Outdoor Report for April 11, 2013 Published by the Central Office
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Wisconsin looks and feels very more like November than April this week as rain, snow and unseasonable cold moved in across the state. Needless to say, the weather has dampened the spirits of anglers, bird watchers and other outdoor enthusiasts, and created additional challenges to hunters looking for turkeys.
Many rivers in the south are running very high with some approaching flood stage. Slow-no-wake rules are in place on the Rock River in Rock County.
All trails are open to hiking but they are wet and soft. Most mountain bike trails are closed. Mountain bike trails typically remain closed each spring for several weeks until adequate drying of the trail base. Trails managers are asking people to please stay off the soft limestone screened trails until the tread hardens to minimize damage to the trail surface. Deep ruts or footprints are difficult to fix and the trail is easier to grade without these obstacles.
Opening day turkey hunters from the Brule River State Forest down through Columbia County were greeted with a sleet storm. Tom turkeys have been seen all over Iowa, Sauk and Trempealeau counties displaying for hens.
A variety of ducks in large numbers are migrating back from the south, especially on the Wisconsin River between Spring Green and Sauk City. The Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is also filling up with mergansers, wood and mallard ducks, shoveler, northern pintail, green-winged teal, golden-eye, bufflehead, tundra and trumpeter swans, Canada geese and more.
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway vsitors have reported hearing spring peepers and chorus frogs in the evenings. They are also beginning to call in Vernon County. Black bears have been seen emerging from their winter dens, so now is the time to secure any possible sources of food that could attract bears.
Ice fishing continues in the north, including Ashland and Polk counties, but icy conditions hamper the efforts of anglers across much of the state.
Good numbers of rainbow trout have been taken out of the Kewaunee River, near Footbridge and Bruemmer Park by using spawn sacs. In Milwaukee County, when the winds have been light, boats were reporting a good number of brown trout and a few lake trout being caught either jigging or trolling the gaps with spoons. Inland trout fishermen have been having good luck in the early catch and release season catching nice sized brown trout in Iowa County's Love Creek.
On Racine County's the Root River, anglers casting flies and spawn sacks reported good catches of steelhead earlier in the week at the Horlick Dam. The most productive Manitowoc County steelhead fishing continues to be on the West Twin River, with many fish holding up by Shoto Dam.
Freezing temperatures at night and warm days last week resulted in the best statewide maple syrup production of the year. Areas of southern and east central Wisconsin continued to have good runs of sap, while areas in the north and central parts of the state started seeing significant sap flows for the first time this year. Northern counties still have significant snow making sap collection challenging for producers using pails or bags. Producers are reporting higher than normal sugar content in their sap across the state this year. Several have reported 20-38 gallons of maple sap producing 1 gallon of syrup this year while the annual average is around 40 to 1. A cold front predicted for this week should extend the season in the south to a much later date than normal while the north is expected to have sap production continue for at least another week and potentially more.
Statewide Birding Report
This past weekend's warmer weather finally brought an influx of migrants into all portions of Wisconsin, but colder temperatures and rain during the week and in the forecast are slowing things down once again. Birders in southern Wisconsin reported our first large push of kinglets, fox sparrows, phoebes, tree swallows, sapsuckers and some of the early shorebirds and water birds. Some lakes have opened up in the south bringing common loons, pied-billed and horned grebes and a continuing push of diving ducks. Tree swallows, barn swallows and purple martins are beginning to arrive and some robins have begun nest building in the south. In the north, things are much different. Some waterfowl have moved into open rivers but a thick ice-pack remains on most lakes. Redpolls are still quite abundant at feeders and a few folks even report large numbers of evening grosbeaks and other winter finches. The weather forecast doesn't look great for the next week, but birds will continue to push in. Birders can expect some early shorebirds and water birds along with good numbers and diversity of waterfowl in flooded agricultural fields in southern and central Wisconsin. Other expected migrants should include thrashers, towhees and some of the grassland sparrows. People who missed this week's online birding chat on the DNR website can review the questions and answers from the chat by clicking on the link for "ask the experts" on the DNR home page and selecting "birding" from the list of chats. As always, please report your sightings to Wisconsin eBird (www.ebird.org/WI) so that we can better track our migratory bird populations.- Andy Paulios, wildlife biologists and Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative coordinator
