3/31/13 Stream Conditions: Peak of spring runoff has passed

Runoff and high water levels have peaked, at least along the majority of southeast MN trout streams. Water is still rising along the Zumbro River in Zumbro Falls and downstream, and that is the only Flood Warning still in effect in southeast MN as of tonight (3/31/13). You can see the ups-and-downs of the Middle Branch of the Whitewater on my Stream Conditions page.


There is still snow on the ground and temperatures are dropping again, but there isn’t as much stored up moisture as we had prior to this past weekend. The rest of our snow will quickly disappear between Wednesday and Friday of this coming week.

Vaughn Snook, Assistant Area Fisheries Supervisor at the Lanesboro DNR office, grabbed the following pictures Saturday when runoff was peaking in most locations.

Bucksnort Dam
High water and a whole lot of foam below Bucksnort Dam
Pine Creek
Sediment on top of an iced over stream channel – upper Pine Creek