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Small Lakes Economic Study

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) and South Dakota State University (SDSU) have partnered to conduct a one-year study on the use and economic importance of small lakes across the state.

The seven lake study includes: Scott Lake and Lake Alvin near Sioux Falls; Brakke Dam, Fate Dam and Byre Lake near Kennebec and Presho; and New Underwood Lake and Curlew Lake near New Underwood.

GFP and SDSU personnel will interview anglers and other boaters using these waters throughout 2016.

The information will help to evaluate the use and value of the recreational areas and aid in the decision making process for these areas and other similar areas.

“We know outdoor recreation in South Dakota is important to our residents and visitors," said John Lott, GFP fisheries section chief. "We want more concrete information on the types of use, what anglers are harvesting and to know what users think of these small lakes. This survey information will serve as a strategic guide as we move forward.”