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Boaters below Oahe and Gavins Point Dams urged to use extreme caution

PIERRE - With high water flows from the dams on the Missouri River, South Dakota's Game, Fish and Parks Department asks boaters to use extreme caution when out on the water.

PIERRE - With high water flows from the dams on the Missouri River, South Dakota's Game, Fish and Parks Department asks boaters to use extreme caution when out on the water.

"The high flows of water will be carrying great amount of debris, driftwood and fallen trees," said Assistant Wildlife Director, Emmett Keyser. "Boaters will need to be on constant watch, especially below Gavins Point, due to the large number of trees on the area islands and sandbars."

Boaters should also be aware of the three "No Wake Zones" that are currently being enforced.

1. From the Bad River to Oahe Dam, near Pierre

2. Below Gavins Point Dam, from Paddlewheel Point upstream to a line stretching from the electronic sign placed near the boat ramp in at the Nebraska Tailwaters Recreation Area to a similar sign on the Training Dike Recreation Area. At the point of the electronic signs, the river is closed to boating.

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3. Fifteen-mile portion of the lower reach of the Missouri River in South Dakota, beginning at the confluence of Big Sioux River (River Mile Marker 734) then upstream to the Rosenbaum Boat Landing (River Mile Marker 749)

Even if a posted no wake zone area is not present, boaters need to operate their vessels in a manner that is reasonable for the time, place and conditions. Just because you can't see any debris, doesn't mean there aren't dangers.

"Missouri River boaters should realize that the areas below all the Missouri River Dams will have high currents and rapidly changing conditions," said Keyser. "If people are taking their boats out for the first time for the year, or aren't very comfortable with their boats, these areas might not be the best places to go."

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