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Impact of Floods on Popular Twin Cities Destinations

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Impact of Floods on Popular Twin Cities Destinations

Can someone provide out-of-towners like us a status of the impact of the recent floods on popular destinations around the area? Which Twin Cities destinations should we most likely count out for the next several weeks, due to flood impacts?

The photos of the flooding through Minnehaha Falls and Fort Snelling State Park are dramatic. Is the national cemetery at Fort Snelling more protected from flooding?

Thanks, and everybody there take care!

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1. Re: Impact of Floods on Popular Twin Cities Destinations

Fort Snelling cemetery is on high ground, no worries there.

The Rivers are high and many of the on river attractions (river boats, for example) may not be running as access to them may be cut off due to flooding. There are also numerous no-wake zones on area lakes so on-water recreation could be limited.

But, for the most part, it's all systems go in the Twin Cities.

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2. Re: Impact of Floods on Popular Twin Cities Destinations

If you are planning on going to the Valley Fair Amusement Park you should know that most of the parking lot is flooded and several rides are partially under water and are not operating. They have created a temporary parking lot in a field above the normal lot.

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3. Re: Impact of Floods on Popular Twin Cities Destinations

You asked about Ft. Snelling cemetery. It is not an area that will typically flood. I did business two days ago with one of the private flight hangars next door to the cemetery and they were still using their facility as normal with no mention of water problems.

--Biking and walking trails at around Lake Nokomis are too flooded for practical purposes. Could you walk or ride? Probably, but it would not be a typical experience.

--I think Minnehaha Falls is more crowded now because of the flooding--people want to see it.

--Taste of Minnesota has been moved from Harriet Island in St. Paul to Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia.

--Any activities involving the Mississippi may be impacted, as the flow is too fast.

--The Stillwater Lift Bridge is closed. Highway 41 involving the Minnesota River in Chaska is closed.

--Right now is a great time to canoe or kayak your favorite body of water because of the no-wake restrictions. I've heard many boaters say how refreshing it is to be boating on the lakes right now because it's quiet and "civil" with motors at an absolute minimum of power.

Edited: 3:41 pm, June 29, 2014
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4. Re: Impact of Floods on Popular Twin Cities Destinations

Anything that's on or near a river (read: moving water, not stream) is likely flooded and should not be navigated by canoe/kayak. The lakes however are great for canoe/kayak as mentioned above. There are many road closures and detours, but you can likely get to where you need to go. Many parks are flooded in some areas, Ft Snelling St Park would be one of those so check the DNR state park website if that's in your plans. The mosquitoes are much worse than normal, esp around sunrise & sunset. I read that black flies might get bad also with the excess amount of running water.

Are there any attractions in particular you're wanting to know about?

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