State Parks holding Open House & Free Fishing Weekend

This weekend is the annual Open House and Free Fishing Weekend in South Dakota.  

The promotion grants free park entrance and free fishing statewide for both residents and nonresidents. Fishing regulations and limits as well as camping fees still apply.

While the customary park programming is still on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parks will still be offering online fun through the Game, Fish and Parks Department and specific park social media channels.

State Parks Director Scott Simpson said the state’s parks are a great place to social distance and participate in a favorite outdoor activity. 

Simpson said that the state parks’ staff will be taking all the recommended CDC precautions, as well as doing extra cleaning to ensure visitors’ comfort and safety. 

Tips for state park visitors :

To be as self-sufficient as possible, plan to:

  • Get your park entrance license online before your visit by calling or going online
  • Use the restroom facility in your camper rather than public facilities
  • Bring a personal supply of hand sanitizer, disinfectant and soap to decontaminate shared spaces before you use them
  • Wear masks when you interact with others

When you do use a shared facility, adhere to the following guidelines:

  • To limit exposure, use your own facilities whenever possible (camper, tables, etc.)
  • Limit contact with frequently-touched surfaces
  • Practice social distancing at all times; stay six feet away from others
  • Follow CDC personal hygiene guidelines
  • Leave the facility clean
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer after use

Camping reservations are still available for Open House Weekend in many parks. Make reservations online at or by calling 1.800.710.CAMP.