PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Construction crews were scheduled to start work this week on an improvement project at the west boat ramp at Farm Island Recreation Area. The project will improve the existing boat ramp there and add a new parking area. Ryan Raynor, District Park Supervisor says silt build-up from the 2011 flood cut off access from Hipple Lake to the main channel. He says work that will be done at the west boat ramp will help boaters who want to reach the main channel of the river from Farm Island. Visitors to Farm Island should know that the gravel road that accesses the west boat ramp and the Farm Island trailhead on Lewis and Clark trail will be closed during the project. The work will not affect the Lewis and Clark Trail, however. Raynor is asking park users to stay out of the area during construction, because heavy equipment will be present. The project should be complete sometime early next month.
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