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South Dakota Governor Lifts No-Wake Zone on Lake Sharpe

Pierre, S.D. – The no-wake zone that was established on the upper reaches of Lake Sharpe to protect shoreline homes and private property from flood waters has been rescinded by Gov. Dennis Daugaard, effective immediately.

The no-wake zone affected just those waters located between the island immediately upstream from the railroad bridge between Pierre and Fort Pierre and the western shore of the Missouri River. Buoys that had marked the no-wake zone have been removed.

High water levels caused by summer flooding have receded enough that damage to homes and property is no longer a concern on that portion of Lake Sharpe.

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department officials are asking boaters to remain cautious, however, because higher than normal water levels, changes in the river channel, sandbars, underwater hazards and floating debris may persist on portions of the Missouri River.

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