DNR Advises Caution While Enjoying Minnesota's Waterfalls and Rivers

Updated: 04/03/2014 6:04 AM KSTP.com By: Todd Wilson

DNR officials are urging Minnesotans to stay off the ice.
DNR officials are urging Minnesotans to stay off the ice.
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With all the snow we got this past winter, and continue to get this spring, it should be a banner year for waterfalls and rivers throughout the state, according to Minnesota State Parks and Trails.

Jim Migley tells KSTP anytime someone comes to town he brings them to Minnehaha Falls. "It's a beautiful thing to see right in your backyard, a nice place to hangout," he said.

When he's feeling a bit adventurous he heads up to Gooseberry Falls on the North Shore. "If you are traveling a long ways I guess you want to see something like that," he said.

Waterfalls will vary depending on where you go in the state.

At Minneopa State Park in Mankato the waterfalls have been flowing at a fairly heavy rate.

At Gooseberry Falls State Park on the North Shore you can hear water rushing through the frozen falls, and with warming temperatures you can see water flowing through the middle and just below the ice at the top of the falls. A pool has already formed at the base.

According to the DNR lake and river levels around Minnesota are normal because of a slow melt, and the danger right now on rivers is fast-moving currents.

Kara Owens with DNR says ice is still on some lakes, rivers and ponds. Owens is reminding residents to stay off the ice, "the integrity of that ice is not as strong as it would be if it was at the beginning of the season."

Migley says this time of year he's making the right choice, enjoying their beauty from the safety of the shore.