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Outdoor Report

Published July 18, 2019 by the Central Office

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Hot summer weather this week has many people looking for ways to cool down. Some rivers busy with people tubing, kayaking, and canoeing and others are heading out in search of beaches.

River levels continue to be high in northeast Wisconsin. In the last week, southern Oconto and Marinette counties received up to 5 inches of rain, which pushed flows in the Oconto, Peshtigo and Menominee rivers to much higher than normal levels. Because of the high water, many small lakes in Central Wisconsin have slow no wake restrictions in place. Driven by a growing number of calls and complaints about excessive wakes, both Wisconsin and Minnesota have launched an educational effort urging people to "Own Your Wake - for everyone's sake," to spread the word about minimizing wakes that might pose a nuisance or hazard to others.

The beach on Interfalls Lake at Pattison State Park has reopened. - Photo credit: DNR
The beach on Interfalls Lake at Pattison State Park has reopened.Photo credit: DNR

More than a year after the Father's Day flood event took out a dam and drained Interfalls Lake at Pattison State Park, the lake has refilled and the beach has reopened to the delight of visitors looking cool down with a swim. The Woods Lake beach at Governor Thompson State park with its 150-foot sand beach has been attracting swimmers. Due to high Lake Michigan water levels the beaches at Whitefish Dunes State Park have shrunken some but access is still open at two beaches. To find more locations and the latest beach condition reports search the DNR website for "beaches." A reminder most beaches do not allow dogs. To find pet swim areas at state properties search the DNR website for "pets."

Woods Lake at Governor Thompson State Park has a 150-foot sand beach. - Photo credit: DNR
Woods Lake at Governor Thompson State Park has a 150-foot sand beach.Photo credit: DNR

Channel catfish are being caught on the Wolf River. Anglers targeting yellow perch on Lake Winnebago have been having success, with some anglers even catching limits. Walleyes are also still being caught throughout the Winnebago system.

There was good fishing for perch and walleye this week along both the east and west shores of Green Bay. Finally the news anglers fishing northern Door County wanted to hear: chinook salmon have started to show up, with boats catching upwards of five fish. Smallmouth bass fishing in and around the Mink River was still producing fish, with even a few 5-pound fish being caught yet. On the bayside, smallmouth bass fishing remained steady throughout the week with boats catching roughly 20 fish per boat.

The beaches at Whitefish Dunes State Park have shrunk due to high Lake Michigan water levels but two are still accessible. - Photo credit: DNR
The beaches at Whitefish Dunes State Park have shrunk due to high Lake Michigan water levels but two are still accessible.Photo credit: DNR

Fishing activity on southern Lake Michigan picked up quite a bit this week out of Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha with onset of a Salmon-A-Rama tournament. The most targeted fish were kings and coho; however, most of the fish reported were lake trout and steelhead with some salmon also caught.

Turkey broods are being seen and the young seem to have more than doubled in size over a weeks' time. Reports of fawns are still coming in strong with one report this week of a doe with triplets. Loons are serenating into the night on Northwoods lakes.

Bergamot, purple coneflower, blazing star, butterfly weed and black-eyed Susan are adding pops of color on the landscape. Strawberries, blueberries and Juneberries are ripening.

Anyone looking to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this Saturday, July 20, can attend one several astronomy programs that will be held this weekend at state properties.

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Upcoming featured events at Wisconsin recreational properties

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this Saturday, July 20, at one of the many astronomy programs that will be held this weekend at state properties, including Devil's Lake and Potawatomi on Friday and Gov. Dodge, Peninsula and Wyalusing on Saturday. Interstate and Peninsula are also having moon art and craft programs during the day on Saturday. The Friends of Devil's Lake are holding a Fur Trader Encampment complete with Voyager canoe rides Friday and Saturday. Shakespeare in Park will be at Three Bridges Park along the Hank Aaron State Trail on Friday, Lake Kegonsa on Saturday and Mirror Lake on Sunday. Learn about remote control flying of model airplanes at Richard Bong, the only state property with a special use area where flying-related activities are allowed. There is music in the parks this weekend at Harrington Beach on Friday and Blue Mound and Mirror Lake on Saturday.
Click on the links below for highlighted programs this weekend or click on Get Outdoors," for a complete listing of events.
Friday & Saturday July 19 & 20, 2019

