The narrows

From the Ford Lock and Dam to St. Paul the river has some very narrow sections to it. So narrow that at times it's hard to believe that it is a major waterway.  The scenes in this section were taken between the dam and down to Ft. Snelling and Pike Island.


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 Pleasure craft abound on the river.  This scene is about a half mile downstream from the Ford Lock and Dam and shows the contrast between big and small.


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The water is low, the trees are colorful and the beach is open.  This is looking upstream towards the Ford dam.

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A speedboat makes waves as it heads upstream.

A number of trees have their roots exposed due, no doubt, to the Springtime high water that is usually a yearly ritual.

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Two large recreational boats pass each other in the "narrows".

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Meantime on top of the bluffs the trees are in full color.  .

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Further upstream is another vista with this tree in full color.  The river is below.

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The river is busy.  A tugboat is pushing a barge upstream while pleasure craft can be seen nearby. This was taken from a park in St. Paul..

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A speedboat goes around the bend just below Ft. Snelling.  Is that the Emerald City in the background?  No, it's the skyline of Minneapolis.  

The same tree as before but during a near flood in June, 2005.

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The river is high and the current is swift after heavy rains in June, 2005.

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Not too far in a park along the river is this scene in a small woods.   

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