Dear Friend of South Dakota Tourism,

This is a quick email to let you know that despite the flooding crisis facing the river cities of Pierre/Fort Pierre and Dakota Dunes in South Dakota, the rest of the state is in great shape to welcome visitors who are making South Dakota their family vacation destination. Please click on this link to view a tourism video message from South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv293g5xQrs

As our Governor stated a few days ago, we do not want to minimize the impact of the flooding in the river cities of Pierre/Fort Pierre and Dakota Dunes. We are facing a significant challenge with flooding along the Missouri River in these areas. But we have had inquiries from folks wondering if it is okay to continue with their vacation plans to South Dakota and our answer is, ‘Absolutely’! Our major highways and interstates are not affected by the controlled flooding, and the state is open for tourism business!

Fishing and boating is as good on the river and on our lakes as it has been and hundreds of campsites are available. All boat ramps and campgrounds north of Pierre/Fort Pierre on Lake Oahe remain open, and the same is true for Lewis and Clark Lake in Yankton. We encourage visitors who have questions about any vacation plans along the Missouri River to check the websites of the South Dakota Departments of Tourism (www.TravelSD.com) and Game, Fish and Parks (www.gfp.sd.gov) for the latest information. Please contact your hotel/motel, campground or fishing resort before leaving on your trip to check on the latest information.

Our visitor industry is geared up and ready to welcome our visitors with the flair of friendship and hospitality that only South Dakotans can provide. From Sioux Falls to Sisseton, Aberdeen to Akaska, Mobridge to Murdo, and throughout the northern and southern Black Hills, our visitor attractions and events are ready to roll out the red carpet for our guests.

All the best,

Jim

James D. Hagen, Secretary

Department of Tourism