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Some state boat ramps temporarily closed

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department, in cooperation with local county park boards, is closing Kimball (Desert) and Little Heart bottoms boat ramps along the Missouri River beginning Monday for reconstruction. Weather permitting, these two ramp projects should be complete by mid-October, according to a NDGFD press release.

The timing coincides with lower releases from Garrison Dam, resulting in lower river levels needed for ramp construction. Work includes extending the bottom end of each ramp, along with removal and replacement of deteriorated portions of existing ramps.

In addition, water recreationists are reminded the Hazelton boat ramp south of Bismarck is closed through today to pave a new parking and turnaround area. The ramp is scheduled to be open Friday.

Also on the Missouri River, boat ramp renovations at Sanger and Steckel (Wilton) have been complete and both ramps are open.

The boat ramp on Alkaline Lake (Kidder County) near Streeter is also scheduled for work. The ramp will be closed from Monday through early October to replace the existing metal and concrete plank with poured cement.