Free fishing, free park entrance on Father’s Day

AP file photo: In this 2011 file photo, Grant and Colton, 4, Hossler, father and son, head for their fishing hole in Pennsylvania.

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is celebrating Dads with a day of free fishing and free entrance into state parks on Father’s Day, June 16. Fishing regulations and limits as well as camping fees still apply.

“Fishing and being in the great outdoors is eingrained in South Dakotans. We fish, hike and boat. It’s who we are,” said GFP Secretary Kelly Hepler. “The free fishing and park entrance day on Father’s Day is our way to thank our outdoor families. More importantly, it’s a chance to encourage new families to get out and see what fishing and our amazing parks are all about.”

With free entrance on Father’s Day, visitors can help celebrate 100 years of state parks in South Dakota, Hepler noted.

“Parks are hosting a variety of special events this summer including a 100 Years Scavenger Hunt where 30 parks are offering a chance for participants to win prizes from gift cards to camping packages and recreational equipment.”

Visit to view other upcoming park events.


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