PALISADES STATE PARK

QUICK FACTS
»»Became a State Park in 1972
»» Size: Currently 167 acres
»»Annual visitation: 90,000 people
»»Campsites: 34
»»Camping Cabins: 6
»» Lodge: 1
»»Miles of Trail: 1.9
»»Bridge to King and Queen Rock hiking area
was built in 1908 and is on the National
Register of Historic Places.

NATURAL RESOURCE PRIORITY
Governor Noem and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) have made expansion and selected development of Palisades State Park a top priority for 2019. In a joint private-public partnership, GFP along with the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation (SDPWF) have secured land purchase agreements that will provide for park expansion and additional recreational opportunities. In Governor Noem’s 2019 legislative budget request, $500,000 was requested for additional park land development. The SDPWF has agreed to raise $1,600,000 to match this and GFP’s park expansion commitments.


DEVELOPMENT POSSIBILITIES
»»Approximately 70 new campsites
»» 4 miles of new hiking and biking trail
»» Picnic and day use areas
»»Additional access along Split Rock Creek
»»Water trail features like canoe/kayak launches
»»Archery trail »»Dog training area for exercising pets off-leash
»» Improved habitat and wildlife viewing opportunities
»»Educational and interpretive facilities

GETTING STARTED
$500,000 in general funds will serve as a critical challenge grant to generate public/private partnerships and donations to facilitate the development of key infrastructure and access to facilities. Master planning and public input for the property and improvements will take place in 2019. The first stage of development will include a new entrance road that will serve as the main access to the park. Landscape and habitat conversions will also take place. Infrastructure and utility needs will be implemented. Campground, trail, and other amenities will also be priorities. For the last several years the camping occupancy has reached 98-99 percent and it is not uncommon to meet several dozen hikers while on trails. It is also a destination for weddings and group events. The Sioux Falls metro area is experiencing significant growth in its population, economy and demands for public services and recreational opportunities. The demand for park services far exceeds its current capacity.

For information, please contact our office at 605.773.4503 or via email.