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Voyageurs National Park updates flood closures and restrictions

Posted 6/1/22

REGIONAL- With lake levels continuing to rise across the Rainy River Basin and not expected to recede for weeks, Voyageurs National Park officials have updated their information about closures and …

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Voyageurs National Park updates flood closures and restrictions

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REGIONAL- With lake levels continuing to rise across the Rainy River Basin and not expected to recede for weeks, Voyageurs National Park officials have updated their information about closures and restrictions.

Effective June 2 until rescinded
• The Rainy Lake Boat Launch at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center is closed until flood waters recede and staff can assess damage to the area.
Those engaging in flood mitigation efforts may utilize the boat launch for the loading of material, such as sandbags, to engage in property protection.
• The lower parking lot at the Rainy Lake Boat Launch is closed to all parking. 
• All campsites on Rainy Lake, except houseboat sites, are closed.
• Backcountry closures have been extended to July 1. The likelihood is that closures may be further extended based on conditions as time goes on.
• Other closures/restrictions may be defined as developing conditions warrant.
• At Kettle Falls, the portage is closed.

Mandatory no wake zone
 A mandatory "no wake" zone has been established within 300 feet of any shoreline. High waters have exposed new areas to waves which could cause serious erosion. Wakes also pose a threat to any sandbag structures erected to protect property.

Open launch sites
At this time, the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center and Ash River Visitor Center boat launch sites remain open. Law enforcement and maintenance are monitoring the facilities closely, and may close the facilities if safety concerns warrant.

The park’s objective during this incident is to allow for recreational access to the extent reasonable as long as visitor safety and protection of government assets can be assured.

If you are interested in tracking water level conditions you can find the hydrographs here. More information on NOAA/NWS predictions on future conditions can be found at Rainy River Basin (weather.gov).

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