Use this application for: Events taking place on Game, Fish
and Parks-managed land or public waters that involve
50 or more people or 20 or more boats.
Application period: Applications for non-fishing events may be accepted at any time. Sponsors or organizers of fishing tournaments shall apply for a tournament permit no earlier than November 1 of the year proceeding the tournament and must apply at least 30 days prior to the tournament. Applications are processed as they are received.
This is an application. You request is not approved until a permit has been issued by staff.
Permits will not be issued if the event adversely impacts public use or conflicts with other scheduled events or programming. If you have questions or at any time want to check on the status of your application, please contact the Special Events Coordinator at 605.773.3391.
Eligibility: For groups or organizations in lieu of individual park entrance fees
for a private one-day event held at state parks or recreation areas. Available in
increments of $50 for every 50 people. Competitive events not eligible. Estimated attendance and payment in full
required at least 15 days prior to event. No refunds. Does not extend overnight.
If the event involves 200 or more participants, or if
the event is determined to involve a high risk of injury to participant or others,
liability insurance and waivers will be required. The above Event Organizer shall
not engage in the organized event without securing the following insurance coverage,
if required, and having said coverage approved by the Department of Game, Fish and
The Department’s approval or acceptance of above certificate
of insurance or waivers shall in no way release or relieve the Event Organizer from
any responsibility, liability or obligation. All insurance policies and Certificates
shall be issued only by companies licensed to do business in the State of
South Dakota and acceptable to the State. If the application is approved, it shall be the Event Organizer’s responsibility to
keep the coverage current and in force for the duration of the permit. Examples
of liability waivers acceptable to the State are available from the Department Site
Manager or the statewide Special Event Permit Coordinator.
The following conditions are agreed to by the Event Organizer and persons participating
in above described activity:
It is fully understood by the Event Organizer that this
application for permission to hold a special event on public water and/or land controlled
by Game, Fish and Parks is requested with full knowledge that the above-mentioned
conditions must be adhered to. Violation of the provisions of this application is a misdemeanor
and may result in revocation of this application and/or denial of future applications.
I agree to the conditions of this document.
I understand that this is an application and that my request is not approved until a permit has been issued by staff.