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11/3
LEVEL 2 ROWING
Flow: 14,900
Temp: 41

10/18
LEVEL 4 ROWING
Flow: 24,900
Temp: 57

10/17
LEVEL 3 ROWING
Flow: 26,900
Temp: 57

10/13
LEVEL 3 ROWING
Flow: 33,200
Temp: 58

10/11/17
LEVEL 2 ROWING
Flow: 34,900
Temp: 58

10/9/17
LEVEL 2 ROWING
Flow: 35,000
Temp: 60
Level 2: 4 oars, blind boat bow must be a Level IV bow listed, 4th year & above rowers only with launch, rest on land.


10/7/17
LEVEL 3 ROWING
Flow: 32,2000
Expected to continue rising until Tuesday. 

Level 3: 4 oars, Blind boat bow must be at Level IV on bow list, 4th year and above rowers on own, C’s with coach, Green & Novice on land
A/B level rowers in Comp and Rec when NOT with Coach:
Each rower/coxswain in boat 4th year or above 
Bow must be level IV 
Recommend groups
A/B/C level rowers in Comp and Rec when with Coach: 
No more than 4 boats per launch. 20:1 Athlete/Coach ratio

6/2/17
LEVEL 5 ROWING
Open rowing by bow list
Flow: 19,000
Water temp: 67



5/30/17
LEVEL 4 ROWING
Advanced open. Intermediate in groups of two or more boats (Staying together) 
with 4 oars. Intermediate 1x,2- and Developmental with launch.
Flow: 25,800
Water temp: 64


5/25/17
LEVEL 3 ROWING
4 oar rule in effect. Advanced in groups (2 or more boats staying together), 
Intermediate w/ coach & 2 boats per launch. 

Flow: 28,300
Water temp: 59
NOTE: Latest predictions are for river to continue rising until Saturday and
then start receding


5/22/17
LEVEL 3 ROWING
4 oar rule in effect. Advanced in groups (2 or more boats staying together), 
Intermediate w/ coach & 2 boats per launch. 

Flow: 25,200
Water temp: 57
With all the recent rains, expect 
debris and keep a sharp eye out. 


5/17/17
LEVEL 5 ROWING
- Open rowing by bow list
Flow: 16,700
Water Temp: 69


5/14/17

LEVEL 4 ROWING
Advanced open. Intermediate in groups of two or more boats (Staying together) 
with 4 oars. Intermediate 1x,2- and Developmental with launch.
Flow: 20,200
Temp: 66

5/9/17
LEVEL 4 ROWING
Advanced open. Intermediate in groups of two or more boats (Staying together)
with 4 oars. Intermediate 1x,2- and Developmental with launch.


5/5/17
LEVEL 3 ROWING
4 oar rule in effect. Advanced in groups (2 or more boats staying together),
Intermediate w/ coach & 2 boats per launch
Flow: 27,800
Water temp: 55




5/4/2017
LEVEL 2 ROWING
4 oar rule in effect. Advanced only with launch, 2 boats per launch. Private boat warning
Flow: 27,800
Water temp: 52


5/1/2017
LEVEL 2 ROWING
4 oar rule in effect. Advanced only with launch, 2 boats per launch. Private boat warning
Flow: 27,100
Water temp: 50



4/28/17
LEVEL 3 ROWING
4 oar rule in effect. Advanced in groups (2 or more boats staying together), Intermediate w/ coach & 2 boats per launch
Flow: 27,800
Water temp: 55


4/25/2017 _- LEVEL 3 ROWING
4 oar rule in effect. Advanced in groups (2 or more boats staying together), Intermediate w/ coach & 2 boats per launch
Flow: 26,100

Water temp: About 66 degrees

4/20/2017
LEVEL 3 ROWING: 4 oar rule in effect. Advanced in groups (2 or more boats staying together), Intermediate w/ coach & 2 boats per launch

Flow: 17,100
Water temp: About 55 degrees

LEVEL 3 ROWING: 4 oar rule in effect. Advanced in groups (2 or more boats staying together), Intermediate w/ coach & 2 boats per launch


4/18/2017

Flow: 14,500

Water temp: 58 degrees


We are at Level 4 rowing: Advanced open,intermediate in groups (2 or more boats that stay together)w/ 4-oars, Intermediate 1x,2- and developmental with launch. 

 

 

4/12/2017
Flow: 14000
Water temperature: 52
Access to club boats and permission to Row is currently at Level three. Level 3 means that advanced rowers can go out without a coach with at least two boats, each boat having at least 4 oars.



4/4/2017
Flow: 10.200
Water temperature: 48
Access to club boats and permission to Row is currently at Level three. Level 3 means that advanced rowers can go out without a coach with at least two boats, each boat having at least 4 oars.




