BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department is cautioning water enthusiasts to beware of potential safety hazards due to high water levels on the Missouri River.
Chief Game Warden Robert Timian says high water can inundate sandbars, and bring a stronger current, additional debris and the potential for boating traffic to create large waves on the shoreline.
The river level is expected to remain high through the summer due to higher-than-normal releases from Garrison Dam upstream because of a large amount of runoff in the basin. May runoff into Montana’s Fort Peck and North Dakota’s Lake Sakakawea reservoirs was the second-highest on record.
Timian says the high water level means that most of the river is useable for navigation, so boaters shouldn’t have any problems maneuvering in the main channel.