Friday, July 19, 2019

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Sunday, July 21, 2019

For all events search Get Outdoors

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Upcoming State Natural Area Workday

July 20, 10 a.m.-noon York Prairie: Join us to take care of the 3 units of the York Prairie State Natural Area and enjoy the beauty of these prairie remnants. We'll do a variety of tasks including seed collecting, brush removal, and weed removal. The seeds will be used in areas where brush has been cleared and to increase diversity on these sites. We have several days scheduled so come to one or all. This is a great way to start learning prairie plants.

July 24, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Travelling seed crew: Enjoy the simple act of seed collecting, a little adventure, and being outside. We will travel around southern Wisconsin (often 1 hour from Madison) to collect seed for ongoing restoration projects on important State Natural Areas. This is a great activity for new or experienced seed collectors with the chance to learn about and see new sites. We'll meet at 3911 Fish Hatchery Rd at 9am and carpool from that location or you can choose to meet us on site. Then we'll collect till 1 p.m., find a place to eat a picnic lunch together (bring your own), and be back by 3 p.m. or earlier.

July 25, 9 a.m.-noon - Kettle Moraine Oak Opening Workday: Collecting seed and cutting brush - Come help volunteers during the weekday version of Southern Kettle Moraine SNA workdays. We'll divide into teams to cut aspen and sumac on remnant prairies and collect seed. This work will follow up on efforts in previous years to continue to restore the native plant community.

No skills needed you will be trained onsite. Check the State Natural Areas Volunteer Program /topic/lands/naturalareas/volunteer.html page of the DNR website for details. - Jared Urban, conservation biologist, Dane. - Jared Urban, conservation biologist, Dane

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Northern Region

Superior DNR Service Center area

Rocking the wall. - Photo credit: DNR
Rocking the wall.Photo credit: DNR
Rocking the wall. - Photo credit: DNR
Moving rocking the wall.Photo credit: DNR
Rocking the wall. - Photo credit: DNR
Moring gravel.Photo credit: DNR
Rocking the wall. - Photo credit: DNR
Spawning redds.Photo credit: DNR

Brule River State Forest - Both Copper Range and Bois Brule campgrounds continue to be busy over the weekends, but you can still claim a first-come, first-served site on most nights. The Brule River Sportsman's Club has organized a habitat restoration project that is taking place this month on the Bois Brule River. This year they are revisiting the Brule's main-stem where the goal is to rehabilitate fish spawning areas that were originally created in the 1990s, downstream from the canoe landing at Stone's Bridge. That work involved rebuilding rock wings; initially installed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s to constrict flow allowing easier canoe passage with the hope that it would also improve trout habitat. Then, washed gravel was placed on the streambed at each of the structures creating ideal spawning grounds for trout and salmon. Each time the female fish create their nests for the year, gravel and rocks are disturbed and ultimately migrate downstream. Also, high water events, and heavy flow rates contribute to this process. Every five years or so, club members, volunteers, and DNR staff transport the gravel and rock back upstream and re-establish the spawning grounds that trout and salmon extensively rely on year after year. This year's habitat work days are scheduled for July 20 and 27. On both Saturday's, volunteers are asked to meet at the Stone's Bridge Canoe landing on County Highway S at 9 a.m. Volunteers will need waders and gloves. Bring a shovel if you have one with a strong handle. The club will provide water. Work will extend from about 9 a.m. until noon when the club will provide a 'Sloppy Joe' lunch. - Mitch Pauly, visitor services associate

Pattison State Park - More than a year after the Father's Day flood event at Pattison, the beach at Pattison State Park opened on July 3, 2019. Prior to that, the park received many inquiries and phone calls wondering if the beach will be open this summer. The month of July has been very hot, and visitors are delighted that they can now go to the beach and cool down with a swim. - Gervase Thompson, ranger

