Urban river rats rejoice: Minneapolis opens locks for recreational boaters

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopened its three Minneapolis locks on the Mississippi to recreational boaters Friday, according to the Associated Press.

The Corps closed the locks to recreational boats on May 23 due to high water flows, the AP says. The closures affected the Upper and Lower St. Anthony Falls locks in downtown Minneapolis, and Lock and Dam 1 next to Minnehaha Park between Minneapolis and St. Paul, a stretch that offers some of the best views of Minneapolis in the whole city.

As a precaution, the Corps closes these locks to recreational boaters when river flows exceed 30,000 cubic feet per second, which has slowed in the last week. Still, boaters beware: The Mississippi currents remain high, the Corps warns.

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