Minneapolis Locks Closed to Recreational Traffic Due to High Water Flows

Lock and Dam 1, Minneapolis Photo: Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Lock and Dam 1, Minneapolis

October 06, 2017 02:39 PM

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday it was closing its Minneapolis locks to recreational vessels due to high water flows.

Flows of 30,000 cubic feet per second were reported Friday morning at the Lower St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam in downtown Minneapolis and Lock and Dam 1, located near Minnehaha Falls. And a release states flows are expected to climb throughout the next week.


According to the Corps' Mississippi Valley Division lock and dam regulation manual, locks are required to be closed to recreational traffic at 30,000 cfs because the high flows make conditions unsafe.

Commercial traffic would be shut down at 40,000 cfs.



Frank Rajkowski

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