Minneapolis locks reopening to recreational boats

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reopening its three Minneapolis locks to recreational boats.

The locks on the Mississippi River were closed to recreational boats on May 1 due to high water flows. The Corps says the locks are set to reopen at noon Wednesday.

The closures affected the Upper and Lower St. Anthony Falls locks in downtown Minneapolis, and Lock and Dam 1 near Minnehaha Park between Minneapolis and St. Paul.

For safety, the Corps closes these locks to recreational boaters when river flows exceed 30,000 cubic feet per second, and it closes them to commercial traffic at 40,000 cubic feet per second.

The Corps advises boaters to continue using caution because currents are still high.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District: http://www.mvp.usace.army.mil

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