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GFP News: South Dakota Lakes are Open for Fishing and Making Memories
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :: Thursday, May 25, 2017
GFP Contact :: Emily Kiel at Emily.Kiel@state.sd.us
Tourism Contact :: Katlyn Richter at Katlyn.Richter@travelsouthdakota.com
South Dakota Lakes are Open for Fishing and Making Memories
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota departments of Tourism and Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) say South Dakota’s lakes and rivers are open for business and anglers are encouraged to come out and fish.
“Over 150 meandered lakes are open to provide fishing and access opportunity; most of which are on the eastern side of the state. Even though access has been restricted on 25 non-meandered lakes, there is still plenty of room and plenty of fishing to be had this summer on the quality fisheries that exist in our state,” said Kelly Hepler, Secretary of GFP.
“South Dakota is open for business with anglers,” said Jim Hagen, Secretary of the Department of Tourism. “What hasn’t changed in South Dakota is the opportunity to get on the water to enjoy great fishing, the great outdoors and to experience even better hospitality.”
“There has been much talk about the non-meandered waters in northeastern South Dakota,” said Hepler. “While it is important to have state leaders, landowners, sportsmen and women, tourism and business groups working together to resolve this issue, it is also important to remember that there are many lakes in South Dakota accessible for fishing, boating and other recreational activities.”
In March, the South Dakota Supreme Court ruled that the State Legislature must determine whether and how the public may use non-meandered waters for recreational purposes. State leaders are encouraging anglers and boaters to stay informed as the legislative task force works toward a solution.
“Do your part to know what is happening with this issue, but don’t let this issue stop you from enjoying the great outdoor resources South Dakota has to offer. Fishing and boating add to our quality of life and it is important to spend time with family and friends outdoors,” said Hepler.
Hagen agreed, “Outdoor recreation is important to this state. Fishing alone accounts for $271 million spent across the state, but it is more than just dollars. I am from northeastern South Dakota and I know what fishing means to the businesses in the area. We have to make great summer time memories for families and anglers alike.”
For more information on the South Dakota Supreme Court ruling regarding recreational use of water over private property, visit http://gfp.sd.gov/fishing-boating/courtruling.aspx. Here you can also find a list of the 25 non-meandered lakes where access is currently restricted on department-managed boat ramps.
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