MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed Blue Mounds State Park due to flood damage from recent storms.

The park, which is 3 ½ hours southwest of Minneapolis, received more than 11 inches of rain since last Friday, according to the DNR.

All reservations have been canceled through July 13. Kathy Dummer of the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division says the decision was made with the best interest of visitors in mind.

“We want their experience at the park to be a good one,” Dummer said.

The park – which is popular among campers, rock climbers and birdwatchers – is also known for its bison herd. The DNR says the herd is in good shape and has weathered the storm.

The Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa are helping with the cleanup, and DNR engineers are surveying damage to roads, trails and the park’s dam and spillway.

No one was injured or evacuated from the park, which is near the town of Luverne, Minn. The Rock River, which runs through Luverne, overflowed its banks on Tuesday.

Click here for more information and updates about Blue Mounds State Park.


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