MERRICK STATE PARK, Wis. (WCCO) — The south portion of Merrick State Park, located north of Winona on the Mississippi River, has been closed as a safety precaution due to the river’s rising water.

The DNR said the north campground at Merrick will stay open and isn’t affected.

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The U.S. Corps of Engineers projects the river to remain at its crest for about a week before it recedes.

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If no heavy rain falls, park staff hopes to re-open closed areas by mid-July.

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If you have any questions, call Park Ranger Chris Lake at 608-687-4936.