Docks out means no club boats.
November 1:  Water Temp  52
 
 
 
Low light and cold water restrictions now in effect for all boats
 
10-20-16
Overview: Dang, it's dark. Water still moving a bit. Lots of crews on the water. Cold water restrictions. Docks out Oct 30.
Today: Flow 13,000 and dropping, Water Temp 55, Sunrise: 7:36, Sunset 6:18

Level 3 with cold water and low light restrictions.

  • Advanced Rowers:  Group rowing strongly advised at all times. Singles in groups only. May push off unaccompanied in lighted team club boats up to 45 minutes before sunrise or may return no later than 30 minutes after sunset. May row earlier or later only with a launch and approved safety driver (contact JD for assistance).
  • Intermediate Rowers (includes all 2nd year) 4-Oar Rule – No Club Singles without a launch.  Group or launch rowing at all times. May not launch in AM until 30 minutes before sunrise. Must have launch in PM and return 30 minutes after sunset.
  • Developmental Rowers (Novices) .  4-Oar Rule.
  • Must be accompanied by a launch at all times. No morning rowing until 30 minutes before  sunrise.  No evening rowing 30 minutes after sunset
  
10-12-16

 

Restrictions in effect through 10-30-16, at which time, rowing at MRC is over for 2016.

Group rowing strongly advised at all times.

 

Advanced Rowers: May push off unaccompanied in lighted club boats up to 45 minutes before sunrise or may return as late as 30 minutes after sunset. May row earlier or later only with a launch and approved driver.

 

Intermediate Rowers (includes all 2nd year) 4-Oar Rule – No Club Singles without a launch.  Group or launch rowing at all times. May not launch in AM until 30 minutes before sunrise. Must have launch in PM and return 30 minutes after sunset.

 

Developmental Rowers (Novices) .  4-Oar Rule.

Must be accompanied by a launch at all times. No morning rowing until 30 minutes before  sunrise.  No evening rowing 30 minutes after sunset

 
Overview: Rain is keeping the river moderately fast. Water Temps definately down.
Today: Flow: 15,000, Water Temp 55, Sunrise today  7:26, Sunset 6:31
Level: Open Rowing with a warning to stay away from obstacles.
Prediction: River will remain at this level into next  week.
 
9-21-16 at 13,000 today.  It could go way up.
 
From the National Weather Service:
"WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH
TONIGHT ACROSS THE ENTIRE WATCH AREA WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR VERY
HIGH RAINFALL RATES. A FRONT WILL SAG SOUTHEAST AND FOCUS
THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY FROM SOUTHERN MINNESOTA TO WEST CENTRAL AND
SOUTHWESTERN WISCONSIN ON THURSDAY.

RAINFALL AMOUNTS ARE FORECAST TO RANGE FROM 2 TO 5 INCHES ACROSS
SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA TO PORTIONS OF WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN
ALONG AND SOUTH OF I-94. TWO TO THREE INCHES SHOULD FALL FURTHER
NORTH ACROSS CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND THE REST OF WEST CENTRAL
WISCONSIN. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE LIKELY...PARTICULARLY
ACROSS SOUTHERN MINNESOTA.

CONFIDENCE WITH THE HEAVY RAINFALL POTENTIAL IS FAIRLY HIGH. THE
PATTERN FOR MIDWEEK CLOSELY MIMICS SEVERAL HIGH END RAINFALL
EVENTS IN THE PAST...INCLUDING SEPTEMBER 23 2010 WHERE RAINFALL
TOTALS OF 5 TO 8 INCHES FELL ACROSS ALL OF SOUTHERN MINNESOTA.
MAJOR FLOODING RESULTED."
 
 
9-9-16
Overview: Lots of rain is keeping the river high. Water Temps starting to come down.
Today: Flow: 16,000, Sunrise today  6:45, Sunset 7:34
Level: Open ROwing with a warning to stay away from obstacles.
Prediction: River will rise slightly through the next week.

 

8-26-16 2PM
-Lights on in the mornings! We're losing a minute of light per morning right now.
-University crews will hit the water next week!
Overview: River is coming back down. Watch for deadheads.
 Today: Flow 15,500, Sunrise 6:29, Sunset 8:00
Level: Open rowing
Prediction: Down to 11,000 by next weekend.
 

SAFETY NOTE: Riverboats cannot slow or turn well in the current, especially downstream. One blast means pass off their port, two blasts means pass off their starboard and a series of blasts means I don't know where you're going - get out of my way.

8-20-16 6AM
Overview: River is up and will remain so for a while.
Today: Flow 20,000, Temp 78F
Level: Open Rowing, with Novices restricted to 4-oars.
Prediction: The river will remains about this level, provided predicted rains are not severe.
 
8-12-16 1 PM
Due to very heavy rains in the region, the river is predicted to rise to at least 19,000 kcfs by Tuesday. Expect restrictions.
 

