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Posted 6/30/2015

Release no. 20150630-001

Eileen Williamson

OMAHA, NE - With the upcoming holiday, rangers at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas across the Missouri Basin want to remind the public about a few rules and policies to help prevent fires, drowning, protect public safety and make for overall enjoyable recreation experiences during the holiday weekend and in the future.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks asks state park visitors to leave fireworks at home. 

“Combining fireworks and large numbers of people creates a dangerous situation,” said Doug Hofer, South Dakota state parks director. “We appreciate it when visitors do their part to help keep the parks safe and fun.”

Additionally, it is unlawful to possess or discharge fireworks of any kind on USACE property. Some locations have special fireworks displays that have been coordinated with USACE and local authorities.

Some of those events include:

  • Gavins Point Dam and Lewis and Clark Lake: Several activities are scheduled for the holiday weekend
  • Big Bend Dam and Lake Sharpe: The City of Chamberlain, SD, will host a fireworks display over the Missouri River beginning about 10:20 p.m.
  • There are several other displays scheduled across the State of South Dakota.
  • The State of North Dakota has also compiled a list of July 4th fireworks displays.

Despite recent heavy rain in some areas, other locations are experiencing drought conditions. Visitors are reminded that fires are only allowed in designated fire rings, fire places, grills or facilities specifically designated for this purpose. Local project offices will have detailed information regarding local fire bans or restrictions. 

Visitors are reminded that camping is limited to 14 days in a 30 day period and visitors must occupy their campsite daily.

Wear life jackets when on or near the water to include boating, bank fishing, dock fishing and other water recreation.

Lastly, be aware of concerns and laws related to preventing the spread of invasive species.