Superior DNR Service Center area
Brule River State Forest - April Fool's Day 10 days late? The once bare patches of ground are quickly filling in with new snow Thursday. The weather has given people much to talk about recently and the National Weather Service is predicting chances of snow into next week. A four year old recently commented as she looked out the window at the blowing snow: "When will it be all the way spring?" Opening morning turkey hunters commented that hunting was difficult due to the noisy, crusty snow and wind. It was hard to enter many areas without making too much noise.- Catherine Khalar, visitor services associate
Ashland DNR Service Center area
Ashland County - Last week saw a return of snow showers following the warmer weather that preceded it. Ice fishing on all area lakes continues. Maple sapping is underway and seems to be the most popular outdoor activity behind fishing.- Matt Mackenzie, conservation warden, Ashland
Spooner DNR Service Center area
Polk County - Ice conditions are still okay for fishing. Many of the landings are starting to go with last weekend's rain and runoff. There is still more than 2-feet of good ice on the lake. Panfishing has still been slow, but should pick up when the snow cover melts off the lakes. - Jesse Ashton conservation warden, Luck
Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area - Many spring birds have been spotted on Crex Meadows or Fish Lake Wildlife Areas. Birds that have been spotted: Hooded mergansers, wood and mallard ducks, shoveler, northern pintail, green-winged teal, golden-eye, bufflehead, tundra and trumpeter swans, Canada geese, sandhill cranes, and red-winged Blackbirds. Other highlights include: sharp-shined hawk, great blue heron, short-eared owl, and kinglets. The first birding tour will be Saturday, April 27 at 8 a.m. To learn more, visit http://www.crexmeadows.org/events.htm- Heidi Rusch, natural resources educator
Interstate Park - The Friends of Interstate Park invite you to the annual Spring Gathering of Friends on Saturday afternoon, April 20, at the Ice Age Center. This year's featured addition is a children's program from 3-3:30 p.m. After the children's program there will be free refreshments followed by a special program in the auditorium. At 4 p.m. local author and biographer Phil Peterson will share a visual presentation about Verlen Kruger from his book, "All Things are Possible." Kruger became a renowned 20th adventurer are stepping into a canoe for the first time at the age of 42. Between 1963 and 2004, Verlen paddled more than 100,000 miles. His canoe trips have inspired paddlers throughout the world, and his canoe designs continue to set records. - Julie Fox, natural resources educator
Rhinelander DNR Service Center area
Oneida County - The Wisconsin River has open sections of water which are attracting tundra swans, trumpeter swans, Canada geese and numerous duck species. Bear sightings are being reported and one person observed a loon flying outside of Eagle River. A good place to observe the bird species near Rhinelander is at the public boat landing north of Rhinelander off Apperson Drive. Panfish anglers are still driving on area lakes although the shoreline edges will begin to break up very soon. - James Jung, conservation warden, Rhinelander
Antigo DNR Service Center area
Langlade County - The first spring turkey season has arrived. Although only hunters with period A permits will be allowed to hunt, it is a great time for hunters of other periods to begin their equipment preparation and scouting to prepare for their seasons. Waterfowl are migrating through Langlade County on their way north. Hunters have commented that it seems there are more ducks in the area in April than there are in October. Male woodcock have begun peening in the area. - Tim Otto, conservation warden, Antigo
Peshtigo DNR Service Center area
Marinette County - The boat landing at the Peshtigo municipal garage is open and being used by anglers targeting walleye. Catch rates at this time remain low, but expect things to start heating up this coming week. Fishermen at the Peshtigo Harbor are targeting walleye, trout, and pike, with little success. Menominee River anglers are catching a few walleye, trout, and whitefish around the Hattie Street Dam. The boat launch at Stephenson Island and Boom Landing are open and boaters are reporting that fishing is slow, but a few whitefish and walleye are being caught jigging with crawlers on the down river side of Boom Island.- Kevin King, creel clerk
Oconto County - Most of the fishing pressure has been observed in the Stiles Dam area or at the Oconto Breakwater. Walleye, trout, and pike are the species being targeted. Success rates are still very low as are the water levels in the rivers. The Oconto River is open to the mouth with fishermen casting Cleo's and stick baits for walleye and trout. A few fishermen are walking out on the ice north of the causeway to fish for pike with tip ups. - Kevin King, creel clerk
Green Bay DNR Service Center area