8-10-16 1:00 PM

Overview: Today’s rain north of us and tomorrow’s rain will cause the river to rise moderately.

Today: Flow: 10,500, Water Temp: 80F

Level: Open rowing with warning for debris.

Prediction: NOAA predicted the water to rise past August 20th Highs may approach 20,000, depending on additional rains. Restrictions on Novice and others, may go into effect by the weekend.


8-3-16

Overview: Water is approaching "low" levels. What this means, however, is deadheads, which have been knocking fins off boats like nobody's business.

Flow: 13,600

Level: Open rowing with warning for debris.

Prediction: NOAA says that provided there no heavy rains, the river should be to pre-storm levels by Aug. 8.

 
SAFETY ALERT!!! Severe danger around construction at Franklin. Constant barge and tug activity. MRC Club and Private boats are urged NOT to go through Franklin. UPSTREAM ROWERS MUST YIELD TO DOWNSTREAM CREWS.

7-31-16 1PM

 

Overview: The water is slowly coming down, but still pretty high,  As it drops, it pulls debris off the shore,

Flow 18,500

Level: Open rowing with warning for debris,  current, and bad water in south winds.

Restrictions: Newly approved bows in groups.

 

SAFETY NOTE: Federal Regulations state that boats must stay 500 ft from dams. All members are expected to do so!


7-26-16 11:30 AM
Overview. The worst is over, but river is still pretty fast.
Flow 24,200 (est.)  and dropping.
Level 4 still in affect.
Club boats stay 500M from Ford bridge and below Franklin
Advanced (incl. CM,CW): Open rowing by bowlist
Green 4-oar rule with coach and on good water
Rec. Coaches call 2-oars with coach, 4-oars in groups.
Novices: 4-oar rule, with coach and on good water.
Sculling classes are ON

7-24-16 3PM
Overview": We lucked out. Most of the rain fell in the St Croix and Minnesota watersheds and south.
Flow 28,000 and dropping.
Level 4 remains with a DEBRIS WARNING.(see chart.)
Beginning Monday night, Novices and Greens can row during controlled, coached workout and with light winds. Coaches use caution. All crews stay above the 2nd red downstream from Lake.
Expect more restrictions to come off by Wednesday or Thursday.

7-22-16 10AM
River at 28,500 and slowly dropping.
Level 4 (see chart.) Novices and Greens can row during controlled workout and with light winds.
All crews stay above the 2nd red downstream from Lake.
Expect more restictions to come off by Wednesday or Thursday.
SPECIAL NOTE: Take extra care at Summit, on the east side. Lots of swirl coming off the bank. Some reports of the green buoy there being under water, but a search found nothing. Nevertheless, beware.

7-21-16 1PM
Overview: River still high and will remain well into next week.
Flow: 30,000
Level 3 with a slight easing of restrictions. OK to row down as far as 2nd red buoy when in groups.
   Advanced: (CM,CW) In groups or coached. One boat OK with 4-oars.
   Intermediate (Rec., Green)  with coach, 4-oar rule
   Development: erg. (1 coach per boat rowing starts at 20,000)

7-20-16 2PM
Overview:  River holding steady just under yesterday's peak.
Level 3 continues. Rowing between Franklin and 1500M below Lake Street only. Stay far away from Ford and all obstacles.
Advanced (CM, CW A and B): 4-oar rule.
Intermediate (Rec. CW-C) : 2 boats only w/coach and with 4-oars, no 1x or 2x.
Development: Erg
Flow: 32300
Expect some sort of restrictions the next 7 days.

7-17 8:00 pm
LEVEL 3.
Le in affect: Rowing between Franklin and 1000M below Lake Street only.
Advanced (CM, CW A and B): in groups 4-oar rule.
Intermediate (Rec. CW-C) : 2 boats only w/coach and with 4-oars, no 1x or 2x.
Development: Erg
Rowing between Franklin and 1000M below Lake Street only.
Advanced (CM, CW A and B): in groups 4-oar rule.
Intermediate (Rec. CW-C) : 2 boats only w/coach and with 4-oars, no 1x or 2x.
Development: Erg
Flow: 31,000  Peak estimate lowered again by NOAA. 33,000. Water will stay about current level  through the week.
Prediction: Barring rains, should drop below 30,000 sometime Friday with some restrictions. All restrictions should come off in about a week.

7-16 10:00 PM.RESTRICTIONS IN AFFECT
River continuing to rise. Flow 30,000. Will peak Monday night at 35,000
Level 3 in affect: Rowing between Franklin and 1000M below Lake Street only.
Advanced (CM, CW A and B): in groups 4-oar rule.
Intermediate (Rec. CW-C) : 2 boats only w/coach and with 4-oars, no 1x or 2x.
Development: Erg
Expect Level 2 Restrictions beginning Sunday Noon.

