North Dakota – Missouri River Boat Ramp Access

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High water levels on the Missouri River have closed or restricted access at virtually every public boat ramp from the Garrison Dam south to the Maclean Bottoms area, according to Bob Frohlich, North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries development coordinator.

“The high releases from the Garrison Dam are impacting everyone along the river, including boaters and recreationists,” Frohlich said. “With the exception of the Tailrace ramp, all ramps down to and including MacLean Bottoms will be effectively inoperable within the next week or by about June 1.”

Due to record flows forecasted well into summer, Frohlich said the affected public boating access areas will likely remain unusable for an extended time.

North Dakota Game and Fish Department plans to post ramp status updates as they occur on its website at, and will alert the public of any changes through a department press release.

In addition, an idle-speed-only restriction is in effect until further notice on the Missouri and Heart rivers in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

source: North Dakota Game and Fish Department