Fun-filled activities at state parks Aug. 8

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

PIERRE, S.D. – No time to get away? Take a mini vacation at a South Dakota State Park. Several special events that offer activities for the entire family will take place across the state on Aug. 8.

  • 7th Annual Steady Eddie Disc Golf Tournament, 9 a.m. at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre. The tournament takes place on the famous "Powerhouse Alley" disc golf course! Participants will play two rounds of disc golf. Everyone will receive a player’s pack, and prizes will be awarded for the top placers in all divisions. Info: (605) 223-7722
  • “Breakfast with the Birds” Walk in the Park, 9 a.m. at Farm Island Recreation Area near Pierre. Rise and Shine! Find Gianna at the Nature Trailhead Area where she’ll show you the basics of bird watching! A limited number of binoculars and bird books will be provided for use on the trails. Don’t forget to bring your water, bug spray, and sunscreen as needed. Info: (605) 773-2885
  • Adams Homestead Celebration, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve near North Sioux City. Programs, presentations, music and crafts will be available for the entire family to enjoy. Visitors can learn about the history of the area, take in South Dakota’s heritage and explore the outdoors. Info: (605) 232-0873
  • “Animal Tracks CSI” Walk in the Park, 10 a.m. at Walker’s Point Recreation Area and 4 p.m. at Lake Herman State Park, both near Madison. Take part in this walk and try to solve the mystery with fun facts and clues. Info: (605) 256-5003
  • Fort Anniversary Party, 1 – 4 p.m. at Fort Sisseton Historic State Park near Lake City. Celebrate Fort Sisseton’s 145th anniversary, and have some outdoor fun! Make and take home your own Dakota Territory seal, tour the Andrew Jackson Fisk historic trail, catch a horse-drawn wagon ride, or watch blacksmith and carpenter demonstrations at their shop. New this year, horse-drawn antique plowing, cultivating, mowing and raking demonstrations will take place near the arena. Info: (605) 448-5474
  • “Otter Stream Stroll” Walk in the Park, 2 p.m. at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area near Canistota. Take a scenic walk through Otter Stream trail by Lake Vermillion and learn about the history, flowers, plants and animals. Bring good walking shoes and bug spray. Info: (605) 296-3643
  • Family Fun Pioneer Day and Corn Cob Doll Making Contest, 2–6 p.m. at Lake Thompson Recreation Area near Lake Preston. Fill your afternoon with pioneer crafts and games, including a contest to make the most unique corn cob doll. Prizes awarded to winners. Then join us for a program covering the history of Lake Thompson at 7 p.m. Info: (605) 847-4893
  • 7th Annual Street Masters Car Show and Ice Cream Social, 7 p.m. at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre. Come out to the park for a night of classic cars, custom cruisers and chrome. Visitors can check out their dream vehicle then cool off with some ice cream. Info: (605) 223-7722

All activities are free except for the Steady Eddie Disc Golf Tournament, which requires an entry fee. A park entrance license is required to enter all parks, except Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve. Participants are encouraged to wear suitable shoes, dress for the weather and apply insect repellant.

The Walk in the Park programs are part of a series of educational, guided hikes held throughout the year in South Dakota state parks, recreation areas and nature preserves. Park staff and volunteers lead the programs.

For more information on any of the above activities call the individual park office. For more information on the Walk in the Park program or South Dakota State Parks, please 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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