Woodruff DNR Service Center area

Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest - The lush green of summer abounds in the state forest. Ferns are waste high and the understory is thick, making it hard to see very far into the woods. Fireweed, yarrow, daisies, black eyed Susan's and hawkweed add their splash of color to the roadsides and fields. Many songbirds can still be heard calling even though many are busy raising their broods. Loons are serenating into the night, if one is lucky to be on or near a lake. Many butterflies are about with the warm humid days, the mosquitos are out in the evening! Strawberries are ripe and birds are picking the ripe Juneberries. It's swimming weather. - Rosalie Richter, visitor services associate

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Northeast Region

Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report

Marinette County - A few perch were caught by shore anglers at Little River and by boat anglers fishing close to shore. Small perch and rock bass were mostly caught with a couple keeper size perch taken. A few brown trout were caught over the weekend in the bay. One fish per boat was common by anglers fishing the Trout Bar east of Little River launch. No real pattern as to spoon colors or depth reported other than fishing the temperature break. - Scott Poquette, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Oconto County - Good fishing for perch and walleyes this week in the bay off Oconto. Walleyes were caught from Oconto Shoal south to Pensaukee. Anglers were targeting depths of 15 to 25 feet with crawler harnesses and casting shiver minnows producing fish. Perch fishing was good between Oconto Park II and the Oconto River. Crawlers were producing the most fish with minnows catching the larger fish. A good deal of sorting to get some keepers was reported with 1 out of 5 being of keeper size. Several large perch were reported up to 16 inches. - Scott Poquette, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Brown County - Fox River use was low all week. Most people who launched were pleasure boaters with just a few boats for fishing. The few anglers that launched from these sites were targeting smallmouth bass, walleye, and musky. The only species that anglers had a little luck catching were smallmouth bass. The shore fishing was low this week as well. Most shore anglers were targeting sheepshead and walleye. The Geano Beach boat launch was being used heavily during the week due to the walleye bite being very good. Most anglers that were targeting walleye were catching at least three walleyes. The fishing pressure has been very high for walleyes, but for other species it has been low. Most boats were trolling with flicker shads or night crawler harnesses. During the week the fishing pressure was just a little lighter than it was on the weekend. The Suamico boat launch was also being used heavily due to the walleye bite being very good. Most anglers targeting walleyes ate catching at least three walleyes. Most of the walleyes being caught are between 16 inches and 23 inches. The fishing pressure has been very high. A few sheepshead and catfish have been caught by walleye anglers. - Brandon Wagester, fisheries technician, Green Bay

