State parks publications aid planning

State parks publications aid planning If you pedal, paddle or simply amble through South Dakota state parks, six free brochures will help you plan your adventures.

Three canoe/kayak brochures provide details on canoeing and kayaking in South Dakota, including information on river mileage and access points.

The brochures focus on the Big Sioux River, the Missouri National Recreational River from Pickstown to Running Water, and on overall canoeing and kayaking in South Dakota. The Big Sioux River and the Missouri River brochures each include maps, as well.

Long-distance cyclists can explore the 11 bicycle tour routes highlighted in the S.D. State Parks Bicycle Tours booklet. Each route includes maps and narratives on the area and the route.

With the booklet, bicyclists can plan anything from a leisurely hour-long cruise to a more challenging three-day tour of the Missouri River.

History buffs can follow the route of Lewis and Clark with help from the Explore S.D. State Parks with Lewis and Clark brochure. The brochure highlights the adventure of the Lewis and Clark expedition that took place in or near what are now South Dakota state park areas.

Along the way, visitors can keep a journal of their physical activities in at least eight parks and receive a free pedometer from the S.D. Department of Health that measures miles walked or run.

Bird watchers, both beginners and experts, can utilize the Bird Watching Guide for S.D. State Parks booklet. The 28-page booklet outlines where and when birders can view unique bird species in state parks throughout South Dakota.

In addition to the best birding locations, readers will also find photos of birds and useful bird watching tips throughout the booklet. Also available is the Birding Checklist, the companion piece to the Bird Watching Guide.

The Birding Checklist lists the bird species found in South Dakota, including rare/accidental species, and the time of the year each can commonly be seen.

Each publication is produced in partnership with the S.D. Department of Health to promote healthy living through physical activity. The birding booklet and checklist were also sponsored in part by a grant from the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program.

These publications and others are available at your local state park or by contacting by phone (605) 773-3391 or by e-mailing parkinfo@state.sd.us. The bicycle tour booklet can also be downloaded from the state park's Web site at www.sdgfp.info/parks.

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