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Lake levels Up Thanks To Snowy Winter, Rainy Spring

Lake Kabatogama
Lake Kabatogama (Creative Commons via Flickr user BierDoctor)

UNDATED — A snow-filled winter and wet spring has left many central Minnesota lakes and streams higher than normal.

Greg Kruse is a Supervisor for the DNR’s Division of Water. He says Big Fish Lake near Cold Spring is up a half-foot above normal, but Middle Spunk Lake in Avon is up more than two feet over last year and one-foot above normal.

Kruse says wet conditions have prompted some lakes to rise in a relatively short amount of time.

Much of the state saw as much as five inches of rain above the norm in the month of May and Kruse says that helps increase lake and stream levels.

Kruse says the high water levels can be good for some lakes like White bear Lake in the Twin Cities which has experienced dropping lake water levels but  it can cause problems for homeowners on others who have shallow shoreline.

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