South Dakota Public Camping Use Rose 10% in 2009
2009 was a record year for camping and visitation at state parks and recreation areas in South Dakota, according to The Associated Press.
State Parks Director Doug Hofer said the higher numbers came in spite of a shaky economy and higher park entrance fees.
Campground use increased 10% over 2008. Visitation at 60 parks and recreation areas increased 7% to 6.8 million.
The largest gains in camping and visitation were along the Missouri River and in western South Dakota.
Custer State Park in the Black Hills draws the most people – 1.8 million visitors last year. Lewis and Clark Lake near Yankton is second is visitation and tops in camping.