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St Anthony Falls Pool river bottom exposed

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The St Anhtony Falls pool has been lowered and will gradually fill back up by Friday.

They did this to inspect a tunnel and only do it every 20 years.

It is super cold, but if you've ever been interestedin seeing what's actually under the water now is a good chance.

I wonder what the Carp are thinking?

Here's some more info:

*February 20

Tour Highlights Drawdown of St. Anthony Pool

Friends of the Mississippi River

12:00 - 2:00p.m. Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis. On Wednesday, February 20th, you will have a rare opportunity to see the Mississippi River at Saint Anthony Falls lower than it has been for over 20 years. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be drawing down the river about 13 feet between Upper and Lower Saint Anthony Falls locks and dams. The Corps is conducting the drawdown, which they do every 20 years, to facilitate a tunnel inspection. Taking advantage of this opportunity, Friends of the Mississippi River and the National Park Service will offer an interpretive tour of the Mississippi River at Saint Anthony Falls. John Anfinson and Dave Wiggins, from the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service, will lead a walking tour of the area. Starting on the Stone Arch Bridge overlooking the river, John and Dave will discuss the site's historical significance, provide an overview of the lock and dam's construction, and identify important points of interest exposed by the lower water level. The tour will head across the bridge to Mill Ruins Park where participants will get a close look at the exposed river bottom. National Park Service rangers will also be in the area to answer questions throughout the day. If you are interested in attending this tour, please sign up in advance with Friends of the Mississippi River at spt@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 ext 16

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I wish I would have known about this earlier.

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Did anyone get any pictures? Would have been cool to see!

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Yeah, I got about a dozen photos of the whole area during draw down. I can't seem to post photos here though, or haven't figured it out. It was pretty cool to see the topo of the area I have been fishing for so long! Confirms some thoughts, debunks others. The scouring action of the draw down, by increasing speed in some channels will have changed pretty drastically some spots. It will be interesting to see just how quickly they silt up again.

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Erickol,

If you want to email them to me, I can post them up on the site later tonight for ya. My email is polarsusd81 at yahoo. I would love to see what the bottom of the river looks like in that area.

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