PIERRE, S.D. – Three state recreation areas and several boat
ramps in South Dakota have been closed due to high water releases
from Missouri River dams. Boating bans have been put in place from
Oahe Dam to Antelope Creek on Lake Sharpe and from Gavins Point Dam
to Sioux City.
Farm Island Recreation Area at Pierre was closed late last week,
and the campgrounds at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area closed on
Tuesday, May 31.
“West Bend Recreation Area, located farther downstream on Lake
Sharpe, has not been affected by the releases,” said Assistant Park
Director Bob Schneider.
All state recreation areas on Lake Francis Case remain open at
this time, he said.
“We anticipate some flooding to parks in the Platte and
Pickstown areas later this month,” added Schneider.
Due to potential flooding, new camping reservations for the
summer will not be taken at North Point Recreation Area near
Pickstown or Buryanek Recreation Area west of Platte on Lake
Springfield Recreation Area and boat ramp on Lewis and Clark
Lake are closed.
Lewis and Clark, Pierson Ranch and Chief White Crane Recreation
Areas near Yankton are fully operational. All campgrounds there,
and the Lewis and Clark marina, resort and restaurant remain
On Lake Oahe, all campgrounds and boat ramps, with the exception
of the Thomas Bay and Peoria Flats boat ramps, are open.
For current information about the effect of high Missouri River
flows on riverside parks, visit the South Dakota Department of
Game, Fish and Parks website.