PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Parks officials say that the trail system on LaFramboise Island near Pierre was not impacted by last year’s flood as badly as the trails at the old Farm Island east of town. LaFramboise Island is connected to Pierre’s southern shoreline by the causeway; but that structure was extensively damaged by high river waters in 2011 and the island has not been accessible to walkers and bikers-since before flood waters began to rise last year. Doug Hofer, Director of the Game, Fish and Parks Department’s Parks and Recreation Division says officials have checked over LaFramboise for damage and believe its higher elevation saved it from worse damage.
Hofer says after the causeway is repaired, cleanup at LaFramboise Island will get underway in earnest.
Hofer says there are some downed trees and some sand deposits on the island, but believes the LaFramboise Island Nature Area will be open for outdoors enthusiasts next year.
Hofer says the Game, Fish and Parks Department will be meeting with the Corps and Pierre officials as the parking area at LaFramboise is reworked during the rebuilding of the causeway.
Parts of LaFramboise Island were submerged in last year’s flood. Hofer says however that the damage isn’t bad-compared to sand dunes and trees that now are found on the trail system on the original Farm Island-where river currents rushed across the land last year.
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