Elkhorn access opens: Boaters can now get on the Elkhorn River at Graske Crossing, which is near West Dodge Road, according to the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District. Graske Crossing is the second Elkhorn River access to reopen in September. The West Maple Road access, about 2.5 river miles upstream of Graske Crossing, opened two weeks ago. Both were damaged by flooding. Farther upstream, the Elkhorn Crossing Recreation Area, near 252nd Street and Bennington Road, remains closed for repairs. No reopening date has been set. Graske and the West Maple access parks will close for the season Nov. 1, the NRD said. The parks are for day use only.
Flows stabilize sooner: The amount of water being released from Gavins Point Dam will reach 40,000 cubic feet per second four days earlier than projected, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. The corps said releases are being accelerated so that outflows from the dam will reach that level on Sunday instead of Oct. 6. Spokesman Kevin Grode said dry weather has allowed the corps to move faster. The normal fall release rate is about 35,500 cfs. The agency has been reducing flows from the dam since Aug. 19.
Fishing at Gavins Point: The Army Corps of Engineers is again allowing bank fishing in the tailrace below Gavins Point Dam. Anglers are advised to use caution along the banks because rocks close to the water's edge may be slippery. Boat ramps are also open.
Boating OK above Gavins Point: The Army Corps of Engineers cleared up confusion on boat use on the river between Gavins Point Dam and Fort Randall Dam. Tom Curran of the corps said the river is open to boating along that stretch and was never officially closed. However, when water was high, the only boat access was on Lewis and Clark Lake. The Randall Creek ramp on the South Dakota side opened Sept. 2, he said. It had been closed because of the high water coming from the dam.
World-Herald staff writers Nancy Gaarder and Kevin Cole