In today’s South Dakota socialism, you and I and all South Dakotans now own and operate the Roy Lake Resort. After five years of being rejected by the free market, longtime owner Jan Pitzl got government (that’s We, the People!) to buy the lakeside peninsular motel, cabins, and c-store. She even gave Game Fish and Parks a hefty discount:
No one came forward to offer the $1,195,000 she originally asked for the personal property and possessory interest in April 2015. The price kept coming down, but there still were no takers.
The Roy Lake State Park district office took over March 2. The resort is in the park, 10 miles southeast of Lake City or 25 miles north of Webster, on SD 10. Operations include watercraft rental, hotel and cabin reservations and a convenience store.
The department agreed January 31 to pay $449,000, according to Scott Simpson, director for the state Parks and Recreation Division.
Investing in a tourism venue may not make financial sense right now, but getting our mitts on the Roy Lake Resort right now, keeping it open for campers and boaters, and maintaining the property is a good investment in future recreational business, when we all have our coronavirus shots and can get out and enjoy the campgrounds and beaches in full force… maybe next year.