GFP reminds people state parks are open

PIERRE, S.D. (SDBA) – South Dakota’s great outdoors are still open, and people feeling the effects of ‘cabin fever’ are encouraged to get outside.

‘COVID Quarantines’ are in place statewide and restrict the gathering of 10 or more people. But officials at the State Emergency Operations Center in Pierre say it’s ‘critical for South Dakotans to know that the outdoors are open.’

Emily Kiel of the State Game, Fish & Parks Department says while state park offices and other regional wildlife offices are closed, trails and walking paths in many state parks are open and offer a great opportunity for people to get outside and enjoy some fresh air.

Kiel says it’s, “important for individuals and families to make mindful decision as they care for loved ones during this unprecedented time,” but adds that, “South Dakota’s state parks and other natural resources are waiting to be explored.”

Boat ramps are also open, depending upon ice, water levels and other conditions unrelated to COVID19.

Camping reservations are ongoing and are not impacted by state park office closures right now.  GF&P is working with reservation holders to discuss appropriate steps and guidance measures prior to arrival.

And the upcoming spring turkey season remains ‘open’ as scheduled.

GF&P along with the State COVID EOC says one thing that remains certain is that individuals and families have a personal responsibility to do what’s best to keep one another safe and well.