Rain Influencing State Parks

By KBJR News 1

Rain Influencing State Parks

September 24, 2010 Updated Sep 24, 2010 at 10:00 AM CDT

This week of heavy rains have impacted some state parks around the area. The Minnesota DNR advises visitors to call ahead if planning to visit state parks especially in the southern part of the state.
Depending on location, visitors may find rivers and streams topping their banks, higher lake water levels, trail washouts, campground closures, flooded or eroded roadways and some facility closures.

DNR staff will continue to assess conditions over the next couple of days to provide updated information where possible. In spite of significant rainfall, many facilities and locations will remain open with little or no interruption to normal operations.

Current closures due to flooding:
• Minnesota Valley State Trail.
• Snake Creek and Trout Valley OHV state forest recreation areas.
• Campground at Beaver Creek Valley State Park.
• Handful of campsites at Whitewater State Park.

However, since conditions are changing quickly, the DNR advises people to check the individual state park or trail web pages at mndnr.gov/parksandtrails or call the park directly for the latest information.

People may also call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367.