7-14 5:00AM  RESTRICTIONS IN AFFECT
River rising. Flow 23,000. Additional speed to the water as Ford dam lets extra water out.
Level 4 in Affect: Rowing between Franklin and 1000M from Ford Dam only
Advanced: Open
Intermediate: Groups with 4-oars, no 1x or 2x.
Development: W/Launch, 4-oars, no 1x or 2x
Additional restriction will go in place Thursday night
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7-12-16:
Overview: Level 5 today, but about to change.  Heavy rains upstream will cause the river to rise incredibly fast.
Flow: 8200 cfps this morning, and going up dramatically, exceeding 45,000 cubic ft per second
Water Temperature: 80
Prediction:  Highest and fastest water levels in three years. Much debris. Expect boat use restrictions, class cancellations and possible dock closures starting Thursday, and running well into the following week.
Notes: This is nothing to be trifled with. Debris will be heavy, especially as the water comes down starting Tuesday. This will last into late next week at least.

7/6/2016

Overview:  Level 5, open rowing by bow list.  

Flow:  7862 cfs at Ford (down from last week)

Water Temperature:  77 degrees!  (If you've been waiting for warm water before you try out a pair, now is the time.)

Watch for deadheads! They tend to pop up in the summer heat.  

Franklin Bridge Construction:  

The last deck panel should have been placed last week.  Work to restore the concrete supports, both above and below water, will continue.

Continue to be very careful when approaching Franklin Ave.  Stay down river while construction crews are at work. 


6/26/2016

Overview:  Level 5, open rowing by bow list.  

Flow:  8812 cfs at Ford (up slightly from last week)

Water Temperature:  80 degrees!  (If you've been waiting for warm water before you try out a pair, now is the time.)

Watch for deadheads! They tend to pop up in the summer heat.  

Franklin Bridge Construction:  

As of last week, all cap beam are set, and more than 60% of the deck panels have been installed.  Crews expect to place the last deck panel by July 4.  Work to restore the concrete supports, both above and below water, has resumed. 

Continue to be very careful when approaching Franklin Ave.  Stay down river while construction crews are at work. 


6/20/2016

Overview:  Level 5, open rowing by bow list.  

Flow:  7957 cfs at Ford

Water Temperature:  78 degrees  

Watch for deadheads! They tend to pop up in the summer heat.  

Franklin Bridge Construction:  Crews have completed most of the work which required late evening hours, 

As of last week, all of the old bridge deck has been removed, 80% of the cap beam are set, and nearly half of the panels are placed.  Crews expect to set the last cap beam next week and place the last deck panel by July 4.  

Be very careful when approaching Franklin Ave, and while construction is underway, stay safely downriver from the construction.


6/16/2016

Overview:  Level 5, open rowing by bow list.  

Flow:  10,000+ cfm (Army Corp site is down, so I don't have an actual number).  Flow expected to rise slightly over the next couple of weeks.

Water Temperature:  approximately 70 degrees.  

Watch for debris after the rains and deadheads!  

Franklin Bridge Construction:  70 of the 350 pre-cast deck panels have been placed and 30 of the 45 cap beams have been placed.  Crews will continue their aggressive schedule - including working over weekends.  

Be very careful when approaching Franklin Ave, and while construction is underway, stay safely downriver from the construction.


6/8/2016

Overview:  Level 5, open rowing by bow list.  

Flow:  10,400 cfm up somewhat from last week.  Flow expected to stay fairly steady for the next few weeks..

Water Temperature:  70 degrees.  

There is much activity w/ the Franklin Avenue Bridge.  Last week 24 of the 350 pre-cast deck panels were placed, and 20 of the 45 cap beams have been placed to support the new bridge deck.  Crews will continue their aggressive schedule - including working over weekends.  

 

Be very careful when approaching Franklin Ave, and please while construction is underway, stay safely downriver from the construction.

The bridge is scheduled to reopen this fall.


5-31-2016

Overview:  Level 5, open rowing by bow list.  

Flow:  10,600 cfm up somewhat from last week.  Flow expected to stay fairly steady for the next few weeks..

Water Temperature:  75 degrees.  

There is much activity w/ the Franklin Avenue Bridge.  Cranes are being used to remove the old bridge deck.  New sections have been made upriver from the Washington Ave Bridge, and will be floated downriver for erection in the next few weeks.  Be very careful when approaching Franklin.


5-25-2016

Overview:  Level 5, open rowing by bow list.  

Flow:  7905 cfm.  Flow expected to stay fairly steady for the next few weeks..

Water Temperature:  71 degrees.  

There is much activity w/ the Franklin Avenue Bridge.  Cranes have been moved into position to remove the old bridge deck, and then install the new deck.  Beware!  The contractors often work late.


