Free fishing and park entrance this weekend

This year marks 100 years of state parks in South Dakota, and the Department of Game, Fish and Parks is kicking off the summer celebration this weekend.

This Friday through Sunday, May 17th through the 19th, is the department’s annual Open House and Free Fishing weekend.  This means there is free park entrance and free fishing statewide for both residents and non-residents. Fishing regulations and limits, as well as camping fees, still apply.

Parks are hosting a variety of events as part of the free weekend.  

State Parks Director Scott Simpson says this weekend is a good opportunity for people to check out the parks and participate in their favorite outdoor activity.  He says there are also a number of different statewide promotions and contests celebrating 100 years of state parks.

More information on camping for this weekend or any weekend throughout the summer at one of the state’s parks can be found on the website