A man who leads eagle cruises near Red Wing, Minn. has seen high waves and erosion damaging the trees that hold eagles’ nests along the shore. Red Wing is in the process of drying out. The mighty Mississippi River is in the processes of purging itself of inanimate objects. Cruise director, Captain Rusty Mathiasmeier describes the scene as a river full of logs and trash.
Water levels around the metro are finally beginning to drop, but boat traffic is still slow on Lake Minnetonka. The “no wake” rule has been in effect for weeks, including the Fourth of July weekend. It’s often the busiest weekend of the year for businesses along the lake, but “no wake” means less business to go around.
High water will have a big impact on boating plans this Fourth of July weekend. No wake zones remain in effect on several area lakes. The slow speed is making for a quiet holiday on Prior Lake where many boaters didn’t even bother to get out on the water.
After another round of rain this weekend, officials are reminding Minnesotans of the dangers on lakes and rivers when waters are high. When Robert Duncanson fell out of his canoe, he held onto a tree branch along the river. But the current was too much, and the branch snapped before help arrived.
One look at the wind swept Medicine Lake and you can see what Joe Harty is talking about. “This is a rare occurrence. The last time it happened I think was five years ago,” he said.