Updated: 06/19/2014 3:21 PM
Created: 05/26/2014 10:44 PM KSTP.com
By: Ellen Galles
The high water levels in rivers, creeks and lakes across the Twin Cities are prompting a warning from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The St. Croix River is among the Twin Cities metro area rivers that's running fast. The boat launch is unusable because of the high water creeping onto the shore.
Prior Lake is about a foot higher than usual, according to the water patrol.
That can problematic; even if you think you know a lake well, things that are normally visible like rocks, trees and other debris could be hidden right below the surface of the water.
Officials say the summer-like temperatures have been great, but they say you should keep in mind the water temperature isn't there yet. In most places it's still 55-60 degrees, which can be dangerous if you go in unexpectedly.
Last year in Minnesota, there were 13 boating fatalities. So far this year, there has been one.