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Corps of Engineers reopens Minneapolis locks for recreational traffic

Published June 7, 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, reopened its locks at Lower St. Anthony falls and Lock and Dam 1, both in Minneapolis, to recreational traffic June 5.

The locks were closed to recreational traffic May 24 due to high flows from the spring snowmelt. It’s Corps policy to close these locks to recreational traffic once the river flow exceeds 30,000 cubic feet per second.

Joe Minnis, lockmaster for the two locks, urged boaters to continue exercising caution and being vigilant when boating in the area. Submerged logs and other debris below the water’s surface can cause severe damage to water craft and passengers. He also reminded everyone to be smart while on the water and to always wear a life jacket.

Vessels are locked through the two locks during service hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

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Release no. 19-047