Dangerous high waters close North Shore state parks, Minnesota DNR says

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  (Minnesota DNR)

Hazardous conditions on the North Shore has prompted the closing of multiple trails, roads, bridges and campgrounds.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says this week's severe storms paired with late-spring melt has caused the rivers to flood.

"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 Division director Ann Pierce said in a news release.

State parks and trails along the North Shore have closed as many tributaries to Lake Superior are breaching trails, roads and bridges. The DNR said the majority of the parks are experiencing flooding.

"There is flooding in areas that haven’t seen flooding in more than 40 years. I’ve been up here for 26 years and I’ve never seen anything like it," said interpretive naturalist at Tettegouche State Park Kurt Mead. 

If you do decide to visit and take a look at the flooding for yourself, Mead warns to be extremely careful.

"It’s a serious safety concern you have to keep your distance away from the edge of it. Keep your hands on your kids. One little slip and you would be gone," said Mead. 

The two iconic red covered bridges at Lutsen Resort were also severely damaged from the record run off. In a Facebook post, the resort says key pieces of the bridges are still intact and they remain hopeful they can repair both bridges. 

Visitors should check state park and trail conditions or contact park staff before deciding to head out.