5-18/16

Overview:  Level 5, open rowing by bow list.  

Flow:  10,100 cfm.  Flow expected to continue to drop over the next few weeks.

Water Temperature:  62 degrees.  This is still cold!!


5-12-16
Overview: Level 5. Open Rowing by Bowlist.with a caution for cooling water.
Flow: 12050, should stay under 15,000 threshold.
Water Temp: 61
River Conditions: Slight surge passing through. Watch for debris.
Prediction: Expect water temp to drop into high 50's. Continued Level 5 for the short term.

5-8-16
Overview: Level 5. Open Rowing by Bowlist.
Flow: 14,800
Water Temp: 64
River Conditions: Surge of rainwater is now past, River warming up.
Prediction: Watch for some nasty weather the first half of this week .which may drive flows back up.

5-4-16
Adjusting up to level 4: Advanced Open rowing. Intermediate in groups w/ 4 oars. Intermediate 1x's and 2x's, Greens, and Rec with coach.

5-3-16
Overview:  Level 3 continues. 4-oar rule. Advanced in groups, Intermediate with coach.
Flow: 22,300 and slowly dropping
Water Temp: 56 rising
River Conditions: Surge of water is passing. Lots of debris in water..
Prediction: Expect Level 4 in 3 days as temps rise and river falls. Level 2 soon after

4-29-16 10 AM
Note: NOAA predicts flow to peak about 24,000 on Sunday, then hold for a few days above 22000. Water Temp 55.

4-28.16
Overview: Annual high water is finally here!! Water temps dropping, debris alert in affect. LEVEL 3 CONDITIONS- see chart
Flow: 18,500 and rising
Water Temp: 56 and dropping
River conditions: twice as much water in the river as a week ago. Cold rains causing drop in water temp. Streams washing debris into river.
Predicted Level: 21-22,000+ by Sunday

4-22-16
Overview: Level 5.Rowing by bowlist
Flow: 10,000
Water Temp: 61 degrees
River Conditions: River is cool - 61 degrees. Construction continues under Franklin. Do not row through Franklin.
Predicted Level. Water temps and flow will follow temps and precipitation.

Date 4-15-16 
Overview:  Programming starts Wednesday April 20. Level 3: Paid members,  Advanced only in groups. Intermediate rowers (incl jrs) can row with, 4-oars, w/launch. Until Wednesday JD will be down Sat AM and Mo, Tu Am and PM to coordinate equipment. Text JD to put a boat together with coaching or if you have equipment usage conflicts concerns. 
Flow: 10,250
Water Temp: 50
River Conditions: Moderate current, cold water, construction under Franklin and U crews are out.
Predicted Level: Expect water temps to rise with south winds and rollers as weather warms up.

Date 4-12-16
Overview:  Level 2: Paid members,  Advanced only, 4-oars, w/launch. Text JD if you want to put a boat together. 
Flow: 12,000
Water Temp: 44
River Conditions: Moderate current, cold water, construction under Franklin and U crews are out.
Predicted Level: Not much change predicted for the next few days.

Date 4-9-16
Overview: Docks are in! Safety level 2: Paid members,  Advanced only, 4-oars, w/launch. Text JD if you want to put a boat together. 
Flow:13,500
Water Temp: 43
River Conditions: Moderate current, cold water, construction under Franklin and U crews are out.
Predicted Level: Not much change predicted for the next few days.

Date 4-4-16
Overview; Safety Level 2. No club rowing until docks in (April 9) , then, if no change, 4-oars, Advanced only, w/launch.
Flow: 16,000 and steady
Water Temp: 45
River Conditions: Moderate current, cold water, construction under Franklin and U crews are out.
Predicted Level: Not much change predicted for the next few days.

Date 3-30-16
Overview:  Safety Level 2. No club rowing until docks in, then, if no change, 4-oars, Advanced only, w/launch.
Flow: 15,600 and steady for now
Water Temp: 47
River Conditions: Moderate current, cold water, construction under Franklin and U crews are out.
Predicted Level: Not much change predicted for "docks in" and the following few days.

Date 3-26-16
Overview: Rain in the forecast, turning cold in a week. Current making Franklin increasingly dangerous.
Flow: 16500 and slowly dropping for now
Water Temp: 44
River Conditions: Cold water, some debris, construction under Franklin and U crews are out.
Predicted Level: Expect the water flow to remain close to current levels,

Date: 3-21-16
Overview: Unchanged
Flow 17,600
Water Temp: 45.
River Conditions:  Debris, cold water, construction under Franklin and U crews are out.     
Predicted Level:  River rising but  should remain under 20,000 for the next week.

