South Dakota State Park Fees Increase January 1

PIERRE, S.D. – The New Year will bring fee changes to South Dakota State Parks. Changes will affect park entrance licenses and select camping fees.

“The modest increases for individuals would potentially mean an additional $3 million in revenue for Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) to maintain and repair park amenities and necessities, like roads and bridges,” said GFP deputy secretary Kevin Robling. “We need to make sure our parks are meeting the high standards of excellence that all our park visitors expect, now and for generations to come.”

Annual licenses to state parks will be $36 with a daily fee of $8. A 7-day motorcycle pass to Custer State Park will be $20. In campgrounds, prime campsites will increase to $26, preferred sites to $23 and modern to $20. Fees for non-electric, tent-only sites will be going down in some cases. These sites will now be consistently $15 statewide.

This is the first park entrance fee increase since 2014. The changes are in line with the rate of inflation and with fees in surrounding states.