Contact(s): Kathy Pospychalla, DNR trail manager, 715-266-7032 or 715-563-0138; Ed Culhane, DNR communications, 715-839-3715
WINTER - An intense thunderstorm this morning, with winds reaching 55 mph, has rendered a large section of the Tuscobia State Trail - from Winter east to Park Falls - impassable because of downed trees.
The state Department of Natural Resources has closed this section of the trail effective immediately. A crew is cutting away the blockages and clearing the trail.
Train manager Kathy Pospychalla, who is part of that crew, said she believes they will have the trail open Thursday.
The 74-mile Tuscobia State Trail is one of the longest in Wisconsin to be converted from a rail corridor. It runs from Park Falls west to a junction with the Wild Rivers State Trail just north of Rice Lake. It cuts through parts of Barron, Washburn, Sawyer and Price counties, passing through part of the Flambeau river State Forest and the rugged terrain of Wisconsin's Blue Hills.