Whitewater Park Tour - 29. September, 2004

On Wednesday, 29 September, 2004, I went along on a tour of the proposed site of the Mississippi WhiteWater Park. I had heard most of the information before, I'm no longer part of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, and the tour was mostly for the benefit of the DNR Commissioner, but I got to tag along by offering to help launch and land canoes during the on-water portion of the tour. It was an interesting day, since it was the first time I've had a chance to see that particular stretch of shoreline, since it's fenced off and either Xcel or U of M property.

The U of M Steam Plant
The U of M Steam Plant
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The U of M has been renovating the old Steam Plant for years. They're just about done cleaning up the side of it that faces the river, and I must say the results are great-looking. An old view of it from across the river is here and you can compare them for yourself.

 

The Lower SAF lock and dam
The Lower SAF lock and dam
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Below the Lower lock and dam
Below the Lower lock and dam
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It's nearly impossible to get a good look at the lock and dam on the lower St. Anthony Falls from any of the publicly accessible points on the river. Luckily, we got to walk right up to the fences that protect the lower dam, which meant I got some pictures a guy can't normally take. These, plus the picture of the steam plant, are exactly why I wanted to go along on the tour. I just wish I was a better photographer.

Getting ready to launch
Getting ready to launch
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The Senators
The Senators
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And then there was the on-water portion of the tour. I didn't especially feel like going along on that, but I was happy to stay on shore and help with the launching and landing of the canoes. There were quite a few people out on the water, including our state Senator, Larry Pogemiller, and Julie Rosen, from Fairmont.

I had fun taking the tour, taking these photos, and generally getting a break from the routine that afternoon. Thanks to Bill for inviting me, and it only took a couple weeks to get the Mississippi smell out of my sandals.

Copyright 2009, Dave Polaschek. Last updated on Mon, 15 Feb 2010 13:58:10.