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GFP News: High Water Causes Closure at Lake Vermillion East Unit, Lake Herman Closed

September 13, 2019

High Water Causes Lake Vermillion's East Unit to Close

Flood waters have caused Game, Fish and Parks officials to close the east unit of the Lake Vermillion Recreation Area. This closure includes the east campground and east boat ramp, as well as access points on the south and east sides of Lake Vermillion. 
Recent rain fall has caused the secondary spillway to run which, by design, relieves heavy water pressure from the dam face on the lake.
“These types of events usually don’t restrict access for long,” said Derek Dorr, park manager. “However, recent rain fall to the north of our area will cause higher than normal runoff within the Vermillion River’s water shed area. We predict this runoff will keep the secondary spillway running for several more days, forcing us to close the east unit.”
Access to the west unit of the recreation area, including campgrounds, will not be affected. If you have camping reservations in the east campground during the closure, you will be contacted about a full refund for your stay.
Other questions can be directed to Derek Dorr at 605.296.3643 or Derek.Dorr@state.sd.us.

Lake Herman Closed due to High Flood Waters

Flood waters caused Game, Fish and Parks officials to close Lake Herman State Park. Water in excess of 12 inches is covering the main road into the park and is still rising. 
All campsite, camping cabin and picnic shelter reservations for arrivals through Sept. 16 are cancelled. 
“We are estimating up to two weeks for the water to recede,” said John Bame, park manager. “Hopefully, Lake Herman will be the only park we have to close, but we are keeping an eye on conditions. We will inform the public of any additional closures as soon as possible.”
 
If you have camping or picnic shelter reservations at Lake Herman for arrival on or before September 16, you will be contacted with options for changes or a full refund. 
Other questions can be directed to staff at 605.256.5003 or LakeHerman@state.sd.us. 

 

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