No-wake zone lifted on Missouri River in Bismarck area

September 18, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department has rescinded a no-wake zone that was put in place on the Missouri River earlier this summer to reduce bank erosion in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

The agency in late June restricted boats and other watercraft within 200 feet of the shoreline to idle speed only on a stretch of the river from about 23 miles north of Bismarck to about 19 miles south of the city.

It was prompted by high river levels due to higher-than-normal releases from Garrison Dam upstream because of a large amount of runoff in the basin. The penalty for violating the restriction was a $200 fine.

The rule was lifted Monday.

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