May 21, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Tahquamenon Falls trail closed due to high water

Paradise, Mich. A popular Upper Peninsula hiking trail is temporarily closed because of high water on the Tahquamenon River.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that the 5-mile-long River Trail connecting the Tahquamenon Falls State Parks upper and lower falls is impassable.

Park supervisor Craig Krepps said sections are underwater and some bridges are washed out. He said it wont reopen until water recedes and staff repairs damage.

Some other park trails also are partially submerged. The U.S. Geological Survey said the river is running three times higher than its May average.

The National Weather Service reports minor flooding Wednesday evening on two Lower Peninsula rivers. It said the Shiawassee River at Owosso was 1.3 feet above flood stage, while the Maple River at Maple Rapids was 0.2 feet over.