Contact Public Affairs

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
St. Paul District
Public Affairs Office
180 5th St. E., Suite 700
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (651) 290-5807
Fax: (651) 290-5752
cemvp-pa@usace.army.mil 

Minneapolis locks reopened to recreation boaters

Published May 28, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is reopening its three Minneapolis locks to recreation traffic today.

While the forecast flows have fallen to a point where the locks can safely open for recreational traffic, the Corps encourages boaters to continue using caution in the area, because river currents are still high.

The Upper St. Anthony Falls and Lower St. Anthony Falls locks and dams in downtown Minneapolis and Lock and Dam 1, adjacent to Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, were closed to recreation traffic April 27, when flows on the Mississippi River exceeded 30,000 cubic feet per second. According to the Corps' Mississippi Valley Division lock and dam regulation manual, the district is required to close the locks, because the high flows are unsafe for recreational boats at 30,000 cfs.

The nearly 650 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2011 $175 million budget, nearly 2,800 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $271 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil

-30-

Website: http://www.mvp.usace.army.mil/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/usace.saintpaul
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usace-stpaul/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/usacemvppao
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StPaulUSACE | @StPaulUSACE


Release no. 14-043