South Dakota -(Ammoland.com)- A recent agreement between several government agencies will keep three Missouri River state parks open longer this fall.
Visitors to Chief White Crane Recreation Area near Yankton, Randall Creek Recreation Area near Pickstown and Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre will have several more weeks to enjoy the parks than in previous years.
Portions of the three parks, known roosting sites for bald eagles, would previously close as early as Oct. 1 to limit human impact in roosting areas. An updated agreement between South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, narrowed the closure period to Nov. 15 through the last Friday in March, based on a re-evaluation of park use.
Southeast Region Park Supervisor Jeff VanMeeteren expects many park visitors to take advantage of the additional use period.
“There’s a growing trend in fall season use, from camping to outdoor recreation,” he said. “These parks are very popular and I think folks will be thrilled to have some extra time …read more