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GFP Offers Free Park Entrance and Free Fishing May 19-21

PIERRE, S.D. – The unofficial kickoff to summer begins this weekend with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) annual Open House and Free Fishing Weekend May 19-21. The statewide event waives entrance fees and allows free fishing for residents and nonresidents.

All state park and recreation areas will be open for use without entrance fees during the three day event. The event allows anglers to fish without a license statewide. Fishing regulations and limits as well as camping fees still apply. Parks will also be offering daily activities to celebrate the event.

Friday, May 19

Visitor Center Dedication, Good Earth State Park, Sioux Falls. Info: 605.213.1036
Season Kick-Off, Custer State Park, Custer. Info: 605.255.4515

Saturday, May 20

Kids’ Fishing Derby, Lake Louise Recreation Area, Miller. Info: 605.853.2533
Kayak/Canoe Classes, Oakwood Lakes State Park, Bruce. Info: 605.627.5441
Spring Birdwatching Hike, Good Earth State Park, Sioux Falls. Info: 605.213.1036
Fantastic Family Fishing, Palisades State Park, Garretson. Info: 605.594.3824
Donkey Dash 5k Fun Run, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, North Sioux City. Info: 605.232.0873

Camping reservations at South Dakota State Parks can be made 24 hours a day. Make reservations online at or by calling 1.800.710.2267.

Visit for more information or to see a complete list of state parks and events.