Game, Fish and Parks: Fish cleaning stations, some other park amenities to remain closed

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks is reminding anglers that fish cleaning stations at state parks, recreational areas, and fishing access areas are closed until further notice.

While angling is an excellent way to practice social distancing, fish cleaning areas can get crowded. Other shared spaces may also be closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, including modern restrooms and park visitor centers.

“We know this isn’t an ideal situation,” said Chris Hull, “but anglers are some of the most respectful and adaptive users out there. We appreciate the help now so these facilities will be ready to open as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

Anglers are encouraged to take their fish home to clean, or to bring fillet knives, zip lock bags for fillets and trash bags to dispose of fish waste properly.