State park programs scheduled for July 10

Educational and recreational programs in South Dakota’s state parks are increasing in the busy summer camping season, according to a news release from the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks. Several parks offer programs allowing visitors to join guided hikes, build a sand creation or enjoy a game of disc golf.
July 10 offers great opportunities to spend time outside with your children:

  • Yankton Disc Golf Trilogy, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton, Registration starts at 9 a.m. CDT, tee-off at 9:30 a.m. The 4th annual tournament will start at Memorial Park in Yankton, then go to the Corps of Engineers disc golf course, and end at Gavin’s Point disc golf course at Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. There will be both men’s and women’s divisions and prizes for the top three winners in each division. Info: 605-668-2985
  • Sand Sculpture Showcase, Lake Poinsett Recreation Area near Arlington, 10 a.m. CDT. Create unique sand sculptures as part of a team or on your own during this great family activity. All ages are welcome. Prizes will be awarded to all. Info: 605-627-5441
  • Water Safety and Boat Rides, Indian Creek Recreation Area near Mobridge, 10:30 a.m. CDT. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will present water safety tips and small-craft boat rides. Info: 605-845-7112
  • 8th Annual Dutch Oven Gathering, Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon, 3:30 p.m. CDT. Try your hand at cooking in your Dutch oven. Learn new ideas from cooking demonstrations, and enjoy a campground potluck at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a dish to share. Info and signup: 605-582-7243
  • Family Scavenger Hunt and Hike, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton, 7 p.m. CDT. The whole family can take part in this scavenger hunt along Gavin’s Point Nature Trail. Info: 605-668-2985

All programs, except the Yankton Trilogy Disc Golf Tournament, are free; however, a park entrance license is required to enter the parks. For more information on activities in the S.D. state parks, visit, contact the individual park office 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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