Fireworks not allowed at Belle Fourche Reservoir
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Bureau of Reclamation is reminding the public that fireworks are not allowed on Belle Fourche Reservoir lands including Rocky Point State Recreation Area, Belle Fourche Dam, and any lands directly managed by the Bureau of Reclamation.
Federal regulation restricts the possession or use of fireworks on Reclamation lands and water-bodies.
“The permanent reservoir-wide restriction allows for more consistent law enforcement and greatly reduces the risk of fire at the reservoir,” said Dakotas Area Office Manager Joe Hall.
The risk of fires associated with fireworks has been a concern for many years because of the danger to visitors and adjacent landowners.
The reservoir’s large size and many remote locations often make it difficult for emergency personnel to respond quickly.