SD: Lower Portion of the Missouri River in the Area of Dakota Dunes Declared “No Wake Zone”

PIERRE, S.D. – To protect the public and limit further damage to
homes and private property along the Missouri River, Governor
Dennis Daugaard has declared a 15 mile portion of the lower reach
of the Missouri River in South Dakota, beginning at the confluence
of Big Sioux River (River Mile Marker 734) then upstream to the
Rosenbaum Boat Landing (River Mile Marker 749) as a No Wake Zone,
effective at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2011.

This order will be in effect until rescinded by the
Governor.

State law gives the Governor authority to prohibit or restrict
recreational use or navigation on any portion of a river, lake or
stream in order to protect the public peace, health, or safety,
according to Jeff Vonk, Secretary of the State Department of Game,
Fish and Parks.

“Increased discharges through the mainstem reservoirs on the
Missouri River have caused the water levels on the lower portion
Missouri River to rise substantially. Motorboat usage of these
waters at other than a no-wake speed will cause unnecessary and
additional damage to both public and private property,” Vonk said.
“In addition, floating debris in these areas can cause substantial
safety hazards for boaters, so it is important that all boaters
operate in accordance with these restrictions.”

Fishing and boating will be popular family activities this
coming weekend,” Vonk said. “We are asking those boaters and
fishermen who plan to use this lower stretch of the Missouri River
to show consideration to homeowners who are being impacted by high
water flows.”

Notices of the No Wake Zone will be posted at boating access
sites in the affected area along the Missouri River. A violation of
the public waterway restriction is a Class 2 Misdemeanor,
punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a fine of $500 or both.

 

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