Current Conditions

Large volumes of water flow out the gates of the Gavins Point Dam.
Be cautious if you plan to be on the river; current flow from Gavins Point Dam as of October 2019 is running at 80,000 cubic feet per second.

NPS Photo.

When traveling the river please be aware of snags, stumps, sandbars, and floating debris. Always wear a life vest (personal floatation device) when on the river. Swimming in the river is discouraged because of unpredictable currents.

 
 

39 Mile Reach - Fort Randall Dam to Running Water, SD

The 39-mile reach begins immediately downstream from Fort Randall Dam at Pickstown, South Dakota, and continues to Running Water, South Dakota. Flows on this reach are influenced by controlled releases from Fort Randall Dam. The water discharge rate can change hourly. The normal rate of flow is 3 to 5 mph.

Fort Randall
Find water flows and temperatures within the Useful Links box located on the right side of the page.

 

59-Mile Reach - Gavins Point Dam to Ponca State Park

The 59-mile reach stretches from about one mile below Gavins Point Dam to Nebraska's Ponca State Park. Gavins Point Dam regulates water flow on this reach of the river. The river channel follows a winding course. There are many snags and sandbars.

Gavins Point Dam
Find water flows and temperatures within the Useful Links box located on the right side of the page.

Note: 16,000 CFS indicates low water, over 40,000 indicates very high water.

 

Additional Information


Missouri River Water Information Portal for entire reach of the Missouri River from Montana to Missouri.

Current and Predicted River Conditions in the Middle Missouri River Basin from the National Weather Service.

Last updated: October 1, 2019

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Mailing Address:

508 East 2nd Street
Yankton, SD 57078

Phone:

(605) 665-0209

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