Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: South Dakota
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

South Dakota Project

Social and Economic Impact of Fishing in Selected Small Lakes and Impoundments in Soth Dakota

July 2015 - August 2019


Participating Agencies

  • S.D. Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks expressed a need for information to estimate the economic impact of fishing in selected small lakes and impoundments. Over time many of these lakes will require very expensive habitat renovation projects to improve or maintain quality recreational services. Economic information of the value of fishing can help inform decisions regarding expensive habitat renovation projects. The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks selected 7 small lakes/dams in 3 different locations for the study. We collected angler use and expenditures used to estimate fishing pressure and total expenditures for each lake and type of fishing (shore, boat, and Ice fishing). This information is used to inform cost-benefit decisions on various types of small lakes/dams in South Dakota.

Presentations Presentation Date
Sundmark, A., and Gigliotti, L. M. 2018. Factors shaping the social value of small lakes to local communities in South Dakota. 148th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries society. August 20, Atlantic City, NJ. August 2019