To protect the public and limit further damage to homes and private property on and along the Vermillion River in Clay County, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has enacted a No Boating Zone. It went into effect at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28. The No Boating Zone will be in effect for the Vermillion River starting at the Highway 50 bypass and continuing downstream to the confluence of the Missouri River.
This order will be in effect until rescinded by the governor.
State law gives the governor authority to prohibit or restrict recreational use or navigation on any portion of a river, lake or stream in order to protect the public peace, health, or safety, according to Jeff Vonk, secretary of the State Department of Game, Fish and Parks.
�High amounts of rainfall and continued flooding in both the Vermillion and Missouri Rivers has created hazardous conditions for boaters and anglers. In addition, boat operation on these waters can cause unnecessary and additional damage to homes and other private property that are affected by flood waters,� Vonk said
�Fishing and boating are popular spring and summer family activities here in South Dakota,� Vonk said. �In addition to this closure, we are asking boaters and fishermen who plan to recreate on the Vermillion and Missouri Rivers to focus their activities to those areas where boating safety risks are reduced and impacts to private property will be more limited.�
A violation of the public waterway restriction is a Class 2 Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a fine of $500 or both.