Corps reopens facilities near Mississippi locks and dams
ST. PAUL, Minn. (WKBT) — Fishing and sightseeing are easier to do along nearly 300 miles of the Mississippi River with the reopening of Army Corps of Engineers facilities near locks and dams.
Effective immediately, the Corps reopened facilities from Lock and Dam No. 2 near Hastings, Minn., to Lock and Dam No. 10 in Guttenberg, Iowa.
The guide walls, loading docks and observation platforms were closed to the public April 6 in a precautionary move to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Public restrooms at the locks and dams will remain closed until further notice, the Corps said.
“Reopening these locations to the public is an important step in letting them view the Mississippi River up close,” said Jim Rand, locks and dams director in the St. Paul District.
“While we are reopening the sites, we urge everyone to continue practicing safe social distancing measures and to continue listening to local officials on the best methods to protect yourself,” Rand said.
Among the locks and dams along the span are Lock and Dam Numbers 3 in Red Wing, Minn.; 5 in Winona, Minn.; 6 in Trempealeau, Wis.; 7 just above the Interstate 90 bridge above La Crosse, and 8 at Genoa, Wis.
Up-to-date information on modifications, closures or other restrictions are available on the St. Paul District website.
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