Winter fun at state parks this weekend

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, here are some activities being hosted at various state parks in South Dakota, according to a news release from the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks

  • Eagles and Bagels Walk in the Park, Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre, Feb. 6 at 9 a.m. CST, meet at group lodge. Information will be presented by State Division of Wildlife employee and avid birder Doug Backlund. The group will travel into the park for a one-and-a-half-mile guided walk to observe the birds in their natural setting. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, cameras, comfortable hiking shoes and cold-weather clothing. Pier 347 is providing bagels, and coffee and juice will also be available at the Oahe Downstream group lodge after the walk. Info: 605-223-7722.
  • Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tourney, Richmond Lake Recreation Area near Aberdeen, Feb 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. The cost is $12 per person, plus four non-perishable food items for the local food pantry. Discs are guaranteed for the first 25 entrants. Divisions include: open, amateur and women. Prizes will be awarded for winners in each division. Chili and hot chocolate will be provided. Info:  605-626-3488.
  • Snowshoe Stomp Walk in the Park, George S. Mickelson Trail, Feb. 6, 1 p.m. MST. Staff will teach basic snowshoeing skills on a nature walk along the Mickelson Trail in the northern Black Hills. The locations will be determined based on snow conditions. Call the Black Hills Trails Office to sign up and to find out where to meet. Info: 605-584-3896
  • Winter Wonderland Snowshoe Hike, Richmond Lake Recreation Area near Aberdeen, Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. CST, meet at the warming shelter on Forest Drive. Staff will teach basic snowshoeing skills before a mile-long walk in the park. Snowshoes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Refreshments will be provided. Info: 605-626-3488.
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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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