Date: 3-18-2016
Flow up to 13,600

Date: 3-16-2016
Change to prediction.  Rise in the river predicted to nearly 20,000 by middle of next week (3-23-16)

Date: 3-15-2016
Overview: Docks not in. Very limited light in the mornings.
Safety Level: Docks closed for MRC Equipment. Paid members with private equipment are cautioned not to row.
Flow: 10,600
Temp: 45
River Conditions:  Debris, cold water.    
Predicted Level:   No major rise in the river predicted for the next week.


2015
Oct. 22
  • Overview: It's been warm, so water is 57 and dropping - cool, but not frigid. Air temps dropping as well.
  • Light is the issue. Boats rowing in the AM or PM must have port and starboard navigation lights and a white stern light regardless of light. 
  • Docks out on Nov 7.
  • Also, water level remains low, so watch for obstacles.
June 26
      Overview: Flow down to 9,500. Watch out for and report to JD any deadheads and underwater objects.
 
June 21
        Overview: Flow was down to 10,000 and is now heading up over 12000, where it is expected to stay for a few days - still               quiet moderate.
June 17:
 Overview: LSA is reporting again.  The river is down. Fully reduced restrictions.      
         Safety Level 5. "Open rowing by bowlist" with cautions for flow around obstacles and some debris
          Warnings:  Heat advisory for this weekend.
         Flow: 13500 slowly dropping
          Temp: 74

         River Conditions:  Current moving normally, with occasional debris when washed into river by storms. When          rowing downstream, obstacles come at you much quicker than when rowing upstream. .

         Predicted Level: NOAA predicts the river will continue to drop.

 
June 12:
  
With the closure of Lower St. Anthony lock and dam, and the reduction of staffing at Lock and Dam #1, there has been no reporting by the Corps of Engineers.  We are making enquiries.
By visual observation, flow is going down, and we remain at Level 5.

June 7 at 8 AM
         Overview: The river is on it's way down. Fully reduced restrictions.      
         Safety Level 5. "Open rowing by bowlist" with cautions for flow around obstacles and some debris
          Warnings:  Heat advisory for middle of this week.
         Flow: 19250 slowly dropping
          Temp: 66
         River Conditions:  Current still moving fast with occasional large debris being washed into river by storms..          When rowing downstream, obstacles come at you much quicker.

         Predicted Level: NOAA predicts the river will continue to drop.

June 3  6 AM
         Overview: The river is on it's way down. Reduced restrictions.      
         Safety Level 4. Advanced: Open rowing. Intermediate: In group w/ 4-oar rule or 2-oar when with launch.                    Developmental: Group with 4-oars when bowlisted, 2-oars with launch. 
          Warnings:  Cross river no closer than 3rd red buoy from Lake street. Stay well above all obstructions. 
         Flow: 24600 and dropping
          Temp: 66
          River Conditions: Current still moving fast. When rowing downstream, obstacles come at you much quicker.

          Predicted Level: NOAA predicts the river will continue to drop despite t-storms Thursday. Likely to remain at Level 4 through Thursday. 

 
 June 1  3PM
       Overview: The river has crested (for now). With warmer weather watch for standing waves at Franklin when the wind is from the south.
       Safety Level 4. Advanced: Open rowing. Intermediate: In group or with launch and 4-oar rule in place. Developmental: With launch and 4-oar rule. 
        Warnings:  Cross river no closer than 3rd red buoy from Lake street. Stay well above all obstructions. 
        Flow: 27663 and dropping
        Temp: 64
        River Conditions: Current  still moving fast, buoys swinging in current, swirl to water, making steering difficult. When rowing downstream, obstacles come at you much quicker.

        Predicted Level: NOAA predicts the river will likely continue to drop. Likely to remain at Level 4 through Tuesday. Rain predicted

 
May 28, 11 AM
   Flow: 28032 steady
    Safety Level 4.  See below
 
 May 27  8:30 AM   
    Flow: 27434 steady
    Safety Level 4.  See below
    Predicted Level: NOAA predicts level will remain in the high 20;000's through Saturday

May 26    Noon    

       Overview: The rain was not so heavy and the river never made it over 30,000 kcfs, It is now a bit below that level.
       Safety Level 4. Advanced: Open rowing. Intermediate: In group or with launch and 4-oar rule in place. Developmental: With launch and 4-oar rule.  All: cross river no closer than 3rd red buoy from Lake street. Stay well above all obstructions. 
        Warnings: Debris, high flow.
        Flow: 27800, steady
        Temp: 63
        River Conditions: Current moving fast, buoys swinging in current, lots of eddies, and swirl to water, making steering difficult. Downstream rowing more difficult as obstacles come at you much quicker.

        Predicted Level: NOAA predicts it will come up slightly and not get as high as it did Sunday. Likely to remain at Level for the week.

