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Missouri River's High Water Level Requires Caution

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds water recreationists along the Missouri River to be cautious of potential safety hazards due to high water levels.

Chief game warden Robert Timian said in addition to inundated sandbars, high flows can bring a stronger current, additional debris and the potential for boating traffic to create large waves on the shoreline.


“We’re asking all river users to be aware of the safety hazards that accompany high water, as well as issues involving private property,” Timian said. “With the high water level, debris such as floating logs will be found along the entire Missouri River System, including Lake Sakakawea.”


The high water level means that most of the river is useable for navigation, Timian said, so boaters should not have any problems maneuvering in the main channel.