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La Salle Lake State Recreation Area temporarily closed; visits to Itasca State Park discouraged

Severe storm cleanup in progress

Posted: July 3, 2012 - 2:58pm

La Salle Lake State Recreation Area is being evacuated and closed, and people are asked to postpone day visits to Itasca State Park while crews work to clean up downed trees from last night's severe storms in northwestern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

High winds toppled many trees and blocked roads in both locations. There was some damage to cabins, cars and camping equipment, but no injuries have been reported. Crews are still assessing the impact of the storms on state trails and state forests in the area.

Reservations have been canceled and full refunds have been issued at La Salle Lake SRA through July 11. The park will remain closed until further notice.

Itasca State Park expects to be able to honor all existing camping and lodging reservations.

For updates on park and trail conditions, visit www.mndnr.gov or call the DNR Information Center, 651-296-6157 (888-646-6367 toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. As soon as possible, the DNR will post photos of storm damage on its website and share them via Facebook (Minnesota State Parks and Trails) and Twitter (@mnstateparks).