ST. PAUL, Minn. –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, reservoirs in the Mississippi River Headwaters area recently reached their normal summer level.
Brian Johnson, Headwaters water management regulator, said, “There are currently no issues with the Headwaters reservoirs, and we are in good shape prior to fishing opener.” He said all of the lakes, except Lake Winnibigoshish, are near the middle of the summer band. Winnibigoshish is at the top of the summer band, and the lake level is slowly dropping with current outflows of 1,300 cubic feet per second.
The Corps also wants to remind everyone planning to be on the water this weekend to wear a life jacket while boating. It only takes an adult an average of 60 seconds to drown, and on average, it takes 10 minutes for a strong swimmer to put on a life jacket after entering the water. Please wear your life jacket, for you and those who love you.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, serves the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. It contributes around $181 million to the five-state district economy. The 700 employees work at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.
Release no. 12-043