GFP: Restaurant, store and marina at Oahe Downstream won’t open this year

May 3, 2018 GMT

The Oahe Marina and Resort at the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area won’t be opening in 2018, owner Steve Rounds and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department announced Wednesday in a news release.

Rounds cited his struggles to recover from the 2011 flood as the reason for his decision to close the restaurant, convenience store and marina he operates under a concessions lease with GFP at the state-managed recreation area. Current reservations for the resort’s cabins will be honored for 2018 but no new reservations will be taken, the release said.

“This has been a difficult decision to close the Marina,” Rounds said in the release. “The 2011 flood dealt a devastating blow that has been hard to overcome. The Pierre and Ft. Pierre communities have been great supporters of the Marina for years and I thank them for that.”

The Game, Fish and Parks Department operates three campgrounds and maintains the boat ramp at the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area so camping and boat launching won’t be affected by the resort’s closure, nor will day use of the park, according to the release.

“This is an unfortunate situation,” Katie Ceroll, Director of the Division of Parks and Recreation said in the release. “We want residents and visitors to know that the Department remains committed to maintaining public access to the Missouri River at the marina.”

Ceroll also said in the release that GFP has yet to determine long term management objectives for the resort and marina facilities.

The long term management objectives of the onsite resort facilities are yet to be determined.”

According to the release, Rounds intends to hold an auction at the Marina on June 4, 2018.