Manitowoc County - The most productive steelhead fishing continues to be on the West Twin River, with many fish holding up by Shoto Dam. Silver Creek, Little Manitowoc River, East Twin River, and Branch River are all holding steelhead in fair numbers. Water levels are high and precaution should be used when wading, especially since water temperatures are still in the upper 30-degree range. The Manitowoc River also has high and fast water and because of this, many areas are now unfishable. Cato Falls on the Manitowoc River, which usually holds some trout and northern at this time of the year, is a roaring whitewater presently and would be difficult to fish. Successful anglers are fishing tributaries at opening fishing hours and having some success with spawn and spawn imitating flies and lures fished under floats. Smaller in-line spinners and spoons are also starting to get a reaction from fish. Ability to read current breaks and other fish holding areas have been important to successful anglers. Some brown trout have also been taken on the West Twin River. Pier and harbor fishing in Manitowoc and Two Rivers has been slow overall. A few browns and channel catfish have been caught on bottom presentations. Browns have also been caught casting spoons. Seagull Marina boat ramp is open and boats have been utilizing it with limited success. Some browns have been caught trolling north of Two Rivers and south of Manitowoc on stick baits behind planer boards. Most browns have been on the small side so far. Whitetails are moving frequently and waterfowl are ubiquitous along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Many species of migratory birds are resting along the shoreline and a large flock of swans was even observed. - Thomas Gerbyshak, fisheries technician, Mishicot
Sturgeon Bay DNR Service Center area
Door County - Fishing pressure has been low due to frozen waters and undesirable fishing conditions. It has snowed, rained, and been cool and windy over the past few days. Ice is still present in many locations on the Green Bay side, but is quickly deteriorating. The remaining ice is no longer safe for ice fishing. Trout do not seem to be in the creeks yet but will be soon. There may be some opportunity near shore from brown trout but fishing has been limited so far. No angler activity was observed on county creeks. Water temperatures are running about 33-degrees for all creeks. Most had moderate flows, and all had clear waters. No fish were seen at Whitefish, Heins and Shivering Sands creeks. here was no fishing pressure observed on the shores and piers of northern Door County. Lake Michigan surface temperature was 39-degrees. A few anglers have been fishing around Sturgeon Bay where the ice is breaking up or melted. The ramps on Green Bay are still frozen over, therefore no boats have been launching from them. Boats have started putting in at Baileys Harbor and the City Dock Ramp in Sturgeon Bay.- David Boyarski, fisheries supervisor, Sturgeon Bay
It was very windy throughout the week slowing fishing. Along the lower west shore of the bay the ice is still not open, but more snow is melting on top of the ice. The Fox River was very busy this week with both boat and shore fishermen. Anglers were targeting walleye, but the numbers were low. The main baits used were jigs and minnows, various colors of rapalas, crank baits (chartreuse and green), and other various plastics (purple). Other species caught were whitefish, the numbers were low and all were released. The water temperature was around 38-41 degrees. - Elizabeth Turos, fisheries technician, Green Bay
Ice conditions on Green Bay are deteriorating rapidly. Anglers choosing to venture out on to the ice should use extreme caution. With increased flow steelhead should start moving into the streams. Anglers choosing to fish the Ahnapee River should be reminded of the refuge located below the Forestville dam that exists for 500 feet. - Neal Patrick, conservation warden, Sister Bay
Potawatomi State Park - About 3-inches of heavy wet snow fell Tuesday. Ice conditions are deteriorating. The Coast Guard has been breaking ice off the park's shoreline so ships can depart winter lay-ups at Bay Shipbuilding. - Lois M. Hanson, visitor services associate
Kewaunee County - Over the past couple weeks, large flocks of tundra swans have been migrating through Kewaunee and Brown counties and can be viewed feeding in corn fields in large numbers - David Allen, conservation warden, Kewaunee
Fishing pressure has been low due to frozen waters and undesirable fishing conditions. It has snowed, rained, and been cool and windy over the past few days. Trout seem to be running in Kewaunee but not the other rivers or creeks yet. Quite a few rainbow trout and a brown trout have been taken out of the Kewaunee River, near Footbridge and Bruemmer Park. They were caught using spawn sacs. White suckerfish were also taken off of County Road E. Most of the effort has been at these locations. Kewaunee River has been pretty high with brown, murky waters and a moderate flow. The water temperature rose from a slushy 29- to 33-degrees. On the Ahnapee River, fishing pressure was extremely low. Near the dam the water temperature was 32-degrees, and 37-degrees nearer the Ahnapee Trail. Water was slow moving and was a dark, rusty color. There was no fishing pressure on the shores. Lake Michigan surface temperature was 39-degrees. Fishing effort was very small on the Kewaunee Pier, with none on all other pier.
