Enjoy Eagles & Bagels At Oahe Downstream Rec Area

PIERRE — Visitors of the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre have the opportunity to learn about the park’s winter residents and enjoy a snack on the 17th Annual “Eagles and Bagels” Walk in the Park on Saturday, Feb. 2.

“This is a good opportunity for participants to get out and enjoy our South Dakota winter and view our nation’s bird – the Bald Eagle,” said Pat Buscher, Oahe Downstream district supervisor.

Program attendees will learn about eagles from a program presentation and then have the opportunity to view and ask questions about the bald eagles on a guided walk.

The program begins at 9 a.m. CST at the Oahe Downstream Group Lodge. Information will be presented highlighting eagles, their habitat and tips and proper conduct for viewing and photographing.

The group will travel into the park for a 2-mile guided walk (weather permitting) to observe the birds in their natural setting. The hike will include a number of stops to view the birds and answer questions. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, cameras, comfortable hiking shoes and cold weather clothing.

Following the hike, guests are invited back to the lodge for snacks and refreshments sponsored by Lynn’s Dakotamart.

For those who are not sure they can complete the entire distance, a shuttle is available.

The Oahe Downstream campgrounds are currently closed to vehicle traffic to protect the roosting eagles. Walkers and cross-country skiers are allowed into these areas, although they must be careful not to disturb the roosting eagles. If disturbed, the eagles may abandon their roosts and use up valuable food reserves.

There is no charge for the guided walk, but a park entrance license is required. The new 2019 park entrance licenses are available at the park. For more information, call 605.223.7722.

Fort Sisseton Festival Vendor Applications Available

PIERRE — Vendors interested in having a booth at the 2019 Fort Sisseton Historical Festival have until March 14 to submit an application. Applications are available for vendors of concessions, rendezvous, and arts and crafts. Rules have changed for the art and crafts vendors.

The annual festival is scheduled for May 31 through June 2, 2019.

Food vendors are given the option of a full-menu major food booth or a one menu item specialty food booth. Booths are outdoor spaces.

Booths are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Additional hours are at the vendor’s discretion.

For more information about hours or set-up and take-down times at the Fort Sisseton Historical Festival or for a vendor application, please contact Fort Sisseton Historic State Park at 605.448.5474, email fortsisseton@state.sd.us or visit gfp.sd.gov.

Plan A Nebraska SP Getaway Jan. 29, National Plan For Vacation Day

LINCOLN, Neb. — National Plan for Vacation Day, celebrated on the last Tuesday of January, is a great opportunity to plan a getaway at a Nebraska state park.

Hosted by the U.S. Travel Association, National Plan for Vacation Day encourages Americans to look ahead and make vacation plans at the start of the year. Whether you’re looking for some old-fashioned adventure or simply a beautiful place you can enjoy with family, Nebraska’s state park areas offer something for you.

Spread over 76 locations, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission properties combine unspoiled beauty with a wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities and lodging options. In southeast Nebraska, visitors can enjoy brand-new park features including a treetop adventure course, glamping cabins and a floating playground, which were constructed as part of the Venture Parks initiative.

Enjoy A Unique Valentine’s Day Experience At A Nebraska SP

LINCOLN, Neb. — This Valentine’s Day, plan something truly memorable and enjoy a getaway at a Nebraska state park. Several parks will offer romantic meals, lodging specials, gift packages and much more.

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP) offers a 30 percent discount on lodging Feb. 10-14. Make a reservation and add a Valentine gift package that includes a single stem rose, glassware, sparkling juice, Nebraskaland items, chocolates and more. On Feb. 14 only, sign up for the couples’ painting class or enjoy couples’ ice skating at the outdoor pavilion.

Platte River SP will hold a Valentine’s dinner at Walter Scott Lodge Feb. 14-15 with entrees such as steak, chicken, shrimp and grilled walleye. The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for both families and couples, and comfortable cabin lodging is available for an extended stay.

Enjoy gorgeous lakeside views, a 30 percent lodging discount and Valentine’s gift packages including flowers, sparkling juice, chocolates and other goodies at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area Feb. 15-17.

The ever-popular Birds and Breakfast event at Ponca SP Feb. 15-16 features birding tours, a Saturday morning breakfast, complimentary wine or cider and other activities.

Find further details online at Outdoornebraska.org/parkevents. Some restrictions apply. Reservations can be made at Outdoornebraska.org or by calling 402-471-1414 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. A park permit is required for each vehicle entering a state park.

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