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On May 1st of 2018 my children and I walked the trails of Hiddenwood State Park noting the signs of Spring. With a sudden outburst of laughter my son reminded me of the time I had cut my hand hanging blue bird boxes there, and had had to get stitches. It was a normal for us to be amateur naturalists out at the lake. We had spent every summer since my children were small catching tadpoles and turtles with packs of their friends in ecology outings. In previous years, we had built duck boxes and counted dragon fly larvae and crayfish under the rocks along the shore. Many of the children in our community have dissected owl pellets or eaten wild plums thanks solely to the unique environment that Hiddenwood provided us.
The storm that hit the area the evening of May 17th, 2018 caused major flooding throughout the northern half of our state. The runoff that rushed into Lake Hiddenwood was too much for the earthen dam/ bridge and by daylight people whose rural homes are on the flood plain were trapped by water. South Dakota not only lost one of it's best hidden gems, but roads and pasture lands for many miles were submerged. One hundred year old trees were carried like match sticks and left in fields. On May 20th of 2018, my sons and their friends were catching fish that were swimming desperately across country roads. The repercussions of the missing dam are still being felt by farmers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
Before May 18th, Hiddenwood was the location of camping trips, kayaking and Boy Scout outings. There were inumerable weddings and graduation parties and family reunions. It was the spot for the kids fishing tournament and earlier on -the annual "Winter Madness", which always had a bon fire and iceskating, hot chocolate and sleds. Every single person in our community has a favorite Hiddenwood memory that represents family or discovery.
At a time when economic pressures are felt by every agency, few suffer more than the entities responsible for our parks. One needs only to see how parks close first during a government crisis to understand how precariously our best spaces are being financially kept. As a rural park, Lake Hiddenwood isn’t high on the priority list of an already overly taxed system. The funding to fix the campgrounds and the playground will become available, but the monies to build another road that will allow us to access these areas are simply aren't available. That is why a group of passionate outdoor enthusiasts have started the Lake Hiddenwood Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 corporation. Every donation is tax deductible and will go directly towards building the road that will help us reopen Hiddenwood State Park. For my kids, the discovery had just begun. With your help the adventure will continue for our entire community. Thank you in advance for your support!
Lake Hiddenwood Foundation, Selby SD