Coast Guard lifts boating ban on South Dakota waterways

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With the continued decrease in river flows, the Coast Guard granted South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard's request to rescind a ban on boating on the lower portions of the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers.

On Monday morning, the Missouri River was reopened downstream from Ponca State Park in Nebraska to the Iowa-Nebraska border, or river mile marker 734. In addition, the boating ban that was in effect for the Big Sioux River from the confluence of the

Missouri River upstream to Military Road in North Sioux City also was lifted on Monday.

“South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks personnel have surveyed those rivers and conclude that they can be safely opened for public use. However, boaters will need to exercise caution on those waters,” according to a statement from the governor’s office.