Although Governor Daugaard pulled his funding request for land involved in the Spearfish Canyon State Park Proposal, master planning for Spearfish Canyon is still in the works, reports the Black Hills Pioneer.
A land swap involving U.S. Forest Service lands was necessary to begin the process of turning Spearfish Canyon into a state park. As reported by the Rapid City Journal, the proposal found little support from legislators and their constituents. Considerations for management of Bismarck Lake near Custer State Park and Spearfish and Roughlock Falls in Spearfish Canyon are currently being considered. Recreational use in these areas has continued to rise over the years.
Public meetings will continue to take place over the next six months. A meeting concerning Bismarck Lake and Spearfish Canyon specifically will occur in May, while the public comment period is slated to end in August.
To read previous news stories about Spearfish Canyon, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s online news archive. For more information on the canyon itself, check the Spearfish Canyon Foundation homepage.