State park fee changes to take effect

From the Department of Game, Fish and Parks:

The following fee changes were approved by the Game, Fish and Parks Commission earlier this fall and will go into effect on Dec. 1.

  • Lodge fees will increase by $25 per night.

Rates as of Dec. 1:

  • Mina Lake – $160 per night
  • Shadehill – $160 per night
  • Oahe Downstream -$150 per night
  • Lake Thompson – $225 per night
  • Newton Hills – $225 per night
  • Palisades – $225 per night

Lodges operated by private concessionaires (located at Angostura, Custer State Park, Roy Lake, and Lewis and Clark) are not affected.

Lodge reservations are currently being taken for all arrivals in 2011.

  • Campsite and camping cabin fees will increase by $2 per night.
  • Picnic shelter reservation fees will increase to $20 per day. Use of picnic shelters is free, but a reservation guarantees availability for group gatherings.
  • Custer State Park has eliminated its per person fee. Vehicles entering the park will need a $15 per vehicle pass or a $10 per motorcycle pass.
  • Annual park entrance licenses and daily fees at parks other than Custer will not change.

Revenue generated will be used for park operations in light of an anticipated reduction in state general fund support, higher utility costs and a multi-year effort to combat an infestion of mountain pine beetles in Custer State Park.

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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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