SAINT PAUL, MN (June 4, 2024) – The City of Saint Paul will temporarily close Water Street/Lilydale Road beginning Wednesday, June 5, 2024 by 11 p.m. in anticipation of local street flooding caused by rising water levels of the Mississippi River. Water Street, which is located along the south side of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul, will be closed to vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between Hwy 13 and Plato Boulevard. Both the Pool and Yacht Club and Harriet Island remain open to visitors at this time. Temporarily closing Water Street, and portions of the city’s park facilities and trails are part of the city’s Flood Response Plan. 

Due to rising water levels in the Mississippi River from recent spring rains, several parkland areas, trails, and facilities in Saint Paul have temporary closures. Before going to any Saint Paul parks, please check for updated facility, trail, and park closures on the website at 

As of end of day today, June 4, 2024: 

  • City House will remain open to the public, but water will be turned off. They will have hand washing stations and Port A Potties 

  • Hidden Falls Regional Falls boat launch is closed 

  • Harriet Island public dock lower ramps were raised, includes Showboat and Paddleford docks 

  • Kelly’s Landing is closed 

  • Lambert’s Landing Dock is closed 

  • Lilydale Regional Park, including pedestrian and bike trails and public boat launch, will close on Wednesday, June 5, 2024 by 11 p.m. 

  • Meeker Island is closed 

The Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department is closely monitoring rising water levels at all parks and have placed barricades on flooded trails and areas. Some of the impacted parks include: 

  • Crosby Farm Park 

  • Hidden Falls South 

  • Robert Piram Trail 

  • Upper Landing/Chestnut Plaza 

Please follow all posted signage, do not pass barricades, and follow all safety guidance. Be aware that water levels can change quickly, so use caution while exploring areas close to the river. 

The city will keep Water Street, along with several park areas and facilities, closed until the Mississippi River water levels have receded and everything can be safely cleared and reopened for public use. 

With all the recent rain, the Mississippi River is measuring at a level of 9.8 feet and is expected to crest at 13.8 feet this weekend, according to the National Weather Service’s forecast. The City’s Flood Response Plan calls for initial action steps at a river level of 10 feet. Minor flood stage is reached at 14 feet. Moderate flood stage is at 15 feet. Major flood stage is at 17 feet.  

For more information and updates, please visit 

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Last Edited: June 4, 2024