No Wake Zone Declared For Turner County’s Swan Lake

PIERRE — High water has caused South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Secretary Kelly Hepler to declare a temporary “no wake zone” on Swan Lake in Turner County.

In an executive order from earlier this year, Governor Kristi Noem named Hepler a “temporary designee,” giving him the ability to create such restrictions.

The no wake zone will be within 300 feet of the shoreline and will restrict boats to no greater than 5 miles per hour.

The no wake zone will be in place until high water conditions subside.

Labor Day Camping Reservations in S.D. Parks Open Soon

PIERRE — This weekend, the South Dakota State Parks are opening up camping reservations for Labor Day weekend.

Reservations for a Friday, Aug. 30, arrival open on June 1, at 7 a.m. CDT. Labor Day is one of the most popular camping weekends of the year, and spots fill up quickly.

To reserve your spot, visit Reservations open at 7 a.m. CDT, 90 days prior to arrival. Thereafter, reservations can be made 24 hours a day.

Camping fees are paid at the time a reservation is made, and a park entrance license is required in addition to camping fees.

Custer State Park is currently accepting reservations for all campsites. Group lodges at South Dakota state parks statewide are also accepting reservations at this time.

For more detailed information on making reservations or to view the 90-day window calendar, visit

S.D. GFP Urges Kayakers & Canoeists To Use Caution

PIERRE — With the large amount of precipitation South Dakota has received this spring, many creeks and small streams are running at full force. While these areas may appear to be a great opportunity for outdoor recreation such as kayaking and canoeing; Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials are urging outdoor enthusiast to use caution when navigating these flowing waters.

“Folks need to be aware of potential dangers if they are going to venture out on some of these shallow running waters. There is no requirement for landowners to install gates in the fences that cross some of these small creeks and streams, so barbed wire fencing can be a real danger,” said GFP regional wildlife manager Emmett Keyser.

“Boaters should be aware of floating logs, debris, culverts, natural dams and other obstacles in these flooded, flowing waters. Many times these hazards are just under the surface. With the high water flows we’ve experienced this year, a canoe or kayak excursion can make for an enjoyable opportunity to get outside, but many times the conditions are more dangerous than they might appear,” Keyser said.

CRP Enrollment To Start June 3

PIERRE — U.S. Department of Ag recently announced it will start taking offers for enrollment into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on Monday, June 3.

Local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will take applications for enrollment into certain continuous CRP practices including but not limited to; grassed waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration, the farmable wetlands pilot, and duck nesting habitat.

All of these CRP practices provide 50 percent cost-share to establish grassland habitat on cropland acres and provide an annual rental payment for ten to 15 years.

Land being offered for enrollment must have a cropping history of 4 out of 6 years from 2012 to 2017 or be in a current CRP contract expiring on Sept. 30, 2019. If the offer includes any land that will be re-enrolled, the deadline to submit the offer will be Aug. 23, 2019.

CRP provides important benefits of improved water quality and soil health, forage for livestock, and habitat for wildlife.

Land enrolled in CRP is also a priority for South Dakota’s Walk-in Area public hunting access program, which provides a sign-up incentive bonus payment for multi-year access contracts on CRP acres, annual payments, and posts the boundaries with signs for the participating landowner.

S.D. Deer License Applications Now Being Taken

We are currently taking applications for the Black Hills, West River, East River, Muzzleloader, Custer State Park and National Refuge deer hunting seasons. The deadline for the first drawing for those seasons is a postmark of June 14 for paper applications and 8 a.m. CDT, June 19 for on-line applications.

Applications can be made at

S.D. GFP Reminds Anglers How To Legally Transport Fish

PIERRE — As fishing heats up across the state, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is reminding anglers how to legally transport filleted fish.

To legally transport fish, you must:

1. Not transport fish fillets unless those fillets can be readily counted.

2. Package frozen fish individually for transportation or when placed in public storage.

3. Tag and identify any fish placed in public storage.

4. Remember that individual pieces of fish constitute one fillet; two fillets are the equivalent of one fish.

For more information, visit

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