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State Park Visitors are Advised to Leave Fireworks at Home

PIERRE, S.D. – The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is a popular time in South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking state park visitors to leave fireworks at home.

“Parks are a Fourth of July destination,” said state park director Katie Ceroll. “For many guests, the trip is a family tradition. High use of the campgrounds, beaches and day-use areas over the holiday weekend is a given.”

Discharging fireworks is prohibited on all lands owned or leased by GFP. The ban includes state parks, recreation areas, lakeside use areas, game production areas and nature areas. Discharging fireworks is also illegal within the boundaries of the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District, national forests and national parks in South Dakota.

Ceroll also wants to remind park users that a number of parks are under fire restrictions due to drought conditions. For burn ban information, visit the GFP website and click on the park name.

For more information on the South Dakota State Parks, visit gfp.sd.gov or call 605.773.3391.


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.