Traffic at Bayshore Park remains steady, with high usage over the weekend for anglers and pleasure boaters alike. Anglers were targeting walleye finally with success. On average, parties were catching between three to 10 fish. An angler suggested use of a fire tiger; another did well using purple, and No. 7 flicker minnows. A unsuccessful party was pursuing muskellunge; catching a few freshwater drum in the process. Shore anglers from the break wall were targeting no species in particular, often fishing in short intervals with low success. - Riley Schultz, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Door County - Finally the news that majority of anglers wanted to hear. The salmon have started to arrive in Bailey's Harbor. Chinook salmon started to so up around July 9, with boats catching upwards of five fish. As the week progressed and went into the weekend the fish were still hanging around. Majority of the boats came in with three to five fish. Chinook salmon were being targeted in 90 to 150 feet of water. It seemed like everything came on the top 50 feet of the water column. The surface temps were 63 degrees with 47 to 52 degrees reported 50 feet down. The only pattern that was picked up this week was using green or blue colored baits. Fish were caught on downriggers, dipsy divers, 200 feet of copper, and even different lengths of lead core. Five, seven, and even 10 colors of lead core all produced fish. Flasher fly combos on dipsy divers produced some of the larger fish that were caught over the weekend. It seemed that anglers that focused around Moonlight Bay and the Cana Island Lighthouse had the best luck over the weekend. Anglers fishing out of Gills Rock picked up some fish over the week as well. It seemed like most anglers were working around 120 feet of water. Both flasher fly combos and magnum spoons took fish over the week. One angler went out of Rowley's Bay for salmon and managed to catch one chinook. That angler was working the 90-110 feet of water range. Smallmouth bass fishing in and around the Mink River is still producing fish, with even a few 5-pound fish being caught yet. Anglers using plastics had the best success in the Mink. The water temps near the Mink River are still in the 70s. Shore anglers fishing off the pier had success for smallmouth bass using leeches and a bobber. One group of anglers I talked to caught 12 smallmouth bass in roughly two hours, however, majority of the fish caught were under 12 inches. On the bayside, smallmouth bass fishing remained steady throughout the week with boats catching roughly 20 fish per boat. The water temps in Fish Creek to Sister Bay were 69 to 71 degrees. The closer the anglers got to the shorelines the warmer the temps were. While out by the Little Sister Islands and Strawberry Island the water temps were closer to the 69 degrees. It seemed anglers using plastics targeting the 8 to 15 feet of water had the best luck. The average size of fish caught were around 3 pounds. Shore anglers at Weborg Point in Peninsula State Park caught rock bass and a few smallmouth bass over the week, these anglers were using worms. The best spot for shore fishing over the last week was at Sister Bay. With the northerly wind that occurred over the weekend it pushed some bait up along the break wall and the smallmouth bass were stacked up along the break wall. Most of the fish were caught using worms. The smallmouth bass ranged between 10 to 12 inches while a larger bass would be caught occasionally. Andersons Dock had its usual crowd over the weekend with a handful of smallmouth bass caught. The anglers that caught smallmouth bass had best luck using leeches that were suspended six inches off the bottom. Yellow perch fishing has remained slow over the week. Egg Harbor was the only port that yellow perch were caught throughout the week. The best time for perch fishing is early morning with fish being caught between 5 and 7am. There was one perch caught at the piers in Fish Creek on Saturday. - Cody Flavion, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay

At Chaudoir's Dock the majority of anglers were targeting walleye and yellow perch. Successful parties seeking perch were catching and keeping on average one to five fish; a party also reported a catch of a couple white bass. A party seeking walleye caught instead five freshwater drum. - Riley Schultz, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Peshtigo DNR Service Center area

River conditions continue to be high in northeast Wisconsin rivers. In the last few days, southern Oconto and Marinette counties received up to 5 inches of rain, which pushed flows in the lower Oconto, Peshtigo and Menominee rivers to much higher than normal levels. Boaters and recreationalist should use caution when participating in activities on these waters. - Mike Donofrio, fisheries supervisor, Peshtigo

Marinette County - Heavy rains early in the week have the creeks and rivers cloudy with a bit higher flow than normal. The water is still within the banks on most creeks and they all still look fishable. Mosquitoes, ticks, and deer flies are all out but only locally heavy, much of the county is enjoying low numbers of biting insects. Blueberries are now ripe for the picking as are juneberries (serviceberries). A few turkey broods are being seen and the young seem to have more than doubled in size over a weeks' time. Reports of fawns are still coming in strong with one report this week of a doe with triplets. Butterfly weed, common milkweed and swamp milkweed are all currently in bloom and are often visited by monarch butterflies and utilized by their caterpillars. Warm and sunny weekend weather and peak of vacation season have some stretches of the Peshtigo River very busy with people tubing, kayaking, and canoeing. - Aaron McCullough, wildlife technician, Wausaukee

Governor Thompson State Park - Wildflowers blooming include butterfly weed, purple cone flowers, brown eyed Susans, blazing star, and Ohio spiderwort. Fawns are being seen in the park. The Woods Lake picnic area has a 150-foot sand beach, a sunning area and changing rooms that have been attracting swimmers. - Maggie Kailhofer, property supervisor

