Boaters Beware: Upper Lake Pepin Boat Groundings at an All-Time High

Red Wing Republican Eagle, 11/28/2017

Author: Mac Becco (formerly Consoer), Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance

Sedimentation continues to fill upper Lake Pepin and wreak havoc for boaters as groundings reach an all-time high. While the exact number of grounded boats is unknown, the local tow boat companies and the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office attest that this year may have set a record number.

With sedimentation rates 10 times above normal, low water levels this year created dangerous conditions for boat navigation with little room for error. The problem gains concern just as planning commences to strategically dredge areas that have filled in at the upper end of the lake.


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