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.