A flood warning was in effect for parts of Lake and Cook counties on Friday due to heavy rains that fell on melting snow Thursday evening, a combination that pushed many streams well beyond their usual flood levels.
Mountainous areas of Cook and Lake counties are experiencing facelifts and road closures. Some rivers almost submerged Minnesota 61 along the north coast. Ann Pierce, director of Minnesota’s parks and trails division, advised people to avoid danger, with portions of trails and state parks temporarily closed.
“Our first priority is to ensure public safety and the safety of our staff,” she said. “Last night’s violent storms, combined with late spring snowmelt, caused rivers to overflow. These waters are dangerous and unpredictable and have the power to sweep away anything. Please stay safe by staying away from these areas.
Parks and trails affected by the closures include Gooseberry Falls, Tettegouche, George H. Crosby Manitou, Temperance River, Cascade River and Judge CR Magney State Parks and portions of Gitchi-Gami and North Shore State Trails and the upper hiking trail. The DNR recommends that visitors to any of these state parks or trails check with park staff for current conditions.
I am just blown away by the volume of water in the Cascade. You can usually walk to this cedar tree across the river. I’ll post a photo of the same location in the next tweet in this thread. pic.twitter.com/0H30rFuZmw
— Bryan Hansel (@bryanhansel) May 13, 2022
Superior National Forest officials note that some campgrounds and boat docks have been flooded in recent days and may be unusable for the fishing opener.
A Facebook post appeared to show the Upper Hiking Trail Bridge over the Baptism River in Tettegouche State Park disappearing.
“In the past 48 hours, between 1 and 2 inches of rain has fallen in Cook County, which is still in the middle of snowmelt and waterfall season. The rivers along the shore northern Lake Superior are now teeming with water at levels not seen in decades,” Visit Cook County marketing and public relations manager Kjersti Vick said Friday in a statement.