Plan ahead to camp Labor Day weekend

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks is offering a helpful hint regarding Labor Day weekend.

Reservations for Labor Day weekend camping in South Dakota state parks can be made beginning Saturday, June 6, for arrival on Friday, Sept. 4. To make a reservation, campers can call (800) 710-2267 or go to

"Labor Day weekend marks the end of the summer, so everyone tries to get in one last camping trip," Doug Hofer, state parks director, said in a news release. "Campsites are reserved well in advance, so plan ahead and make your reservations as soon as possible to get your favorite camping spot."

Here’s the rest of the info from the release:

A three-night stay is required during holiday weekends at all state parks, except at Custer State Park. Reservations for campsites and camping cabins in South Dakota state parks can be made within 90 days of the arrival date. Custer State Park is currently accepting reservations for the entire camping season. Reservations for the lodges at Mina Lake, Shadehill, Newton Hills, Palisades, Oahe Downstream and Lake Thompson are currently being taken for stays through this calendar year.

The call center is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (CT). Online reservations can be made 24 hours a day, but sites cannot be reserved until 7 a.m. on the first day of the 90-day window. There is a $7.70 non-resident reservation fee per site, which does not apply to South Dakota residents. A daily or annual park entrance license is required of all vehicles entering the park. Entrance fees are in addition to camping fees.

For additional information on S.D. state parks and recreation areas and to view the 90-day window calendar, visit the South Dakota state parks website at

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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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