Lake Pepin water level high ahead of Memorial Day weekend

LAKE CITY, Minn. (FOX 47) – Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the summer, but Lake Pepin is not in the best shape right now.

Lake City Marina Administrator Jeff Brand.

“I wouldn’t go out there if it was me, but that’s up to them,” says Lake City Marina Administrator Jeff Brand.

The water level for Lake Pepin is about 10 feet higher than normal for this time of year.

Brand says this Memorial Day weekend is different from the past, “Typically, we are very busy this is like the kickoff of the whole summer, but I have a feeling it’s gonna be a little less with the high water.”

The water level is causing some major problems at the Marina, “Our gas dock is to high we have to shut it down because you have electrical and things like that you know can’t go under water,” said Brand.

Brian O’Neil, Lake City boater

Brian O’Neil docked his boat Friday, and is not letting water levels rain on his parade, “It’s a great spot to boat down here, the water levels aren’t really that much of a concern, but there’s lots of open space lots of places to put the sails up so should be fun.”

O’Neil and his wife are taking on Lake Pepin this weekend with some extra precaution, “Keep an eye on it you know we always watch for stuff in the water and that kind of a thing it is a River so we do have to keep an eye on it.”

Nonetheless, boaters and Marina administrator are in for quite a weekend.

“Nice and smooth sailing that’s the idea,” said O’Neil

Brand is more concerned about safety, “Damage control as far as you know the high water creates you know a lot of logs and debris that comes into the marina can do damage to boats.”

Ubah Ali

Ubah Ali

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