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High Water Impacts Boating, Swimming Facilities on Lake Francis Case

PIERRE, S.D. – According to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), rising water on Lake Francis Case is impacting facilities in state parks and recreation areas along the Missouri River.

The following areas in Charles Mix and Gregory counties are affected.

At North Point Recreation Area, the North Point Bay boat ramp will be useable in a limited capacity. Boaters may launch off the boat ramp parking lot through July 1. Beginning July 2, boaters should use St. Francis and Prairie Dog Bay boat ramps. The boater pump out station will temporarily be unavailable.

Portions of the bike trail are expected to be underwater at North Point and trail users may have to detour around sections of the path. All swimming beaches will have a limited amount of space. Campsites are not expected to be impacted.

Beaches at Pease Creek Recreation Area and South Shore Lakeside Use Area will have limited use space.

Whetstone Lakeside Use Area’s main boat ramp will be closed. A high water ramp is available on the north side of the main boat ramp parking lot.

The boat ramp at White Swan Lakeside Use Area will be usable in a limited capacity. Boaters may need to launch off the boat ramp parking lot.

Use will also be limited at the Snake Creek Recreation Area’s main boat ramp. A high water ramp is available south of the primary ramp if reservoir elevations allow. Beach areas at Snake Creek may not be available.

Conditions are subject to change with additional rainfall.

For more information, contact North Point Recreation Area at 605.487.7046 or Snake Creek Recreation Area at 605.337.2587.