PIERRE, S.D. – Due to flood waters impacting homes and property, a temporary restriction on the use of motorized boats on Swan Lake in Turner county, southwest of Sioux Falls, is effective immediately. This has been an official order made by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks secretary, Kelly Hepler.
State law gives the department secretary, as the governor’s designee, the authority to prohibit or restrict recreational use or navigation on any portion of a river, lake or stream in order to protect the public peace, health or safety.
The temporary restriction is in effect through July 3, 2018, but could be rescinded earlier if the situation allows.
“This temporary order was put in place at the request of homeowners who live on Swan Lake as a means to protect private property that is now inundated by high water,” said Emmett Keyser, regional wildlife supervisor for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. “Many of these homeowners have landscaping and other structures under water due to recent heavy rains in the Swan Lake watershed. Once the waters recede and safety is no longer a threat to recreational users, we will request that the declaration be revoked.”
A violation of a public waterway restriction is a Class 2 Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a fine of $500, or both.