High Water in Lake Will Spur Boating, Camping
For the first time since 2001, the water on Lake Oahe –a major recreational area in the center of the state created by the dammed waters of the Missouri River — has reached a level high enough to open all 25 state-maintained boat ramps.
The last ramp on Lake Oahe became operational on Monday (April 20) at Okobojo Point, according to OutdoorDailyNews.com.
The changes will spur boating and camping at public and private parks in the region.
“Fisherman and boaters will be amazed at the change in water levels when they return to Lake Oahe this year,” said Doug Hofer, state park director. “The lake level is already above normal, and has raised 23 feet since last year. And it’s still rising.”
Hofer anticipates good fishing and lots of visitors to the state parks and recreation areas on Lake Oahe. The following campgrounds on Lake Oahe take camping reservations 90 days prior to arrival: Cow Creek Recreation Area near Pierre, Farm Island Recreation Area near Pierre, Indian Creek Recreation Area near Mobridge, Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Pierre, West Bend Recreation Area southeast of Pierre and West Whitlock Recreation Area west of Gettysburg.