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Lower Gooseberry Falls dries out amid regional drought

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TWO HARBORS, MN -- Gooseberry Falls sees far less water than normal for this time of the year, causing the lower falls to dry out.

The falls have receded because of the drought, and the area around the falls has seen far less rain than average over the last two years.

Low water levels at the river's source, along the Gooseberry watershed, are impacting wildlife as well.

Several species of trout have less room to live and breed, resulting in a potential decrease in population.

In addition, plant life in the area is turning yellow as the dry conditions affect their living conditions.

Some visitors to the park say they're disappointed to see the falls at such low levels, but understand that droughts are just a part of nature.

"We did notice that the falls were low, we do run into that from time to time when we're traveling and just figured it was a low rain season," said Jeff Hatfield, who is traveling the area with his wife.

Assistant Park Manager Nick Hoffmann, said in order for the falls to return to normal, they'll need a long steady rainfall.

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Quinn Gorham

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