June 2011 activities in SD state parks

June 2011 activities in SD state parks
  • Fort Sisseton Historical Festival, Fort Sisseton Historic State Park, June 3-5. 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
  • National Trails Day Hike, George S. Mickelson Trail, June 4, 8 a.m. MDT. Join this 7-mile walk/run/bike from the Lead High School to the Deadwood Trailhead. The first 100 registrants receive a t-shirt. Registration is $15 per person or $45 for a team of four. Info: 605-584-3896
  • Prairie Trails National Trails Day Walk, Custer State Park, June 4, 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
  • Cowboy Cooking, Chief White Crane Recreation Area, June 4, 9:30 a.m. CDT. Learn basic outdoor cooking techniques to bring some cowboy flavor to your campfire. Enjoy samples and take back recipes to use at your next roundup. Info: 605-668-2985
  • Kids’ Fishing Derby, Oahe Downstream Recreation Area, June 4, 10 a.m. CDT. 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
  • Kids’ Fishing Derby, Oakwood Lakes State Park, June 4, 10 a.m. CDT. Kids ages 4-15 can participate in this annual fishing derby. Register at 10 a.m. at the Welcome Center. Bring your fishing pole. Bait is provided. Prizes for all participants! Info: 605-627-5441
  • Scavenger Hunt, Roy Lake State Park, June 4, 10 a.m. CDT. Go on a nature scavenger hunt through Roy Lake West Unit. Use your findings to create your own insect! Parents: feel free to come and assist your little ones. Info: 605-448-5701
  • Festival of Feathers, West Whitlock Recreation Area, June 4, 10 a.m.  CDT. Participants will go on a guided hike, learn basic bird 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
  • Little Devil’s Tower National Trails Day Hike, Custer State Park, June 4, 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
  • Disc Golf Competition, Roy Lake State Park, June 5, 10 a.m. CDT. Enjoy our nine-hole disc golf course at Roy Lake State Park. Bring your own disc or borrow one of ours. Score sheets will be provided and prizes will be awarded to high scorers. Info: 605-448-5701
    — From a Department of Game, Fish and Parks news release


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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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