SD State Park Revenue Down From 2018

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Revenue from South Dakota state parks and recreation areas was down 4% from 2018. Final numbers from the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission show fewer paid visitors and campers.

Parks division Al Nedved attributes the attendance downturn to rain and flooding last year that closed many state campgrounds for varying lengths of time and left some inaccessible. The lower Francis Case area campgrounds were off 59%.

The drop in parks revenue follows the announcement in November that revenue from hunting and fishing licenses was down more than a million dollars from 2018, with the rain and flooding getting the vast majority of the blame for that as well.

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