MN DNR crew members on April 30, 2020, anchor a new barrier float on the western bank of the Cedar River State Water Trail above the dam in downtown Austin. The safety buoys — similar to ones used for years on the Cedar above the Ramsey Dam — provide an added layer of safety for paddlers and boaters.

DNR installs safety buoys on Cedar in downtown Austin

Orange barrier floats now above both dams on state water trail

DNR crew members prepare to install the barrier float April 30, 2020, on the Cedar River State Water Trail above Austin’s downtown dam.
People paddle in canoes and kayaks rented for free in June 2019 on the Cedar River State Water Trail at Austin Mill Pond. Jay C. Hormel Nature Center and the Cedar River Watershed District ran the free-rental station as part of Austin’s annual 4th Ave Fest and the We Are Water MN statewide exhibit. About 120 paddled the river.
An orange barrier float stretches across the Cedar River State Water Trail above Ramsey Dam in May 2019 during the Canoemobile programming put on for area students by Cedar River Watershed District and the Minneapolis nonprofit Wilderness Inquiry. The DNR has placed the safety barrier above Ramsey for a long time.
Part of the DNR”s map for the Cedar River State Water Trail is shown.
Data is shown from one of the DNR’s two river-level gauges on the Cedar River State Water Trail. This gauge is at the start of the water trail at County Road 2 near Lansing; the other is south of Austin at County Road 28.

Formed in 2007, CRWD works to reduce flooding and improve water quality on the Cedar River State Water Trail and its tributaries in southern Minnesota.

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