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South Dakota snowmobile season ends Saturday

Saturday marks the official end of snowmobile season in South Dakota. The season saw good trail conditions in the Black Hills, but short-lived snows late in the season East River.

“The Black Hills trails really got going in February, and we had frequent snows and great trail conditions through March,” said snowmobile trails coordinator, Ryan Raynor. “Unfortunately, East River trails saw little snow, and when the snow did come, it didn’t last.”

Starting Sunday, crews will remove signs and facilities. At that time, snowmobiling is allowed on U.S. Forest Service property only. Snowmobilers should have a current forest service map and avoid riding on the state Black Hills trails system or private property.

The snowmobile trails in South Dakota are open from Dec. 15-March 31 each year.

July Fourth camping reservations in State Parks open soon

Camping reservations open soon for Fourth of July weekend at South Dakota state parks. Reservations can be made online at campsd.com or by calling 1.800.710.2267.

“Fourth of July weekend is always a busy time in the parks,” said Katie Ceroll, state parks director. “Campers will want to plan ahead to get their favorite camping spots."

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Saturday is the first day to make reservations for a June 29 arrival, which is the Friday preceding the Fourth of July. Reservations open 90 days in advance of the arrival date, so those arriving earlier can make reservations earlier.

Reservations open at 7 a.m. CT on the first day of the 90-day period, both online and through the call center. Campers can make reservations 24 hours a day within 90 days of their stay. A non-refundable reservation fee of $7.70 is applied to each site; however, this fee is waived for South Dakota residents. An additional $2 fee is charged to anyone making reservations over the phone.

Campers can make reservations for arrivals up to one year in advance at Custer State Park and for all of the parks’ group lodges.

For more detailed information on making reservations or to view the 90-day window calendar, visit gfp.sd.gov or contact South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks at 605.773.3391 or email parkinfo@state.sd.us.

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