Milwaukee DNR Service Center area
Lake Michigan fisheries team report - Compiled from creel clerks by Cheryl Masterson and Jeffrey Zinuticz, fisheries technicians, Milwaukee
Sheboygan County - In Sheboygan the piers have had a fair amount of angling pressure the past few days, however, there have been very few fish being caught. Most successful anglers are fishing earlier in the morning and are casting spoons or spawn. Anglers targeting steelhead on the Sheboygan River have not had much luck. The occasional steelhead or northern pike was caught near the Kohler Dam. Steelheading in Weedens Creek has also been slow, but a few fish have been taken in the Pigeon River near the wayside on County Highway LS and upstream at the County Highway Y bridge. The water temperature in all Sheboygan area tributaries is around 38 degrees.
Ozaukee County - Fishing in the Port Washington area was somewhat slow this weekend. Saturday's high winds made fishing the north break wall nearly impossible, and very few boats were venturing out of the harbor. However, anglers were able to find a few rainbows and brown trout near the utility discharge. In the past week water levels have dropped in Sauk Creek and the water clarity has increased. Water temperatures have now risen to 42 degrees as of Saturday.
Milwaukee County - In Milwaukee McKinley, Riverfront, and South Shore boat launches are all open. When the winds have been light, boats were reporting a good number of brown trout and a few lake trout being caught either jigging or trolling the gaps with spoons. Anglers fishing the Summerfest area were reporting a few browns caught on medium golden shiners under a float. Shore fishing has been best when the winds have been light. A few fishermen were under the Hoan Bridge at Jones Island fishing for browns, and a few fish have been reported caught on live bait. There were some steelheaders in Oak Creek, but fishing was slow with only a few rainbows seen. Fishing at the Oak Creek power plant has been slow. The Milwaukee River is at moderate to high levels with low water clarity due to the recent snowmelt. The water temperature was 38-40 degrees. Anglers below the North Avenue dam were reporting some steelhead being caught on spawn sacs, and a few walleye and northern pike have been caught as well. Upstream of the dam fishing has been slow. The Menomonee River is at normal water levels with clear water and the temperature is in the upper 30s. A few anglers were catching some brown trout over at MMSD; however, anglers targeting perch were reporting minimal catches. Fly fishermen at Miller Park caught a few rainbows in the deeper pools, but not many fish were seen in the area overall.
Racine County - In Racine the ice has finally disappeared from Reefpoint Marina. Boat anglers were casting crank baits and spoons while maneuvering around the docks on Sunday. Good catches of brown trout were reported by shore anglers fishing the marina with spawn sacks on the bottom. Fishing success has been hit or miss on the lakefront due to shifting winds and large variations in temperature. A few anglers were seen on North Pier with no reports of fish taken. Surface temperature on the lake was 39 degrees last Friday. On the Root River, anglers casting flies and spawn sacks reported good catches of steelhead earlier in the week at the Horlick Dam. Large numbers of suckers filled the river by the dam on Saturday morning, providing anglers with nonstop action. Anglers at Quarry Lake and Lincoln Parks hooked into suckers as well, with reports of a few northern pike taken. Anglers at Island Park and Washington Park landed several steelhead using spawn sacks and wax worms. The steelhead averaged from 3 to 7 pounds. Adding two or three wax worms to a jig head or a plain hook while fishing under a slip bobber worked well. The flow and water level has steadily dropped during the past week with the river temperature at 41-42F on Saturday. Fish were processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility on Monday, April 8. A total of 75 steelhead have been passed upriver so far this spring, and our next processing day is scheduled for Monday.
Kenosha County - In Kenosha a few boaters ventured out from the ramps on Sunday. Most worked the harbor area and the piers. A few boaters landed brown trout and steelhead using wax worms and crank baits. Shore anglers fishing at Southport Marina report catching a few brown trout and the harbor continues to produce steelhead and a few brown trout. Anglers using wax worms, spawn sacks, and jigs tipped with white plastic twister tails reported success. Anglers casting crank baits landed a few brown trout while fishing the rocky shore around the 50th street bridge. Fishing pressure on the Pike River picked up a bit on Friday as the water level and flow rate continued to drop. Anglers drifting spawn sacks and fly fishing with egg patterns were kept busy landing suckers. One fly fisherman landed a few steelhead while casting green sucker spawn and egg sucking leeches.
