North Dakota boat ramp re-opens on Missouri River

BISMARCK, N.D. — The boat ramp at Garrison Dam tailrace reopened after being closed for two months due to high waters. Record-setting waters were in the lake above the dam on the Missouri River.

The US Army Corps of Engineers began cutting off the final five spillway gates on Wednesday in preparation for the Thursday opening. At one point, all 28 gates were raised and it was the first time in the dam’s history that they were opened to release floodwater.

Not all ramps on the river are open, roads to a campground downstream are scheduled to open on Sept. 6. Another ramp opened less than three weeks ago 11 miles downstream.

Boats queued up to enter the after the US Army Corps of Engineers reopened the ramps, and boat traffic was steady throughout the morning, according to The Bismarck Tribune. According to anglers, the fishing is the best it’s been in years.

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