Flooding could hamper holiday boat access on Mississippi

Memorial Day camping to be affected...

Mississippi River flooding could limit access for boaters this weekend.

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Winona District says flood waters will change access, camping and day-use sites this weekend. With the high water, boaters need to be aware of floating hazards and a fast moving current.

Alternative boat ramps may need to be utilized to access the Mississippi River due to flooding between Wabasha, Minnesota and Trempealeau, Wisconsin as ramps may be closed due to flooding. Refuge personnel will be continuing to evaluate the river conditions.

The following landings are closed and are not expected to open for the Memorial Day weekend: Peterson Lake and Halfmoon located near Kellogg, Minnesota and access road to Halfmoon; Verchota and McNally on the Prairie Island Dike near Minnesota City, Minnesota; Mertes' Slough on Hwy 54/43 near Winona, Minnesota; and Indian, Beef, and Pontoon Slough landings on Hwy 25 (Nelson Dike) between Wabasha, Minnesota and Nelson, Wisconsin.

Questions on the availability of boat ramps should be directed to the refuge at 507-454-7351.

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