High waters mean fewer people on Minnesota lakes

Minnesota lake traffic is slower than usual

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The July 4th holiday weekend is usually the busiest of the year on many Minnesota waterways, but record-high water levels have left popular recreational activities restricted.

A Minneapolis Star Tribune report says the result is lakes and rivers that have been unusually quiet and serene.

Capt. Greg Salo of the state Department of Natural Resources says people aren’t boating now because waterways are high and rivers are moving fast. He says tubing and water-skiing are also out because of wake restrictions.

That’s bad news for businesses that depend on revenue from recreation. Lakeside restaurants and companies that rent watercraft are among those that have seen business dry up.

But others are happy. Anglers, lakeshore owners and pontoon riders say it’s nice to have a break from the regular chaos.

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