Green Bay DNR Service Center area

Manitowoc County - Manitowoc County is in full summer swing. A beautiful array of colors can be seen throughout the county as most all flowers are in full bloom. The river levels are still high but down significantly from earlier this summer with all boat launches back open. Perfect levels for kayaking or canoeing. A reminder to all when out on the water to wear your life jacket, at minimum you must have a life jacket on board for each person. The beaches throughout the county will continue to be busy as this hot weather continues. To get the lasted beach condition reports visit: https://www.wibeaches.us. A reminder most beaches do not allow dogs on them, please keep your pets safe at home and do not leave them in your car. It will be a very hot weekend, take advantage of the cooler weather in the early morning or late evening hours to get your walk in or breath some fresh air. Stay cool and enjoy the great outdoors. - Alyssa R Neff-Miller, conservation warden, Mishicot

Sturgeon Bay DNR Service Center area

Whitefish Dunes State Park - Beach access is open at second beach and third beach for visitors with pets. Due to high water levels the best beach access is at the third beach, which has a little more sand. There currently isn't a lot of shoreline to hike along at this time. Bug spray is recommended if hiking in the park. Indigo buntings, downy and red-headed woodpeckers have been spotted. Hummingbirds are also coming to the feeder. Orange hawkweed and thimbleberries are blooming. Fawns have been spotted along the trails and visitors are reminded to keep wildlife wild and keep their distance.- Jaclyn Moeri, visitor services associate

Wautoma DNR Service Center area

Waupaca County - Fishing has started to slow down but anglers have been doing well on catfish. Channel catfish are being caught on a Wolf River rig where there is current. The best time to go is right before darkness and into the evening. The rivers still have high water and it is a great time to enjoy kayaking on rivers. Because of the high water, many small lakes in Central Wisconsin have slow no wake restrictions on them for motor boats. Please read the regulations at the launch before venturing out on the water. - Ted Dremel, conservation warden, Wautoma

Oshkosh DNR Service Center area

Lake Winnebago System

Anglers targeting yellow perch on Lake Winnebago have been having success, with some anglers even catching limits of 25 fish. Reports indicate that fish are being caught throughout the lake and that most anglers are having the best success on transition edges between rock and mud substrate. Walleyes are also still being caught throughout the Winnebago Pool Lakes with anglers finding fish both in the mud and up on reefs during days with wind. - Ryan Koenigs, fisheries biologist, Oshkosh

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Southeast Region

Milwaukee DNR Service Center area

Southern Lake Michigan fisheries team report

Sheboygan County - Pier fishing effort remains consist; however, it started to pick up a little more this weekend due to Salmon-A-Rama that started Saturday. Both the north pier and south pier were busy, but there were no fish reported. Anglers have been using a variety of baits, but nothing has been working. The Sheboygan ramps saw a lot of action this week. Some were pleasure boaters, but most were fishing boats. Majority of anglers that were out came back successful. Most boats were averaging around three to four fish. The most targeted fish were coho and chinook. Most of the fish caught were rainbow and lake trout, but there were a handful of good-sized kings seen as well. Only a few coho were reported. Those having the most success seemed to be fishing in deeper waters and using either spoons or flasher flies. - C.J. Usadel, fisheries technician, Plymouth

Ozaukee County - Fishing effort along the Port Washington shore and the piers was a little slower than normal this past week. Most anglers were targeting anything at this point, but there were a few specifically targeting kings and coho. There also were a few perch fisherman out but had no luck. The anglers that were only targeting carp seemed to have the most success with just a couple common carp reported during survey time. Anglers continue to use a variety of different baits, both live and artificial. There was minimal fishing effort seen at the utility this week most likely due to the warmer water. Surface water temperatures remained in the high-60s. Fishing pressure at the Port Washington ramp remained high. A few were seen pleasure boating over the weekend, but most were fishing boats. Many of the anglers that were out came back successful. The average boat brought back around six to seven fish totals. A few brought in more than that as well. The most targeted fish were kings and coho; however, most of the fish reported were lake trout and steelhead. There also were a few coho and kings reported as well, with the kings being good sized. Anglers were using a variety of different artificial baits, with flasher flies being the most popular. Most anglers having success were fishing in the deeper waters of at least 200 ft down. - C.J. Usadel, fisheries technician, Plymouth

