Rising river levels close Minn. parks, trails


Muddy conditions and flooding rivers prompted the temporary closure of some Minnesota parks, trails and recreational facilities, the Associated Press reports.

The Minnesota Valley State Trail will be closed for several weeks due to the rising Minnesota River, wet conditions and downed trees covering paths.

Recent storms also blocked off a 4.5-mile stretch of the Root River State Trail between Lanesboro and Whalen where conditions are still being evaluated.

Flooding already shut down parts of several state parks, included Pike and Picnic islands at Fort Snelling State Park.

The Department of Natural Resources has a complete list of the closures.

The National Weather Service says flood warnings for multiple rivers across Minnesota are in effect after several inches of rain fell this week.

On Thursday morning, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the three Twin Cities locks on the rain-swollen Mississippi River to commercial traffic. The locks were closed Monday to recreational boaters.

High water on the St. Croix River cause the DNR to issue a no-wake restriction Wednesday.

Houston and Fillmore counties in southeast Minnesota have declared a state of emergency after water levels in areas rose by more than 8 feet.

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