activities planned for the third weekend in July in South Dakota’s state parks, as announced by the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks:

  • Lantern Tour of Fort Buildings, Fort Sisseton Historic State Park near Lake City, July 16, 9:30 p.m. CDT. Join a tour guide in period costume and explore the grounds and buildings as you listen to stories about life at the fort. Each adult will be provided a lantern. Children age 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Info: 605-448-5474
  • Stories in the Stone Walk in the Park, Palisades State Park near Garretson, July 17, 10 a.m. CDT. This walk in the park will highlight the beautiful Sioux Quartzite rock formations inside Palisades State Park. Visitors will be told about the park’s creation and unique history. Info: 605-594-3824
  • Archery for Beginners, North Point Recreation Area near Pickstown, July 17, 10 a.m. CDT. Beginners of all ages can learn the basics of archery. Park staff will provide the equipment and instruction. Info: 605-487-7046
  • Not Just Desserts: Dutch Oven Cooking, Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre, July 17, 10 a.m. CDT. Visitors will learn the basics of Dutch oven cooking while preparing a main dish, side dish, and dessert. Info: 605-223-7722
  • Journey Through Time, Oakwood State Park near Volga, July 17, 10 a.m. CDT. Visitors will be led on a tour of historic sites at Oakwood Lakes State Park, learn about Samuel Mortimer and more. Info: 605-627-5441
  • Lake Herman Beach Bash, Lake Herman State Park near Madison, July 17, 10 a.m. CDT. Come for a day of sun and sand, and participate in a number of beach activities. Info: 605-256-5003
  • Didgeridoo, Mina Lake Recreation Area near Aberdeen, July 17, 10 a.m. CDT. Find out what a didgeridoo is, and what it does. Learn how to play the instrument. All ages welcome. Participation is limited to 15 people but more can watch. Info: 605-626-3488
  • Safety on and Around the Water, Roy Lake State Park near Lake City, July 17, 1 p.m. CDT. Join us for information and demonstrations on water safety. Info: 605-448-5701
  • History Hike Walk in the Park, Newton Hills State Park near Canton, July 17, 1 p.m. CDT. For those who are curious about the story of Newton Hills State Park, both legend and fact, meet at the entrance to the Woodland Trail for a history hike. Info: 605-987-2263
  • A Taste of the Past: Dutch oven cooking demo, Lake Thompson Recreation Area near Lake Preston, July 17, 7 p.m. CDT. See what recipes the pioneers used, and taste some new creations. Info: 605-847-4893
  • Geocaching 101 Walk in the Park, Farm Island Recreation Area near Pierre, July 17, 10 a.m. CDT. Learn the basics of geocaching while exploring Farm Island. Participants are encouraged to bring their own GPS units because only a limited number will be provided. Info: 605-773-2885
  • Nostalgic Movie Night – American Historian, Angostura Recreation Area near Hot Springs, July 17, 8:30 p.m. MDT. With the advent of DVDs and other forms of enhanced technology, reel-to-reel movies are rarely used at park sites. Yet, the 16 mm productions from the 1960s and 1970s offer some of the best educational content of any campground evening presentations. Bring the family (and some popcorn) and enjoy a step back in time … watching an “old” fashioned movie on the big screen. Info: 605-745-6996

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

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

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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