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Water lowered at Little Falls dam

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The water will be lowered at the Little Falls dam on Sept. 6 at 7 a.m. Minnesota Power will be lowering the water to install a new spillway section. The water will be lowered approximately five feet for a period of five weeks. for water level information, one can call 1-800-228-4966, extention 5128, or area code 320-632-2318, extention 5128.

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5 feet!?! Is the name going to be changed to Mississippi creek? It's got to be low up there to, I wonder how this will effect the fishery?

So they will block the water at the dam that's north of Little Falls, and at Little Falls let all the water out? The river down here (cities) should go up a bit eh?

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I have to get up at 3:45 to go goose hunting, but I'll get back to you.

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What kind of affect will this have on the levels of the river further down around Monti?

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I've seen the water lowered before. There is usually not a big change down stream. Yes it does go up some but returns to normal quickly. The other times the river has been lowered it has only been for a week or so, it should be interesting to see what effect five weeks will have. Around 15 years ago they dropped the river S. of Little Falls to lay a gas pipeline across the river. The people I have talked to said it devastated the fish stocks, the river at that time was dropped almost twenty feet and was just a trickle down the middle. I realy don't expect any thing too dramatic to happen.

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Tour Pro, have you seen how low it is? I think the river went up a couple of inches down here (Mpls), but it was really windy so that maybe the reason I didn't see the big ol boulders.

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EBass,

The river was lowered, they did it on Mon. instead of Sat. as originally planed. I think the Little Falls craft fair had something to do with it. The water was lowered at least five feet. It's always interesting when the river is lowered, It's neat to see the the exposed points, boulders and sunken islands that are now exposed. I think we all wonder what the bottom of our lakes and rivers look like. Now we have an opportunity to view at least part of this underwater world.

Good Fishing!

[This message has been edited by Tour. Pro 175 (edited 09-11-2003).]

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I'm kinda ignorant on the little falls thing. They lowered it above the dam? That would give us a little burst of water here in Sauk Rapids, or below the dam which would make wading easier here. lol I'm guessing above. Am I right?

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Rethinking I have to guess below since they are working on the spillway. Long Day.

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eyeguy54'

The water was lowered above the dam in Little Falls. It didn't have a big impact below the dam for long. I was on the river just S. of Little Falls yesterday, everything is back to normal. If you ever fish the river above the dam, you may want to come up with a small boat or conoe and bring your GPS. There is alot of key structure exposed, marking made easy. Access for big boats here in town is almost impossible.

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Thanks!

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