South Dakota

Custer State Park to Host Snowshoe Hikes

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January 6, 2018

CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. – Custer State Park will be offering winter snowshoe hikes again this year in the months of January, February, and March.

The Game Lodge Snowshoe Hike will be held Saturday, January 13 and will guide participants through a pine forest overlooking Game Lodge Campground, near Grace Coolidge Creek. The two-mile hike is considered easy and will take nearly two hours to complete.

The hike will depart at 10 a.m. from the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center.  If there is enough snow, snowshoes are provided; however, reservations are required to checkout snowshoes by calling 605-255-4515.  If the amount of snow does not allow for snowshoeing, a guided hike will still be held.

There is no cost for participation in the hikes or snowshoe checkout; however, a park entrance license is required.

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, as temperatures in the Black Hills can be unpredictable. Any footwear can be used with snowshoes; however, waterproof hiking boots are recommended.

Custer State Park will host two other snowshoe hikes this winter.  The Lover’s Leap Snowshoe Hike will be held twice on February 10 at 10:00 a.m. and Noon.  The Sylvan Lake Snowshoe Hike will be held March 10 at 10:00 a.m.   Reservations for these hikes can also be made by calling 605-255-4515.

There is a snowshoe checkout opportunity until April 1, 2018.  Those interested in checking out a pair of snowshoes and hiking in various areas of the park can stop by the Custer State Park Visitor Center.  There is no charge to check out snowshoes.  The hours of the visitor center are 10am-4pm Monday – Friday and 9am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Snowshoes are not checked out the day of scheduled guided hikes.

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