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After 17 years South Dakota and Nebraska solved Goat Island problem

Staff Writer | October 13, 2016
South Dakota has entered into a settlement agreement with the state of Nebraska and federal authorities to resolve a lengthy dispute over Goat Island, a 500-acre strip of land in the Missouri River.
Goat Island
Tourism and recreation   A 500-acre strip in the Missouri River
The ownership of Goat Island, located on the South Dakota-Nebraska border adjacent to Clay County, South Dakota, has been in dispute since 1999. Imprecise mapping and the Missouri River’s changing boundaries have previously made its ownership unclear.

Under the new agreement, the National Park Service will manage the island as part of the Missouri National Recreation River.

The National Park Service has had a number of conversations with the states of South Dakota and Nebraska about future management and plans to enhance the island’s recreation opportunities, protect its primitive resources and lead a cleanup effort.

The Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service intend to coordinate with the states of South Dakota and Nebraska regarding the development of desired future conditions and management of the island, including hunting opportunities.