by Steve Johnson, Supervisory Outdoor Recreation Planner
Navigation Season Gets Its Latest Start Ever
The commercial navigation season got its latest start ever in this area with the arrival this morning (April 11) of the first tow and barges to reach St. Paul. The MV David L. Griggs made it through Lake Pepin ice on Thursday. Heavy ice on the lake usually delays the beginning of the shipping season in this area, but the average start to the navigation season is March 20. The previous record for an ice-delayed start to the season was April 7, 1978.
There's more information on the Corps of Engineers website.
Last updated: April 10, 2015