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Custer State Park offers Sylvan Lake hike

Custer State Park will offer a guided snowshoe hike on Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m. at the Sylvan Lake Area. Interested participants should meet at the Sylvan Lake General Store parking lot.

The one-mile hike will take participants around Sylvan Lake with the option to extend the hike to a total of three miles onto Trail No. 9 with views of Black Elk Peak and the Black Hills. The trail is considered easy to moderate.

If the amount of snow does not allow for snowshoeing, a guided hike without snowshoes will still be held.

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, as temperatures in the Black Hills can be unpredictable. Any footwear can be used with snowshoes; however, waterproof hiking boots are recommended.

There is no cost for the hike; however, a park entrance license is required. Snowshoes are provided and reservations are required. To checkout snowshoes or for more information call 605-255-4515. This is the last scheduled guided snowshoe hike for this season.

View Black Hills snowmobile trails with new trail cameras

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials say snowmobile trail conditions are in good shape after recent snowfall in the Black Hills. Thanks to new trail cameras, snowmobilers can see real-time trail images online through the trail conditions map on the GFP website.

“We are excited about the installation of our first dedicated trail camera located near the Kirk trailhead just south of Lead,” said Ryan Raynor, GFP snowmobile trails coordinator said in a release. “We are also making use of two South Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT) cameras at Hardy Station and Savoy to give snowmobilers a look at snow conditions in those areas.”

The images can be accessed through the trail conditions map on the GFP website.

The newly installed camera uses the same technology DOT uses for road conditions. The DOT camera images can be viewed on the Safe Travel USA website ( and on the SDDOT 511 mobile phone app.

Currently, GFP is assessing plans to use the DOT cameras in the eastern half of the state to provide the same level of service to those trail riders.

To view trail conditions, visit and search “snowmobiling.”

Fish houses must be removed today

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds ice anglers that all fish houses, shelters and other structures must be removed from the ice by midnight on Wednesday. Fish houses, shelters and other structures may be used after Wednesday, but must be removed from the ice on a daily basis.

Wyoming state House advances Yellowstone fee proposal

A proposal to collect a fee at Yellowstone National Park to fund wildlife conservation efforts in the states surrounding the park has passed the Wyoming House of Representatives.

The measure, which also applies to neighboring Grand Teton National Park, was approved Tuesday and now heads to the state Senate for more debate.

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Proponents say the idea is to generate money for Wyoming, Montana and Idaho to deal with issues like wildlife collisions, disease and migration routes.

The Wyoming resolution does not specify how the fee would be assessed or what the amount would be.

Since only the federal government can impose fees in national parks, the resolution seeks to start a conversation about the idea between the three states and the U.S. Interior Department and the National Park Service.

Elk at Wyoming military base being studied

The Wyoming Military Department and the state Game and Fish Department are working together to study the elk population at the Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center.

The three-year study includes placing GPS radio collars on some elk that will monitor their movements several times a day.

Officials say 29 elk have been fitted with radio collars and ear tags.

The idea is to use the information to correlate the movements of the elk with different types of training that occurs on the training grounds to see if the training impacts the elk at all.

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