PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The west boat ramp at Farm Island Recreation Area is now open again. The polo field boat ramp has been under construction the past few months as the park wanted to expand the existing boat ramp and add a larger parking area for it. The improved boat ramp has two launching lanes and a new dock. The parking lot now accommodates up to 40 pickup-trailer units. The west ramp is for boaters who want to access the main channel of the Missouri River from Farm Island. Silt buildup from the 2011 flood cut off access from Hipple Lake to the main channel. Buoys are placed in the water near the west boat ramp to guide boaters to the main channel. Those that have questions can call Farm Island at 773-2885.
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