Several days after the first towboats of the spring season arrived in the Winona area, the first towboat expected to reach St. Paul this year passed through Lake Pepin near Lake City at Monday morning around 7:00 a.m.
The Prairie Dawn is pushing 12 barges.
According to the U-S Army Corps of Engineers, the ice on Lake Pepin measured last Wednesday
remained at 20-inches thick in four locations.
Due to cold weather, this year's navigation season is late getting started.
Last year, the first tow to break through Lake Pepin and make it to St. Paul was the Motor Vessel Deana Ann on March 17th.
The average opening date of the navigation season in St. Paul for the last 10 years is March 20th.