Majority of Mo. River state parks open

Despite the high water releases out of the Missouri River dams, the majority of the state recreation areas on the river remain open.

All parks on Lake Oahe are open and good fishing is being reported. There is a � mile stretch immediately north of the Oahe Dam where boating is banned. The West Shore boat ramp can still be used to access the lake. A buoyed channel marks a safe route for boaters using the West Shore ramp.

�In the immediate Pierre area, Farm Island and Oahe Downstream Recreation Areas are closed,� said State Park Director Doug Hofer. �But once you get out of the Pierre area, Lake Sharpe is useable for boaters and campers. There are no boating restrictions from Antelope Creek to the Big Bend dam and fishing in the West Bend Recreation Area has been great this spring.�

Currently all state recreation areas and boating access sites on Lake Francis Case are open from Chamberlain to Pickstown.

Lewis and Clark Lake is open to fishermen and boaters, and all state parks in the Yankton area remain open. Springfield Recreation Area is currently closed due to a flooded entrance road. Park staff is exploring an alternate route and hope to reopen the park next week. Boating has been banned from Gavin�s Point Dam to Sioux City.

Boaters are asked to use caution on all areas of the river system that are open to boating. �The high water has resulted in some floating logs, brush and debris that should be avoided,� said Hofer.

�Even though some stretches of the river are severely impacted, the majority of the recreation areas and boating access sites on Missouri River reservoirs are unaffected and open for business,� according to Hofer. Campers are encouraged to call 1.800.710.CAMP or go online to www.campsd.com to make campsite reservations.

All closures related to the Missouri River flood are posted on the Game, Fish and Parks website at http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/missouri-river-flood.aspx.

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