May 24    8 PM    

       Overview: Rain causing river to rise again, it 's headed over 30,000cfs, and with rain, will likely stay that way.   Forecast is for more rain through morning and all day to the north of here.  
       Safety Level 3: 4-Oars in all MRC boats. Advanced in groups, Intermediate w/ coach and 2 boats per launch.  Additionally, no boats below 2nd red from Lake Street Bridge.
        Warnings: Debris, high flow.
        Flow: 29261, going up
        Temp: 62         River Conditions: Current moving fast, buoys swinging in current, lots of eddies, and swirl to water, making steering difficult. Downstream rowing more difficult as obstacles come at you much quicker. 

 

 

May 24,   Noon

         Overview: River has crested in St. Cloud and is in full crest here.  100% chance of rain predicted tomorrow morning here and all day tomorrow far upstream.
         Safety Level: 4. Advanced: Open rowing. Intermediate: In group or with launch and 4-oar rule in place. Developmental: With launch and 4-oar rule.  All: cross river no closer then 2nd red buoy from Lake street. Stay well above all obstructions. 
         Warnings: Debris, high flow. .          Flow: 28850, stable          Temp: 62          River Conditions: Current moving fast, buoys swinging in current, lots of eddies, and swirl to water, making steering difficult. Downstream rowing more difficult as obstacles come at you much quicker.          Predicted Level: Likely to go to Level 3 tomorrow or Tuesday.
        Notes:  Stay tuned. Please send any observations to JD at leadcoach -at- mplsrowing.org
 

May 21 2:45 PM

 

We are now at Level 4. Expect changes daily. 
        Safety Level: 4 (with caution for flow): Advanced: Open. Intermediate: In group or with launch and 4-oar rule in place. Developmental: With launch and 4-oar rule.  All: cross river at least 500M from Ford Bridge and stay well above all obstructions.          Flow: 26,200          Temp: 60          River Conditions: Water warm, but starting to move fast, buoys swinging in current, lots of eddies, and swirl to water                making steering difficult. Downstream rowing an issue as obstacles come at you much quicker.          Predicted Level: NOAA Prediction Service at Anoka forecasts a crest in Anoka on Sunday morning, however more rain             may be coming on the weekend.
        Notes: Stay tuned for daily updates.

 

May 19 11:45 AM

River coming up faster than expected:  We are now at Level 4. Expect changes daily.

         Safety Level: 4 - Advanced open, Intermediate in groups w/4-oars, Intermediate 1x, 2-and Developmental must stay                         with launch.  Cross river at least 500M from Ford Bridge and stay well above all obstructions.

         Flow: 23,400          Temp: 62          River Conditions: Water warm, but starting to move fast, buoys swinging in current, lots of eddies, and swirl to water                making steering difficult and downstream rowing an issue as obstacles come at you mush quicker.  Downstream slower t            han upstream, but keep 500M from Ford Bridge..         Predicted Level: NOAA Prediction Service at Anoka forecasts a crest in Anoka on Sunday morning, however more rain             may be coming on the weekend.
        Notes: Stay tuned for daily updates.


May 18   11:00 AM

Safety Level: 5 - Open rowing by Bowlist. (will likely go to 4 by the end of the week)
Flow: 16,250 kcfs at LSA 8 AM
Temp: 62F this morning
River Conditions: Flow increasing all through week. Increasing debris in water. Low water not a problem.
Predicted Level: NOAA Predicition Service at Anoka forecasts over 20,000 by weekend depending on rain.
Notes: Recheck this page for regular updates

May 15  3:30 PM
 
Safety Level: 5 (Open rowing by Bowlist.)
Flow: 10,250 kcfs at Lower St. Anthony Flow 8AM
Temp: 60 this morning
River Conditions:
Debris in places. Watch yourself.
Predicted Level:  
NOAA Predicition Service at Anoka says it will go up very little in the next 48 hours. After Sunday, no rain is predicted in the coming week.
 Additional Notes:
No change in restrictions.


May 13

Safety Level: 4 (Advanced open, Intermediate in groups w/4-oars, Intermediate 1x, 2-and Developmental w/launch.) 

Flow: 8500 kcfs at Lower St. Anthony Flow 8AM

Temp: 60 this morning

River Conditions:

Predicted Level:  

Additional Notes:

No change in restrictions.
 

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May 5

Just checking in... Flow about 6,000 (very slow) and water temp about 63, cool, but over safety minimums. No restrictions except for bowlist.

Low water alert continues: See below for shallow spots on the river.

