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Missouri River Re-Opens to Vessel Traffic

Post Date:06/11/2019 4:14 PM

Commercial and recreational operators are advised that the Missouri River is now open to all vessel traffic from Napoleon, MO (mile marker 330.0) to just north of Sioux City, IA (mile marker 750.0).

Vessel operators are advised that a slow no wake zone has been established around Plattsmouth, NE (mile markers 589.0 to 593.0) and also South Sioux City, IA (mile markers 728.0 to 734.0) due to ongoing concerns in these areas. 

Additionally, the Missouri River is currently at moderate or major flood level. For the safety of the boaters and to prevent impacts to local infrastructure, boating in these conditions is not recommended. Many counties, towns and communities are actively conducting flood fighting activities and recreational boating in areas of active flood fights can adversely impact these efforts.

The Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers are reminding all vessel operators that the river has not yet been completely surveyed for navigational hazards nor have Aids to Navigation been reestablished after the flooding. Mariners should use extreme caution when operating in these areas due to possible debris and unknown shoals.

To receive the latest information on this high water event, monitor marine VHG channels 14 and 16 or the Upper Mississippi River Port Directory at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/upper-mississippi-river-(st-louis). Notifications of hazardous conditions or marine casualties should be made to the Sector Upper Missisippi River Command Center at 314-269-2332 or 314-269-2463.

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