South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed into law new rules governing the use of lakes on private land for recreation that lawmakers approved during a special legislative session.
After some disagreement between the House and Senate, both chambers ultimately voted in favor of the bill during the special session.
Daugaard says signing the bill opens up tens of thousands of acres of waters to public recreation while also respecting the property rights of landowners.
The law restores access to nearly 30 lakes for public recreation hampered after a recent state Supreme Court decision.
The measure also says that other lakes on private property are open for recreational use unless a landowner installs signs or buoys saying an area is closed.