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April 19

Water temp up to 60. Moving to level 5.
Open rowing by bowlist with cautions:
Warming water mean deadheads.  
Notify coaches of logs popping up in the river.
Low water warning.
Most serious boat and motor damage is caused by hitting obstacles in the river. The following points have underwater obstacles. Report new obstacles to the LC or Commodore.
Going upstream:
    Between Summit Ave and the Lake Street: Underwater rocks near creek and cave outlets.
    Between Railroad and Franklin: rocks close to shore - stay 1 eight's length from shore
    Corner above UM boathouse: rocks protruding and underwater      
 Going Downstream:
    Between Franklin and Railroad: fallen tree in water
    Under west arch of Railroad: rocks on shore side of opening
    150M below Railroad: Cheesbro Rock, marked with buoy
    200M below southernmost sandy beach: shallow water close to shore    
    At caves: Red channel buoy on very shallow water
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April 13

Water temp up to 55. Moving to level 4:


Advanced open
Intermediate in groups w/4-oars
Intermediate 1x, 2-, and Developmental w/launch.
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All Club Boats: 4-oar rule. Group Rowing for advanced rowers in daylight.  Intermediate rowers with coach. Scroll down for Safety Matrix

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April 7

Water temp down to 46.     It is getting colder!

Flow at 6000

  
River Conditions Factoid of the day: one year ago, river flow was at 11,600 and going up fast. It hit a spring peak of 47,000 on May 5, and a summer peak of 49,400 on June 23.
In the flood of April 2001, the peak was 64,000. 
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April 6

 As mentioned, with the cooler air temps, water temperatures are also dropping. 

Water temp today is 48, down, from 50.
We remain at Level 3: All Club Boats: 4-oar rule. Group Rowing for advanced rowers in daylight.  Intermediate rowers with coach. Scroll down for Safety Matrix
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April 5

Water temps holding at 50. Temps will be in the 40's with wind and rain much of he week. Expect water temps to drop.

Sunrise at 6:30 AM today, so no launching until before unless your boat is lit, and in club boats, you are accompanied by a coach.

We remain at Level 3: All Club Boats, 4-oar rule. Group Rowing for advanced rowers in daylight.  Intermediate rowers with coach.

  
If you wish to take out a boat and want to be accompanied by JD, Please ask, and he will be there.

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March 31

*    Water temps coming up. St, Anthony Falls is at 45, so as of Wednesday 4/1, for daylight hours only,  we're at LEVEL 3:  4-oar rule with group rowing for advanced rowers, and intermediate rowers with coach - 2 boats per launch.

 

*    I was down this morning, and DANG was it dark!  Sunrise will be at 6:57 tomorrow, so no unlighted rowing until 6:37. AM Evenings are fine.

  

*   University crews are out there.  Stay in your lanes and give them room - they are really moving in those eights! Also keep clear of their dock - well clear. They often have problems with MRC and other boats clogging things up when they are trying to launch.
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March 29

Because of the Boat show, we are unable to get the motors until Tuesday evening.  Because conditions are at Level 2 Launch Rowing only, no club boats will be allowed off the docks.
Also Private Boat Warning for very cold water. Only very skilled private boat owners. Water temps 39-40.

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March 27

Updates Conditions for Saturday's docks in:

Lots of bright sun.  25-30 degrees, light S wind. Water Temps dropping to 37-38.  Those thinking about rowing, may want to think twice. There may be water freezing in the tracks

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March 25

Conditions for Saturday's docks in:

25-30 degrees, light S wind. Water Temps 38-40.  Those thinking about rowing, may want to think twice. There may be water freezing in the tracks
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March 23, 2015

Conditions report.

 

The snow is reminder that we were only now transitioning out of winter. Low air temps this week will be in the mid 20's, highs 35-45.  Today's water temp is 39 and will likely be dropping due to cold nights.  So, temperature-wise, in all respects we are back to "normal".  River temps usually stay below 40-45 until mid April.

Starting today, I will begin regularly monitoring of the river and reporting here as is warranted - every few days this time of year.The flow is about 7500 (highest last year was over 45,000). According to the NWS, we will remain low in comparison to 2014. The concern for rowing in our immediate future is water temp.

 

The good news for us (not for farmers) is that soil moisture is low and predictions are for warmer and dryer than normal for the spring. Still the flow is predicted to come up for the nest 4-5 weeks at least. How high, we'll just have to see.

 

It is the rowers' and coaches your responsibility to check in with the river conditions page. Note that if nothing new has been posted, nothing has changed. . 

  
Note that the docks are going in and we hope to see you all there. Docks are for Members Only. That's not just a board or a safety committee decision, it is a also liability concern.  If you wish to begin rowing Saturday, you will need to get signed up.
John Davis, Lead Coach

 

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March 16, 2015.  Water temp 37. BTW, two rowing coaches drowned recently in separate incidents in the UK. Water temps were warmer than ours. One was certainly preventable, still it is a sad reminder of what is out there.

If you're chomping at the bit, that's great. Keep chomping, because it's turning cold, blustery and Minnesota-like again.

 

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Welcome to spring!

Docks are not in. Water temps are deadly cold. No Rowing - JD

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