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  • It's Father's Day Free Fishing Weekend in South Dakota!
    It's Father's Day Free Fishing Weekend in South Dakota!

As we round out this work week, Father's Day is coming into view! If you're still stumped on what to get your old man, maybe sharing some quality time on the cool, clear waters of the Black Hills is the answer. If you're thinking so, the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department has just so happened to issue a free fishing weekend across the state in celebration of Father's Day—valid for both residents and nonresidents. To help encourage families to get active in local outdoor recreation, anglers will be free to fish without a license beginning at 4 p.m. MDT on Friday, June 16, through Sunday, June 18. It's also fitting that Sunday marks National Go Fishing Day. Is there really a better pastime to relax, reconnect, and spend time with family while enjoying the great outdoors?  Do note, a park entrance license is required to access boat ramps inside the boundaries of all South Dakota state parks and recreation areas as well as some lakeside use areas. For a list of lakeside use areas and those that require a park entrance license, visit For a complete map of South Dakota public fishing access sites, visit Sites that require a park entrance license or daily fee are posted as such.  

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Alicia is a South Dakota native with family roots in Beresford. She attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls—a year of which she spent studying in Norway and traveling throughout Europe. She acquired her degree in Sociology and International Studies. Despite her love of travel, she and her husband have thoroughly enjoyed making Rapid City their home. She satisfies her wanderlust by soaking up the beautiful scenery and historic treasures that the Hills have to offer. She is the Communications Director for Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association.

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