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Park fees increase in South Dakota

December 31, 2019 GMT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The entrance fee for South Dakota parks will increase in the new year for the first time since 2014.

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks says fee increases will generate another $3 million in revenue to maintain and repair park amenities and roads and bridges, said GFP deputy secretary Kevin Robling.

“We need to make sure our parks are meeting the high standards of excellence that all our park visitors expect, now and for generations to come,” Robling said.

Annual licenses to state parks will be $36 with a daily fee of $8. In campgrounds, prime campsites will increase to $26, preferred sites to $23 and modern to $20. Fees for non-electric, tent-only sites will be going down in some cases. These sites will now be $15 statewide.

A 7-day motorcycle pass to Custer State Park will be $20.