County closes three public boat launches on Mississippi

The Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department has closed the public boat launches at Mississippi West Park in Ramsey, Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park in Coon Rapids and Riverfront Regional Park in Fridley due to dangerously high flow rates on the Mississippi River.

The river is expected to peak Saturday at a level two feet higher than the current level.

Further rains could push the level even higher.

At this time, launches at Rum River Central Regional Park and at all of the lakes in the county park system are open.

According to Three Rivers Park District, which owns and operates the dam, the flow rates today (Tuesday, May 29) at the Coon Rapids Dam were reported at 32,500 cubic feet per second (cfs), three times the volume it was just seven days ago.

Normal flow rates at this time of the year are well below 20,000 cfs.

The city of Champlin has also issued a request that boaters operate under a no-wake condition in consideration of high water levels and potential negative impacts on shorelines.

For the latest information on the status of the boat launches, contact the Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department at 763-757-3920.