To kick off summer, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks encourages families to spend the weekend outside during the Parks’ Open House Weekend and Free Fishing Weekend May 18-20.
During the annual three-day event, anglers can fish without a license anywhere in the state, and entrance fees are waived for all visitors to South Dakota’s state parks and recreation areas. Camping fees still apply. Fishing regulations and limits also apply.
Custer State Park will host a number of family activities on Saturday and Sunday, including cookouts, nature hikes, free hayrack rides, a fishing derby, nature programs and demonstrations. Historic Valhalla cabin also will be open to the public. A full schedule of events can be found on Custer State Park’s website.
Photo: Tatanka (Bison bison – the American bison or more commonly buffalo) grazing in Custer State Park – Wikimedia Commons