Fort Snelling State Park is essentially closed due to flooding

Nearly every trail is inaccessible at this point.
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One of Minnesota's most-visited state parks is all but closed due to rising waters.

Fort Snelling State Park, tucked between the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers in the Twin Cities, is almost completely flooded, according to its website.

Almost every trail is inaccessible – there's a small sliver open on the back side of Lake Snelling as of Sunday afternoon, but that's it.

The park office and visitor center are closed, and preparing for flooding. The park road is already washed out. Water access docks are closed indefinitely. Pike Island and Picnic Island are off limits.

And all programs at Fort Snelling State Park are canceled through mid-April. If you want to buy a daily or annual pass however, a self-registration stand is still open, the park notes.

Flooding continues throughout the state

High waters continue to impact communities across the state.

The National Weather Service expects ice jam and snow melt flooding in central and southern Minnesota to continue through this week. That's for all river basins, the service says, so keep an eye out for additional road and bridge closures.

On Saturday night, more than 40 people inside a St. Cloud-area restaurant had to be rescued on when an ice jam on the Sauk River sent water over the banks and into the riverside steakhouse. 

Ice jams have also caused rapid water rises on Sand Creek in Jordan, the South Fork Crow River in Delano, near the Hwy. 99 bridge over the Minnesota River in St. Pater, and many other locations across the state.

You can see a list of all current locations under a flood warning by going here.

Aerial video shows impact of flood

Jake Heitman captured the above footage late last week. It shows flooding along the Minnesota River between Jordan and Henderson.

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