South Dakota Rec Area Closings Updated

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June 3, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Three state recreation areas and several boat ramps in South Dakota have been closed due to high water releases from Missouri River dams, The Daily Republic, Mitchell, reported.

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 Francis Case.

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 open.

On Lake Oahe, all campgrounds and boat ramps, with the exception of the Thomas Bay and Peoria Flats boat ramps, are open.

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