Dry Conditions Prompt Restrictions at Belle Fourche Reservoir

Media Contact: Patience Hurley, (701) 221-1204, phurley@usbr.gov
Jay Leasure, (605) 394-9757 ext. 3011, jleasure@usbr.gov

For Release: July 11, 2017

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Reclamation and South Dakota Game Fish and Parks today implemented fire restrictions for specific activities at Belle Fourche Reservoir; including Rocky Point State Recreation Area. Restrictions are necessary due to the continued dry weather conditions and the fire restrictions enacted by Butte and Meade Counties. The following restrictions apply to Belle Fourche Reservoir, Rocky Point State Recreation Area and all surrounding lands managed by Reclamation:

  • No campfires are allowed
  • Cooking is allowed only in elevated grills or stoves using propane gas
  • Vehicle access; including ATV’s, side-by-sides, and dirt bikes is allowed only on designated roads

To report a fire on the reservoir lands, call 911. To report a violation of these restrictions, contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office at 605-892-3324.

These restrictions are in effect until further notice. For more information regarding these restrictions or other issues pertaining to Belle Fourche Reservoir, call Jay Leasure, Rapid City Office, Bureau of Reclamation, 605-394-9757 ext. 3011. For questions related to Rocky Point Recreation Area, contact Brad Nelson, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks at 605-641-0023.

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