SD: Majority of Missouri River State Parks Open
PIERRE, SD – Despite the high water releases out of the Missouri
River dams, the majority of the state recreation areas on the river
All parks on Lake Oahe are open and good fishing is being
reported. There is a ½ mile stretch immediately north of the Oahe
Dam where boating is banned. The West Shore boat ramp can still be
used to access the lake. A buoyed channel marks a safe route for
boaters using the West Shore ramp.
“In the immediate Pierre area, Farm Island and Oahe Downstream
Recreation Areas are closed,” said State Park Director Doug Hofer.
“But once you get out of the Pierre area, Lake Sharpe is useable
for boaters and campers. There are no boating restrictions from
Antelope Creek to the Big Bend dam and fishing in the West Bend
Recreation Area has been great this spring.”
Currently all state recreation areas and boating access sites on
Lake Francis Case are open from Chamberlain to Pickstown.
Lewis and Clark Lake is open to fishermen and boaters, and all
state parks in the Yankton area remain open. Springfield Recreation
Area is currently closed due to a flooded entrance road. Park staff
is exploring an alternate route and hope to reopen the park next
week. Boating has been banned from Gavin’s Point Dam to Sioux
Boaters are asked to use caution on all areas of the river
system that are open to boating. “The high water has resulted in
some floating logs, brush and debris that should be avoided,” said
“Even though some stretches of the river are severely impacted,
the majority of the recreation areas and boating access sites on
Missouri River reservoirs are unaffected and open for business,”
according to Hofer. Campers are encouraged to call 1.800.710.CAMP
or go online to www.campsd.com to make campsite reservations.
All closures related to the Missouri River flood are posted on
the Game, Fish and Parks website at