Boat ramps closed due to flooding

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is offering an online service to keep anglers and boaters updated on boat ramp access.

Flooding conditions have closed several boat ramps around the state. Other boat ramps could go out of service depending on spring precipitation and runoff. Most of the current closures are in northeastern and north central South Dakota. Some ramps on Lake Francis Case could be temporarily closed later this spring and early summer.

 �With the long winter, anglers are anxious to get on the water, and they are going to want to know if and where they can launch their boats,� Bob Schneider, assistant director for the Division of Parks and Recreation said.

A new online service from the Game, Fish and Parks Department will highlight South Dakota boat ramp and fishing access information for boaters and anglers.

GFP has produced an online interactive map that highlights boat ramp locations and conditions, as well as fishing access points around the state. The map allows individuals to display boat ramps and then bring up a pop-up text to view pertinent site information.

Boat ramps are being monitored by GFP and the online map will be updated throughout the spring and summer.

Anglers may access the online information at http://gfp.sd.gov/fishing-boating/fishing-access.aspx.

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