GFP News| State Parks. Portions of Three Waterways Close with High Flood Waters

September 13, 2019

State Parks, Portions of Three Waterways Close with High Flood Waters

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem has closed portions of three waterways in southeast South Dakota to recreational use because of flooding. The governor’s executive order comes as Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials have also closed several state park areas. Recent rainfall has caused local flooding, causing problems with roads, boat docks and sanitation systems, in addition to creating unsafe water conditions in some areas. 
The governor’s executive order bans all recreational uses on the Big Sioux River, Skunk Creek, and Split Rock Creek, including their tributaries, in the counties of Moody, Lincoln, Minnehaha, and Union and Lake Vermillion in McCook County. Noem signed the order Friday, effective immediately.
Some state park and recreation area are also closed due to flooding: 
Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon – Closed to all recreational activity 
Buryanek Recreation Area near Burke – Closed to all recreational activity 
Lake Herman State Park near Madison – Closed to all recreational activity
Lake Vermillion Recreation Area near Canistota – East unit closed, including campground, boat ramp and lake access points within that unit
Walker's Point Recreation Area near Madison – Park open, but modern bathrooms, dump station and boat ramp closed. Alternate access routes recommended, as SD Hwy 19 has been closed to travel.
Additional waters closed at this time include: 
Big Sioux River in Moody County
Lake Vermillion in McCook County 
“GFP is working with city and county emergency managers in these areas to keep people safe,” said Jeremy Roe, Regional Conservation Officer Supervisor. “It’s imperative that people stay off the water at this time and allow emergency responders to do their jobs.” 
If you have camping reservations during the closure, you will be contacted about a full refund for your stay. 
For more information on park closures, contact each park directly. Contact information can be found on


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