News

Visitation And Camping Numbers In SD Up In 2013

Visitation And Camping Numbers In SD Up In 2013

Photo: clipart.com

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Both visitation and camping in South Dakota’s state parks reached all-time highs in 2013 for the second year in a row.

The state Department of Game, Fish and Parks says the biggest draws were Custer State Park in the Black Hills and Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton. The two parks also set their own records for number of visitors, at 1.9 and 1.2 million, respectively.

Both parks are major draws for out-of-state visitors. Visitation there made up nearly 40 percent of the 7.8 million park visitors statewide last year.

Camping numbers also increased across the state — up 3.2 percent from 2012.

State Parks Director Doug Hofer says he expects the state parks to do just as well this year.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: Dec 22

Fresh
pearljam

A look at the Hollywood headlines that made history.

in National

2 NYPD officers killed, gunman dead

nypd

The fatal shooting may have been a revenge attack over police treatment of minorities.

in Entertainment

This weekend in entertainment history

randy-travis

A look back at some of the Hollywood headlines that went down in history.