Boat ramps closed at Big Bend Dam with goal of stopping virus

Big Bend Dam
Water flows out of the spillway gates at Big Bend Dam at Fort Thompson Tuesday. (Chris Huber/Republic)

FORT THOMPSON — Six boat ramps at Big Bend Dam, near Fort Thompson, have been closed to help combat the spread of COVID-19, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The closure was announced and put into effect on Friday. Shore fishing is still allowed.

The Corps of Engineers and the Crow Creek Sioux and Lower Brule Sioux tribes worked to close the boat ramps. A press release says the following ramps are closed: Right Tailrace, Left Tailrace, Spillway Dike, Old Fort Thompson, Good Soldier and North Shore.

Lester Thompson, Jr., the Crow Creek Sioux chairman, told The Daily Republic recently he’s heard significant input from the Fort Thompson community that people are worried nonresidents are visiting the region and potentially spreading COVID-19.

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