High water on the Missouri River through the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument is creating a hazard for those boating downstream.
The Virgelle Ferry and the Stafford-McClelland Ferry provide seasonal vehicle transport across the river within the boundaries of the monument. Those ferries have what are known as bridle cables, which keep them from drifting down the river.
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Mountain snowmelt and recent heavy rains have resulted in high water levels on the Missouri. That means the ferry safety cables are close to the water’s surface, posing a hazard to anyone traveling down the river in a boat, canoe or kayak. Travelers are advised to use extreme caution if they plan to be on the river near either ferry.
The Missouri River gauge near Landusky is reporting the water level at 24.8 feet Tuesday morning, with a level of 25.2 feet forecast by Thursday morning. Minor flood level on the Missouri at that location is 25 feet.