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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Superior National Forest Ely Area High Water Warning

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
CONTACT: Becca Manlove, Information Officer, West Zone, Superior National Forest, 218-365-7569 or 218-365-7600.

Prairie Portage:

The buoys that usually mark the entrance to the falls at Prairie Portage are missing. Crews are working to replace them but may not be able to get new buoys in place until water levels recede. If you are unfamiliar with the Moose Chain (Moose, Newfound, and Sucker Lakes) pay close attention to your map. Use extreme caution when approaching the portages.

High Water in other areas:

Across the Forest, water levels are high making river travel, approaches, and exits from portages more dangerous. In addition, the water is very cold and hypothermia is a real concern.

· ALWAYS wear your life jacket. Your body’s “gasp reflex” to extreme cold water may compromise your ability to swim.

· Hug the shoreline as you approach portages.

· Discuss your route with your permit issuer for current conditions and cautions.

· Share information about flooded portages with other visitors.

Watch the Superior National Forest website for additional alerts and information about current conditions. www.fs.usda.gov/superior

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