ST. PAUL, Minn. –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, has temporarily closed its boat landing at the Leech Lake Recreation Area in Federal Dam, Minnesota, due to safety concerns for its staff, visitors and the local community.
Boaters can still access Leech Lake via several additional public landings. Please visit the Minnesota DNR LakeFinder website (https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/index.html) to find more options.
In previous years, the site has seen 200-300 boats on opening of fishing and, due to the nature of the boat access, there is no way to keep the recommended 6-foot social distance requirement as recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Corps regrets any inconvenience caused by these closures; however, protecting the safety and health of our staff, visitors and the local community is our top priority.
The site will remain closed through at least May 17, which coincides with the Minnesota Governor's Emergency Executive Order 20-48, "Extending and Modifying Staying at Home Order," and is consistent with Emergency Executive Order 20-38, "Allowing for Safe Outdoor Recreation." The Corps will reopen the campground’s boat access as conditions allow and in accordance with state and CDC guidance.
The campground and the park office are also closed due to COVID-19 considerations to protect the public and our employees.
For up-to-date information on modifications, closures or other restrictions related to St. Paul District areas visit: www.mvp.usace.army.mil.
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Release no. 20-046
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