Game, Fish and Parks Proposes New Rules for Water Safety
Pierre, S.D. – The Game, Fish and Parks department proposed
water safety changes on lakes in four counties at its commission
meeting last week.
Areas include South Shore Lakeside Use Area on Lake Francis Case
in Gregory County, the Spring Creek Marina on Lake Oahe in Hughes
County, Cedar Shores Marina on Lake Francis Case in Lyman County,
and Long Lake in Lake County.
The following changes are recommended:
South Shore Lakeside Use Area –The shoreline along this area is
very popular with boaters and jet skiers, and receives heavy
weekend use. An area extending 300 feet along the shoreline and 150
feet out from the water’s edge is proposed as a no wake zone. Boats
and jet skies are required to operate at low speeds within the no
Spring Creek Marina on Lake Oahe, 25 miles north of Pierre – The
waters within the newly constructed Spring Creek Marina would be
classified as a no wake zone and a no swimming zone. In addition,
the waters within the old Spring Creek Marina would be designated
as a no swimming zone. A very busy public boat ramp is located
within the old marina area making it unsafe for swimmers.
Long Lake in Lake County – The no wake zone designation would be
lifted during July and August to allow for skiing and boating
activities in the area. It is not recommended that the no wake zone
be lifted year-round due to the disruption of nesting waterfowl in
the spring and the impact on hunting in the fall.
Cedar Shores Marina on Lake Francis Case north of Oacoma – There
is no existing public water safety zone designated to protect boats
that are berthed inside the marina. The department would enact a no
wake zone on the waters within the Cedar Shores Marina.
A public hearing and finalization on the department’s
recommendations will be held March 5 in Fort Pierre.