Fort Snelling State Park will remain closed at least until the end of June, following flood damage seen in the spring.
The Minnesota DNR confirmed that the park will stay closed through Memorial Day weekend and the month of June "due to persistent flooding," damage from the winter's "hefty snowpack," and the heavy rain seen during the spring.
"We know how eager folks are to get out and enjoy nature now that spring has finally arrived, but making sure the park is safe for staff and park visitors is critical before opening," said Fort Snelling State Park manager Kelli Bruns on Thursday.
"The park experienced significant damage to its main roads, and water lines, and there are downed trees and trail washouts that need to be repaired. Meanwhile, we hope people will consider visiting one of our other state parks."
The DNR hasn't set a definitive date on when the park will reopen, saying that the closure could stay in effect until "sometime in July" depending on the weather and how recovery work progresses.
Until then, the public has been asked not to enter the park while cleanup is ongoing.
"This is important for their own safety and allows workers a safe place to complete repairs and clean-up. Emergency responders would have difficulty locating people in the closed park if needed," Bruns said.