LEAD, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is using cameras to give outdoor enthusiasts a glimpse of snowmobile trail conditions in the Black Hills.
The three cameras currently in use are placed at Kirk Trailhead south of Lead, Hardy Station and near Savoy. The Kirk Trailhead camera shows the actual trail, while the other two show general conditions in close proximity to trails. Anyone can view the conditions by visiting the department's website.
Department official Shannon Percy told the Black Hills Pioneer that they're looking to acquire more trail cameras.
"We are trying to get a couple more," Percy said. "The problem is we need power and cell phone coverage where we put the cameras. Out on the trails it's really hard to get cell service, and to get service with a power line close-by is even harder."
He said the Department of Transportation is testing new camera systems that use solar power.
The trails are still in good condition, according to Percy, who said this season saw some of the best conditions in several years.
"It's been a really good February," he said. "I talked to the businesses along the trails, and they are all smiling. It's been a tough couple years."
Trail grooming will cease on March 31.
Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, http://www.bhpioneer.com