PICKSTOWN — The Randall Creek Recreation Area near Pickstown could be ready for campers as early as mid-May, according to officials from South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.

The campground has been closed since last March due to work being done on the bridge leading to the campground. The bridge has been unusable since then due to flood damage that occurred during the heavy rains last spring, although the day-use area and board ramp remained open and accessible to vehicles since that time.

“We’re excited to get back into the campground, and we know our visitors are, too,” Jon Corey, district park supervisor, said in a press release. “The wet conditions and flooding hit everybody pretty hard last year. We’re all looking forward to a well-deserved summer of camping, fishing and roasting marshmallows.”

While work on the bridge is expected to be completed by Memorial Day weekend, the park is not yet taking reservations.

“Normally, reservations open 90 days before arrival,” Corey said. “Reservations for mid-May arrivals start opening right about now, but we’re going to hold off opening them up just yet. We want the construction crew to get a good start, and we’ll evaluate in mid-March. That will allow us to make a better determination about May and June availability.”

Reservations at Randall Creek for arrivals before June 19 will open once a solid completion date can be determined. Visitors can follow the construction project on the park’s Facebook page at facebook.com/NorthPointRandallCreek. Visitors can also sign up for email notifications about reservations opening by contacting parkinfo@state.sd.us.