MINNEAPOLIS - A popular paddleboat tour on the Mississippi River is being forced to change its course in an effort to fight back against invasive carp.
"We know they're coming," said Scott Vreeland with the Minneapolis Park and Rec Board. "We are trying to limit recreation traffic through the lock and dam system."
The Minneapolis Queen Paddleboat gives thousands of tourists each year riverfront excursions up and down the Mississippi River. The riverboat also allows visitors to experience traveling through the lock and dam system at Saint Anthony Falls.
Although Asian Carp have not been detected as far north as the Twin Cities, city leaders are limiting traffic through the lock and dam.
In a typical year, Paradise Charter Cruises travel through the lock system close to 1,000 times.
"We are buying time," said Vreeland. "We are looking for that biological control, but right now our physical barriers are the way we can protect this part of the river."
On Friday, their line of cruise ships left their dock at Boom Island and traveled 2.5 miles south. They will dock at the Bohemian Flats, but those with Paradise Charter Cruises insist the tours will be "more scenic than ever before."
"We hope people still come out and support them," says Vreeland. "It's still a great experience. Once you experience the river, it changes you."
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