South Central Region
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway - Trails are all open and in passable condition; however trees that blew down during the winter may create temporary obstructions. The trails will be in very muddy conditions with all the rain we received. Warm days have seen several visitors hiking and viewing wildlife. Visitors have reported hearing spring peepers and chorus frogs in the evenings. Turkeys have been gobbling more and are beginning to separate from their groups. Turkey hunting will be occurring throughout the river way so hikers are encouraged to wear bright colored clothing. Bird watchers are reporting an excellent spring waterfowl migration with several species passing through. The waterfowl have their spring plumage and look beautiful. - Matt Sequin, property manager
Iowa County - The walleyes have been biting mile just up from the Hwy. 14 bridge on the Wisconsin River. The smallmouth bass have been biting off of Hwy Y on the Wisconsin River. Inland trout fishermen have been having good luck in the early catch and release season catching nice sized brown trout in Love Creek. Tom turkeys have been seen all over Sauk and Iowa counties displaying for their hens. Scattered sightings of sandhill cranes have been seen in northern Iowa County. Turkey hunters are reminded to be sure of their target and what is beyond that tom turkey they are shooting at. If you see another hunter approaching your decoy set up, don't wave at them (some hunters shoot at movement and may think you are a turkey), speak in a loud and clear voice that you are a hunter. There are a good number and a lot of variety of ducks migrating back from the south, especially on the Wisconsin River between Spring Green and Sauk City. - David Youngquist, conservation warden, Dodgeville
Blue Mound State Park - All trails are open to hiking and a little wet and soft. Mountain bike trails are closed. The mountain bike trails typically remain closed each spring for several weeks until adequate drying of the trail base. Please contact the park for current trail conditions at 608-437-5711. The campground and roads are open. All water facilities are currently closed. A cold water hydrant is located at the campground entrance near the recyclable container. - Kevin Swenson, park manager
Fitchburg DNR Service Center area
Columbia County - Winter does not want to let go of its grip. Opening day turkey hunters were greeted with a sleet storm, and more snow in the forecast. However, spring continues to roll in, evidenced by the spring peepers being heard at Swan Lake Wildlife Area this week. Waterfowl continue to provide excellent birding opportunities around the county. Many traditional spots, such as Whalen Grade at Lake Wisconsin as well as flooded farm fields are sporting many species of water birds. Species seen this week include mergansers, buffleheads, ruddy ducks, shovelers, redheads, blue-winged teal, mallards, scaup, canvasbacks, coots, tundra swans, Canada geese, sandhill cranes, red-winged blackbirds, and kill-deer. Turkey flocks are beginning to break up with lone toms and small groups of toms seen roaming the countryside. Mallards are reported to be searching for nest sites. - Sara Kehrli, wildlife biologist, Poynette
Water levels are up in the Wisconsin River system. There is open water down to Lake Wisconsin. Walleyes are starting to move upstream. Turkeys are still in their winter flocks. Ice fishermen are still catching panfish on local lakes. - Paul Nadolski, conservation warden, Portage
Janesville DNR Service Center area
Rock County - Water levels on the Rock River continue to rise causing flooding throughout Rock County. Slow-no-wake restrictions are in effect, but boating on the river is not safe at this time because of the high, fast-flowing water. The walleye run is on and fishermen report having good success below the dams on the Rock River with jigs and minnows. Northern pike are also biting on the Rock River with several fish over 30 inches being kept at Indianford. Game-fishing for walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and muskellunge is closed on all inland waters until the first Saturday in May. The only open waters for game-fish in Rock County are the Rock River and Lake Koshkonong. Closed areas for game-fishing include all tributaries to the Rock River, such as Turtle Creek, Yahara River, and Traxler Pond. Traxler Pond continues to produce crappie. Anglers are reminded that 2012 fishing licenses expired March 31 and new licenses are available. Several hunter and boater education classes are being offered in the county over the next couple months. Check the DNR webpage for class details and contact numbers. The spring fish and game hearing was held April 8 and had 96 attended. Spring hearing results can be found on the DNR website. The spring turkey season is now open and turkeys are starting to break away from the winter flocks. The youth spring turkey hunt was held last weekend and weather was ideal. Several youth hunters reported harvesting birds, but participation in Rock County seemed to be light. - Boyd Richter, conservation warden, Janesville
