Two Flooded South Dakota Campgrounds to Reopen

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August 19, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Campgrounds near Pierre and Platte, S.D., will reopen next week after being closed due to the Missouri River flooding, the Rapid City Journal reported.

Visitors to the Farm Island Recreation Area near Pierre in the center of the state and Platte Creek Recreation Area downstream near Platte can bring campers beginning Aug. 24.

"The water is going down on the Missouri River, and we are able to open some campsites," state Park Director Doug Hofer said in a news release. "As releases from the Missouri River dams continue to decline, more park facilities will become available."

Comfort and dump stations will not be opened because of lingering effects of the flood, but vault toilets and a water hydrant will be available.

Campground hosts said fishing has been good in the area, and the Platte Creek boat ramp and fish-cleaning stations are open.

Camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis at both locations.

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