Brooklyn Park in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
How the Dam Works
The steel gate on the west side is automatically controlled to keep the upper pool at a prescribed level. It is fully adjustable with many positions from completely open to completely closed.
In summer, water levels are kept near 830 feet above sea level.
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
National Park Service
Department of the Interior
Erected by Three Rivers Park District; Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels.
Location. 45° 8.533′ N, 93° 18.793′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker can be reached from Russell Avenue North / West River Road 0.7 miles north of 97th Avenue North, on the right when traveling north. Marker is near the west bank of the Mississippi River in Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10360 West River Road, Minneapolis MN 55444, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War II Monument (approx. 4.9 miles away); Louis Hennepin (approx. 4.9 miles away); Highway of Exploration (approx. 5 miles away); Circle of Life (approx. 5 miles away); Logbooms Meet Sawmills (approx. 5.1 miles away); River Highways (approx. 5.1 miles away); Where Cultures Meet (approx. 5.1 miles away).
More about this marker. inset caption:
Each rubber gate can be set manually in one of three positions: Deflated; Partially Inflated; Fully Inflated
Also see . . .
1. West Coon Rapids Dam. National Park Service. "It took 1,000 men just a little over 1 year to complete the entire dam system. During construction, a small town grew up on the Anoka County side of the river..." (Submitted on June 26, 2014.)
2. Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. Three Rivers Parks. (Submitted on June 26, 2014.)
3. Coon Rapids, Minnesota(Submitted on June 26, 2014.)
4. Coon Rapids Dam Rehabilitation Project. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "The Coon Rapids Dam is located on the Mississippi River between the City of Brooklyn Park in Hennepin County and the City of Coon Rapids in Anoka County." (Submitted on June 26, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 26, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 26, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.