Not a typical summertime scene on the Red Lake RiverRed Lake Falls, MN (WDAY TV)-- It's been a record breaking year for high water throughout the Red River Valley, but tonight we show you an area suffering from low water levels.
By: Kayla Strayer, WDAZ, WDAY
Red Lake Falls, MN (WDAY TV)-- It's been a record breaking year for high water throughout the Red River Valley, but tonight we show you an area suffering from low water levels.
This is the typical summertime scene on the Red Lake River.
Not this year.
Ryan: It's our 29th year in business. We've never seen anything like this.
Low water levels have shut down the tubing park at Voyager's View since the first day of summer.
Jason: We've never shut down this early for the tube run before ever.
The family owned business is already out thousands of dollars.
Jason: A typical Sunday we might have about 400 tubers. I would say that's about where we're sitting for the year.
But their biggest concern isn't the lost business. It's their 32 employees.
Ryan: It's disheartening to go into town and see all the people that should be working for us that are out of work.
Now to open the tubing back up, the water levels here need to be about 10 and 1/2 feet. But even then the owners say they need to have enough staff ready to get back to work.
Jason: It's tough to get all those kids geared up to come work for us for two days.
Despite the tubing woes, the Brumwell family is here working every day. Focusing on the camping side of the business.
Jason: I think it will help us in the long run build that camping traffic.
The majority of campers here, like this group, are from Canada. Charlene Morin and her husband have been vacationing at Voyageur's View for 15 years.
Charlene: We just come down to relax and do the tubing.
But with the tubing closed, they're making the most of the river with their own equipment.
Charlene: It is a little different. The water is very low but for us it's a weekend away so the tubing is a bonus. But we come down because we enjoy the campground.
While the Morin's say they'll always keep their reservations here, other longtime campers haven't.
Jason: We've had people that have been coming for 28 years and this would be their 29th, and with the no tubing some of them have canceled. That's a little disheartening.
The owners say the best case scenario is being able to open next weekend if they get enough water let out from the Red Lake Dam. If not, they say the tube park might remain closed until next year.