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Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670
Contact: Bryce Olson, 218-283-6694
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN: Voyageurs National Park closed access to Rudder Bay, Kabetogama Lake due to a large and potential hazardous floating cattail mat. This closure includes State Point Bay Houseboat Site (K32) and will remain in effect until further notice.
A large floating cattail mat (6 acres) detached from Irwin Bay, Kabetogama Lake. Park staff moved and secured the cattail mat within the parameter of Rudder Bay last week and will continue to contain the mat using floating silt barriers. The silt barriers have yellow floats and span the entrance to Rudder Bay preventing any use of the bay. Silt barriers are used to inhibit the mat from leaving the bay potentially causing navigation hazards and property damage. The barriers will remain in place until the mat can be removed using safe and appropriate techniques and equipment.
Voyageurs National Park would like to remind visitors to use care while boating as pieces of floating bog may occasionally detach. Any large pieces within park boundaries can be reported to the park. If floating bogs are causing issues outside of the park boundaries, they should be reported to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
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