Bridge Work At Minneopa Restricts Falls Views

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Visitors to Minneopa State Park will have reduced views of the park’s twin waterfalls while a 90-year-old bridge between them is rebuilt.

The Department of Natural Resources says the work will begin in mid-August and is expected to last into October.

DNR spokesman Scott Roemhildt says the best view of the lower falls will no longer be available from the easiest route, although a roughly half-mile hike to the other side will get a park visitor there. That route won’t be handicap-accessible.

Views of the two falls from the bridge won’t be available.

The rest of the park won’t be affected.

The DNR says Minneopa means “water falling twice” in Dakota. The agency says the twin waterfalls’ 45-foot total drop makes them the largest in southern Minnesota.

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