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Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory
Mississippi River Research Laboratory
Minneapolis, MN

Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory

• Structure: Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory.
• Location: River Mile 853.9.
• River Elevation: 801 Feet.
• Date Built: 1938.
The Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory was established in 1938 as the Saint Anthony Hydraulic Laboratory. Its unique location on Hennepin Island in the middle of the Mississippi River at the apex of Saint Anthony Falls allows the lab to use the hydraulic head of the falls to provide water flow for a wide array of experiments and simulations. The lab once focused on modeling rivers and dams. With the slowdown in dam building, the lab performs research into other physical earth sciences, and performs modeling and simulation of dam removals and river restoration projects. The lab is affiliated with the University of Minnesota, and supports projects including those that are funded by the National Science Foundation.

The photo above is a telephoto view of the laboratory building as seen from downtown Minneapolis. The facility sits on the downstream face of the Upper Saint Anthony Falls dam. An old spillway at the dam is used as an outdoor stream lab to model the dynamics of smaller rivers. The building has 2 floors above the river water level, and 3 floors located below the water level of the river.

Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory
These two photos are views of the laboratory from the west bank of the Mississippi River. The photo above is a downstream view from the Endless Bridge at the Guthrie Theater. The photo below is an upstream view from an observation deck on the Third Avenue Bridge.

Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory

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