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Information meeting scheduled to discuss boating restrictions change to Lake Yankton

Published Aug. 3, 2017
YANKTON, S.D. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Gavins Point Project will be holding an information meeting on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 to discuss a proposal to change boating restrictions on Lake Yankton from electric motor only to no wake. The meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center, 55424 Highway 121, Crofton, NE. The center is located next to Crofton Lakeview Golf Course and above Gavins Point Powerplant.

There will be a brief presentation around 5:15 p.m. followed by an open house where people may ask questions or express opinions about the proposed boating restriction change.

Background: Lake Yankton is a 300 acre lake located just below Gavins Point Dam and adjacent to the Missouri River. The lake was formed during the 1952-1957 construction of Gavins Point Dam.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks are proposing a change in the “electric motors only” boating restriction on Lake Yankton to a “no wake” restriction. A change in the restriction would increase the boating access for fishing. This change would allow boaters to use gas-powered motors on Lake Yankton as long as the vessels were operated at no wake speed.

Gary Ledbetter

Release no. 17-077