PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials say snowmobile trail conditions are in good shape after recent snowfall in the Black Hills. Thanks to new trail cameras, snowmobilers can see real-time trail images online through the trail conditions map on the GFP website.
“We are excited about the installation of our first dedicated trail camera located near the Kirk trailhead just south of Lead,” said Ryan Raynor, GFP snowmobile trails coordinator. “We are also making use of two South Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT) cameras at Hardy Station and Savoy to give snowmobilers a look at snow conditions in those areas.”
The images can be accessed through the trail conditions map on the GFP website.
The newly installed camera uses the same technology DOT uses for road conditions. The DOT camera images can be viewed on the Safe Travel USA website (safetravelusa.com/sd) and on the SDDOT 511 mobile phone app.
Currently, GFP is assessing plans to use the DOT cameras in the eastern half of the state to provide the same level of service to those trail riders.
To view trail conditions, visit gfp.sd.gov and search “snowmobiling.”