West Central Region
Baldwin DNR Service Center area
Willow River State Park - Willow Falls is running approximately 10 times its normal flow right now, according to the USGS. The weather turned ugly Wednesday and bad weather is expected to stay for a couple days. It is an opportunity to see the falls at considerably higher than normal flow. Unpredictable things can happen off trail along a river in flood, even to those with years of off trail-back country experience. Stay on the trail. - Jeffrey L. Bolte, visitor services associate
La Crosse DNR Service Center area
Vernon County - As water temperatures in ponds, lakes, and marshes approach 50 degrees during the next several weeks, frogs and toads will begin calling. Like male songbirds, male frogs and toads announce their presence to females by singing or calling. Also like birds, each species of frog and toad has a unique call. Because frogs and toads are amphibians, they require water for breeding and have specific breeding habitat preferences, just as birds have preferred breeding habitats, and water temperature preferences. Some breed in woodland pools, some in spring seeps, and others in cattail marshes. Frog and toad eggs, which are laid in water, hatch into tadpoles and metamorphose into adult frogs or toads. Chorus frogs are the first frog to call in the spring, beginning from March to mid-April. Their calling is soon followed by that of wood frogs and spring peepers. Toads usually begin calling or trilling in late April or early May, followed rapidly by leopard and pickerel frogs, then green frogs, gray tree frogs, and cricket frogs. Mink frogs usually call by early June, and bullfrogs begin calling shortly thereafter. - Dave Matheys, wildlife biologist, Viroqua
Black River Falls DNR Service Center area
Black River State Forest - Spring doesn't want to arrive at the state forest. There is still some snow in the woods and temperatures are predicted to be 10-15 degrees lower than average for the next several days. Trails are closed and will reopen for the summer season on May 15. We will be working on the Pray connector this spring to improve three key wetland crossings. This work helps maintain the long term sustainability of the trail system - Peter Bakken, superintendent
Trempealeau County - Even with snow still on the ground, the tom turkeys are gobbling and quite active at dawn. Spring birds are being seen in the northern parts of Trempealeau and Jackson counties, although winter birds such as Juncos, are still visiting bird feeders in the area. Walleye fishing on the Mississippi River has slowed with the rising water levels and the cool-down of the water from snow-melt. Boat registrations and most hunting and fishing licenses expired at the end of March, so be sure to check yours before venturing into the Wisconsin outdoors. - Robin Barnhardt, conservation warden, Osseo
Eau Claire DNR Service Center area
Red Cedar State Trail - Flooding is expected the next couple of days. Some sections of trail maybe closed especially between Menomonie and Irvington. Please use caution and never walk or bike through flowing water. Please stay off the trail until the tread hardens to minimize damage to the trail surface. Deep ruts or footprints are difficult to fix and the trail is easier to grade without these obstacles. Bicyclists 16 years or older must buy a state trail pass before using the trail. Trail users may buy trail passes at the self-registration station in Menomonie or in Downsville if no trail attendant is present. - Calvin Kunkel, ranger
Wisconsin Rapids DNR Service Center area
Buckhorn State Park - Campsites 8, 9, 16 are first come basis. Drinking water is available at the park office next to the restroom. All other sites are closed to camping for the season due to roads, trails and campsites still being ice and snow covered. There are open areas by the Buckhorn Bridge where people have started shore fishing. The bridge is also a good early morning bird watching spot. Hunting maps for the spring season are available online and will be in the map box in the office lot. Buckhorn State Park is Zone 1F and open for those drawn for the special permits for the first three periods. - Heather Wolf, park manager
Roche-A-Cri State Park - The main gate and campground are closed. Parking is in the winter lot and park stickers are still required. Please do not block the main gate. The stairway is open from 6 a.m. until sunset and is not maintained for winter use. No food, drinks or pets are allowed and visitors are restricted to the stairway to protect the natural area. The transition from winter to spring is a great time to take photos for the 20th annual photo contest. Hunting maps for the spring season are available online and will be in the map box in the winter lot. - Heather Wolf, park manager