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No water falling from iconic Minnesota waterfall

KSTP
Updated: July 20, 2021 11:44 PM
Created: July 20, 2021 10:27 PM

One of the state's most-visited waterfalls doesn't have water falling from it.

Two Harbors' Gooseberry Falls State Park's biggest attraction is its waterfalls, but to start the week, one of its lower falls was dry.

It's actually not uncommon, but the timing is what's unusual. Park officials say it's early for it to be this dry, and more rain is needed to bring the water flow back.

"We're going to need some prolonged rain events that provide enough rainfall at one time but not so fast it runs off," said Nick Hoffman, assistant park manager for the state park.

"Last year we were abnormally dry and again this year we're abnormally dry, so the two years combined have had these cumulative effects," he added.

Hoffman said the drought has caused particular stress on trees. If the area doesn't get more rain this summer, the trees may start to change earlier than normal.

The current drought conditions are not just affectting the North Shore. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of July 15, all of Minnesota was in some kind of drought.


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