Unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs are being banned within the boundaries of the Missouri National Recreational River on the Nebraska-South Dakota border. The ban follows suit with federal policy on the remote-controlled aircraft.
Rick Clark is the superintendent of the area and says the decision protects the purposes of national parks.
Clark says, “Our purpose and intent is to avoid any conflict with visitor use within national parks, including the Missouri National Recreational River where people are going for solitude, recreation.”
Clark says the ban includes any aircraft that are remotely operated, such as drones or model airplanes. The ban will be in effect until more research is done.
“In the future, that’s not known at this time,” Clark says, “but until a more thorough evaluation can be conducted and completed, the ban will be in effect across the board and effecting all categories of unmanned aircraft.”
Clark says a full copy of the ban can be found on the recreational area’s website and at the park headquarters in Yankton.
The Missouri National Recreational River covers a 59-mile section of the Missouri River between Gavins Point Dam and Ponca State Park and a 39-mile section between Fort Randall Dam and Niobrara, Nebraska.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton