Missouri and Heart Rivers restricted to idle-speed-only in Bismarck-Mandan

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is putting in rules for the Missouri River, they are restricting river access, to idle-speed-only within 200 feet of the shoreline.

That includes the Missouri and the Heart rivers in Bismarck-Mandan.

The Game and Fish Department says this happened after consulting with officials from Burleigh and Morton County.

Terry Steinwand the G&F Director approved the proclamation putting the restrictions in place immediately. They say these restrictions will be in place until further notice.

On the Missouri River, the north boundary of the emergency rule is the power lines approximately 1,000 feet south of Steckel (Wilton) boat ramp, about 23 river miles norther of Bismarck. The southern boundary is MacLean Bottoms Wildlife Management Area boat ramp, which is 19 river miles south of Bismarck.

The emergency rules on the Heart River starts at the confluence of the Heart and Missouri south of Mandan, and extends upstream of ND Highway 6 bridge.

Idle-speed-only is defined as operating a boat of watercraft at the slowest speed possible necessary to maintain steerage.

River users are asked to use extra caution because of water hazards including a fast current and debris such as floating logs.

Complete text of the Emergency Special Boating Rule is noted below:

Under the authority of North Dakota Century Code 20:1-13-12(3) the undersigned Director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, makes the following emergency rule as follows: Idle speed only within 200 feet of the shoreline to be effective immediately and until rescinded for all vessels operating on the Missouri River between a point north of Bismarck where power lines cross the Missouri River approximately 1000 feet south of Steckel boat ramp north of Bismarck at latitude -100.939813 longitude 47.126875 then south to the MacLean Bottoms Wildlife Management Area boat ramp at latitude -100.635125 longitude 46.673215; and for all vessels operating on the Heart River from the mouth of the Heart River south of Mandan, ND  at latitude -100.842332 longitude 46.767616 then north and west to the Highway 6 bridge west of Mandan, ND at latitude -100.904960 longitude 46.814404.  Idle speed is defined as the slowest possible speed necessary to maintain steerage. Law Enforcement is exempt from this rule in the performance of their duties. Violations of this rule shall be non-criminal with a fee of $200.

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