Good news South Dakota pet owners, soon your dog and your cat might be able to join you for an overnight stay inside a cabin at a South Dakota State Park.

As a pet owner, I had no idea they weren't allowed in cabins and lodges inside state parks already. Good thing I didn't try to take my two hounds camping at Newton Hills, huh? It also shows you how often I go camping. I need to get a life and STAT!

According to, dogs and cats are allowed in South Dakota State Parks, however, they must be kept on a leash that is no longer than 10 feet at all times. If you are outside of your campground area, your pet must be under your immediate control and more than 200 feet away from other campers.

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So basically, your pet just can't wander around a state park unattended, nor are they allowed on any designated swimming beaches, or inside any state park building, like cabins, lodges, and comfort stations.

That soon could change if the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission reverses its stance on the current pet laws for state parks.

According to Dakota News Now, it's under consideration. The GFP commission is meeting on (November 3 and 4) to discuss that very topic.

Should they choose to amend the rules, Fido and Felix might soon be greenlighted to join you inside a South Dakota State Park cabin or lodge. That news should get their tails wagging!

Dakota News Now is also reporting that Game Fish and Parks is considering a second proposal to create a dog or cat accommodation fee of $10 per reservation per facility.

Pet owners who love to camp in South Dakota State Parks should know more soon. Until then, tell your pets to keep their paws crossed for good luck!

Source: Dakota News Now/

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The Ultimate Sioux Falls Visitor's Guide: A to Z

Sioux Falls has lots to explore; fun stuff for the whole family, food of every kind, educational opportunities, and more! If you have out-of-town guests visiting, show them around our city. Eat at places they've never eaten. Take them to places they'd never go. Take some great photos to post on social media (and don't forget the hashtag #HiFromSiouxFalls). We've even listed some cool hotels where they can stay if you don't have the room.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We call it the 'Sioux Empire.' It's the biggest city in the state with a population of nearly 200,000. We’re known for our namesake, Falls Park, along the Big Sioux River. Sioux Falls has received numerous accolades for its quality of life. We have been named the number one best place to rent in America. We’ve topped the list of Best States to Find a Job. Sioux Falls is the Best City in America for Young Professionals. 

We've appeared on lists such as Most Charming Small CitiesTop 10 Place to Raise Kids, and even ranked 10th in the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live. We have an abundance of achievements and you can see them on the Sioux Falls Development Foundation's website.

It's a pretty awesome city and that's why we think you should come and visit. If you're coming on business or pleasure, we've put together a list of places to go and things to see. We know you want to explore the attractions the city is known for like Falls Park, the Arc of Dreams, and the Sculpture Walk, but there's a lot more to see and do than just the touristy (that's really a word) stuff. The best places to go are where the locals go and we have a not your average, ordinary visitor's guide. 

Here's a list of over 100 things to do and places to go in Sioux Falls.

Click HERE for a list of all the places we mention and links to each one. Print it out or save it to your phone and use it as a reference when you're visiting. See you soon!



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