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State Parks Announce Free Entrance for Military Group Events





PIERRE, S.D. - Past and present military personnel will now receive free entrance into South Dakota state parks when participating in special events that they host.

“We’re proud to be able to offer this additional benefit to our veterans and members of the military,” said South Dakota State Parks director Katie Ceroll.

Under the new rule, park entrance licenses are not required for those participating in an eligible military group event. It includes South Dakota military veterans, members of the SD National Guard and military reserve units and patients of veterans’ hospitals in South Dakota. The exemption also extends to family members and guests in attendance at the event.

Ceroll said examples of eligible events would include a veteran’s group picnic, a veteran’s home or hospital outing or a National Guard recruitment day.

The rule was proposed by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and approved earlier this month. It complements and expands on the current veterans’ discount, which allows South Dakota veterans having a 100 percent, service-related disability to obtain a free lifetime park entrance license and half-price camping.

For more information, call GFP at 605.773.3391. To host a military event in a state park, complete the special event application at gfp.sd.gov.

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GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.