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Willow River State Park Little Falls Dam

A complete drawdown of Little Falls Lake began in June 2015. The dam was breached in the fall of 2015 in order to complete the full drawdown of the impoundment. The lake has now been completely drained. The drawdown is in response to safety issues identified with the dam structure. The waterfall, camping and hiking trails will not be affected by this project.

The river will continue to flow through the lake bed throughout this process; however, the water will no longer be impounded to create the lake. This is a significant project, that is expected to last several years. While the lake is drawn down, the swimming beach will not be available but the sand area at the beach site is open for public use. Due to the receding water level, the boat launch is closed to trailer use. Canoe and kayak rentals are not available. At this time, visitors may access the remaining impoundment by carrying in their own non-motorized boats.

Live images of Little Falls Dam reconstruction

Below is a current image of the dam reconstruction. Click on the menu to refresh or visit the TrueLook live image website [exit DNR] to view streaming images of the work.


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Little Falls Dam deconstruction and reconstruction slideshow

The following documents provide more detailed information about the Little Falls Lake drawdown and the Little Falls Dam.

Final alternatives analysis


Inspection reports

Feasibility study

News releases

Public meeting agendas

Last revised: Thursday April 18 2019