Nature Matters: North Shore State Parks Have Recovered From June Flood

By KBJR News 1

July 22, 2012 Updated Jul 22, 2012 at 8:12 PM CDT

Silver Bay, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)
The falls at Gooseberry State Park along Minnesota Highway 61 are down to a dull roar three weeks after the Mega–Flood.
That daylong wall of water did damage trails at the park but they're mostly repaired now.
Up the highway, nearby Split Rock State Park and Lighthouse Visitor Center had similar damage from nearly a foot of rain.

"I've never seen floods like that. Nine inches is unheard of." said a worker at the Minnesota Historical Society's Split Rock Lighthouse.

The damage at nearby Split Rock State Park has been repaired as well.
The managers of all of the North Shore's state parks want visitors to know they are not a mirror image of Jay Cooke's level of damage and people should come on up.
They were worried at first in the wake of the flood, though.

"Initially we thought the numbers might be down a little because there was confusion about how things were further up the shore but they're back to normal now."

One factor pulling people back in was Duluth Mayor Don Ness' public promise that things would return to normal quickly.
These visitors from Brainerd heard Ness on TV and had no worries about their long planned North Shore vacation.

"No, because the mayor was on the news right away, your mayor and told us everything would be fine in the tourist areas so we knew we could come."

This week, the North Shore's state parks want to make it worth your while to visit.
Lake Superior Days will run from July 12th to the 15th.
Events will take place at Gooseberry, Tettegouche and Grand Portage State Parks.
For example, Gooseberry will have a seminar on the park's flora and fauna on the 15th.
Odds are good that most attendees will learn that most Northland plants and animals are indeed flood resistant.
On the North Shore, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.

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