Drawdown of the St. Anthony Pool

This sounds pretty cool. The water above the dam in downtown Minneapolis will be lowered 13 feet on Feb 20th. More info at Friends of the Mississippi River.

Drawdown of the St. Anthony Pool
Wed., Feb. 20, noon-2 p.m.
Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis
Pre-registration required, see below

Come take advantage of this rare opportunity to see the Mississippi River at St. Anthony Falls lower than it has been for over 20 years!

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be drawing down the river about 13 feet between Upper and Lower St. Anthony Falls locks and dams. The Corps is conducting the drawdown, which they do every 20 years, to facilitate a tunnel inspection. Taking advantage of this opportunity, Friends of the Mississippi River and the National Park Service will offer an interpretive tour of the Mississippi River at St. Anthony Falls.

John Anfinson and Dave Wiggins, from the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service, will lead a walking tour of the area. Starting on the Stone Arch Bridge overlooking the river, John and Dave will discuss the site’s historical significance, provide an overview of the lock and dam’s construction, and identify important points of interest exposed by the lower water level. The tour will head across the bridge to Mill Ruins Park where participants will get a close look at the exposed river bottom. National Park Service rangers will also be in the area to answer questions throughout the day.

If you are interested in attending this tour, please sign up in advance with Friends of the Mississippi River at spt[at]fmr.org or 651/222-2193 ext. 16.

Please include your name, full contact information and the number in your party. It is imperative we be able to reach you in case of weather-related changes; for this purpose, consider including your personal and work e-mail addresses

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  1. I highly recommend this tour. I took a tour by Anfinson of the Meeker Dam when they drew down the pool above the Ford Dam. He’s quite knowledgable about the entire history of the Mississippi River and Gorge.

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