The State Game, Fish, andDepartment is looking into expanding the at Custer State Park, but the plan could be met with opposition from private owners.
Officials claim that the camping facilities at the park are at 100% capacity from May until September.
According to a report, the group plans to add 176 campsites to Barnes Canyon.
Game, Fish, andSecretary Kevin Robling said that most campsites are reserved a year in advance.
“Those 12 months go by pretty quickly,” Robling says. “A lot of times, if you’re not on the system, 12 months out on midnight or 12:01 that day, you’re likely not going to have an opportunity to reserve a.”
The camping spaces available in this park from 345 to 521. There are 50 located in this park.of the would cost the state around 10 million dollars. If approved, it will increase
The possibility of an increase in the number of state-ownedis causing at least one nearby owner to worry about the future of their property.
Steve Saint owns Fort Welikit Familylocated right to the park’s south. He is also the president of the Owners Association.
He believes that theof the is good while is at its peak. However, Saint anticipates that will decrease in the next five years. The slowdown, he says, will negatively impact privately-owned within the region and not the park.
“The private state park doesn’t need to. Because in five years, that state park is still going to be full, and I’m going to have empty .”are stepping up to handle the influx,” Saint says. The
“How manyare going to go under because the state, in five years, finally when things start slowing down—we have direct competition?” Saint adds. “How many are going to go out of business because they’re not getting customers because they’re all going to Custer State Park?”
State lawmakers will discuss how to fund the campsites in the coming session. Gov. Kristi Noem stated in her budget speech this month that she was in favor of the proposed funding.