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GFP News: Lake Alvin, Lake Lakota Re-open, Mirror Lakes Road Closed, Boating Officer of the Year





 

 

 
  • Lake Alvin, Lake Lakota Re-Open for Swimming
  • Mirror Lakes Access Road Temporarily Closed
  • Norton Named Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year

 

 

 

Lake Alvin, Lake Lakota Re-Open for Swimming

 

PIERRE, S.D. - Lake Alvin, located outside of Harrisburg, and Lake Lakota at Newton Hills State Park have re-opened for swimming.

The lakes were closed to swimming, but new beach water samples taken this week show a healthy level of bacteria in the water.

The beaches are currently open and ready for swimmers and other recreators. 

Contact Jason Baumann, district park supervisor, for additional questions or concerns at 605.987.2263.

 

 

 

 

 

Mirror Lakes Access Road Temporarily Closed

 

SPEARFISH, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials are warning anglers that access to Mirror Lakes in Lawrence County will be restricted due to bridge work.

“The road will be briefly closed to Mirror Lakes beginning June 11 for bridge maintenance,” said McNenny State Fish Hatchery Manager, Mike Barnes. “These are popular lakes this time of year, and we want people to know that they will not be able to drive to them for a short period of time.”

Barnes said the bridge should re-open in approximately one week.

 

 

 

 

 

Norton Named Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators has named Austin Norton the 2019 Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year. Norton is a conservation officer for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and is stationed in Webster.

“Austin shows a genuine passion,” said Joe Keeton, GFP boating law administrator. “He has been willing to take on the extra responsibility, knowing it would require a lot of extra training, much of which would require him to be away from his duty station and family.”

Keeton noted that being a good boating officer takes dedication, discipline, and sacrifice.

“The hours worked are the hours when everyone else is out enjoying the lakes – weekends, evenings, and holidays. Austin has done a good job making himself available when the lakes are busy,” Keeton added.

About the Award: The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ (NASBLA) award is presented annually to the boating law enforcement officer who has made outstanding contributions to the field of boating law enforcement.

The awards program consists of three levels: state, regional and national. State nominees are selected by the state boating law administrator. State nominees continue to regional competition, where they are reviewed, and one winner per region is selected by the three regional awards committees. Regional award winners are submitted to NASBLA’s Awards Committee for review and selection of the national award.

The South Dakota award was renamed to honor a previous recipient and GFP conservation officer, Brook Brown. Brown lost his battle with cancer during the summer of 2012 and was well known for his contributions to the state’s boating enforcement and education efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

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