The Missouri River is back open for business.

The U.S. Coast Guard this week said the Missouri is open to all vessels all the way from St. Louis upstream to South Dakota, site of the Gavins Point Dam, the farthest downriver of the river major six flood-control dams.

The river was closed to traffic for much of the summer due to significant flooding, but the Coast Guard has for several weeks been opening different parts of the river.

The river is still high, and the Coast Guard advises caution, especially in the part of the river from St. Joseph to Rulo, Neb. The river is finally expected to fall below flood stage at St. Joseph on Saturday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to slowly cut releases at Gavins Point, which is near Yankton, S.D. Those releases were at about 50,000 cubic feet per second as of today, down from a record 160,000 cfs for much of the summer. Within a few days, releases are to level off at 40,000 cfs, a little higher than normal for the fall.