Milwaukee County - McKinley Marina has been incredibly busy as Salmon-A-Rama kicked off last Saturday. Most boats came in with two to three fish each, many of which were steelhead and lake trout. A couple good sized kings and coho were also seen. Many anglers said they were out deep and were having most success just north of the city. Shore fishing efforts have increased since Summerfest came to an end, but success has been quite limited. Many anglers were targeting trout and salmon, but reported no hits. Shore fishing efforts have increased at South Shore park this week, with many anglers fishing on the dock and near the yacht club. There was reported success with perch and rock bass near the rocks in shallow water. Fishing efforts increased at the South Shore and Bender Ramps. Fishing boats were coming in with some steelhead and lake trout, and occasionally with a king. Most anglers said they were out deep and had luck with spoons and spinners. The Oak Creek Power Plant pier saw little effort this week, and no fish were reported. A few carp could be seen off the far end of the pier. - Jessica Jenkins, fisheries technician, Milwaukee

Racine County - Fishing activity in Racine this week was slow all around. Very few boats were reported at the boat launch and shoreline fishing was slow as well. It was fairly hot which has led to warming water temperatures with the water reaching the high 60s close to shore. A few perch were being caught from shore with only a few salmonids being caught from boats. The piers and shorelines saw some action from anglers this past week. A few anglers were still trying for trout or salmon but were unsuccessful. Some anglers were still fishing for perch with some success. Most perch were being caught with minnows. A few gobies and bluegill were caught as well while anglers were fishing for perch. There was also quite a bit of people preparing for Salmon-A-Rama on the south pier setting up tents. The water temperature was in the mid to high 60s off of the south pier. Fishing activity at the ramps was slow this past week. Only a few boats were reported each day. A few pleasure boaters were seen with the majority of the activity being from fishermen. Anglers seemed to be targeting mainly chinook or coho but were happy with whatever they caught. Boats had limited success and only brought in a few fish each. One brown trout was caught, as well as a few coho and lake trout. The average boat came in with around two to three fish. Anglers were catching fish with spoons, flies or coho rigs. Anglers reported catching fish anywhere from 100 to over 200 feet. The water at the boat ramp was in the high 60s. - Andrew Krecak, fisheries technician, Sturtevant

Kenosha County - Fishing activity the past week in Kenosha was also a little slow. Very few boats were seen at the launch and not many people were fishing from shore. Those fishing from boats had little success while those fishing from shore had some success with perch. Dredging and construction still continue in and around the harbor. Fishing activity along the piers and shorelines saw some activity this week. Very few anglers were seen fishing for salmon or trout. The anglers who were fishing for salmon or trout didn't have any success as none were fish were catches were reported. Most of the very few anglers were targeting perch. The perch fishermen seen were using mainly plastic bats and were having some success. The most perch action occurred early in the morning with the bits shutting off once the sun got high in the sky. A few gobies were caught as well. The ramp in Kenosha saw very little action this past week. Only a few fishing boats were reported. A few pleasure boaters were seen as well. The anglers who came off the lake didn't have much success. Only one chinook was recorded at the boat ramp. The water temp at the boat ramp was in the high 60s to low 70s. - Andrew Krecak, fisheries technician, Sturtevant

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South Central Region

Horicon DNR Service Center area

Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area - Summer is in full swing with prairies in bloom. Bergamot, purple coneflower, blazing star, butterfly weed and black eyed Susan are adding pops of color on the landscape. Black raspberries are going strong as well. Shorebird migration has begun with decent habitat on the north end of Horicon Marsh along highway 49. Both glossy and white-faced ibis continue to be seen in this area. A reminder that the auto tour and hiking trails off of Highway 49 and part of the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge continue to be closed this summer for all user access for construction. Monarchs and red admirals are being seen in large numbers this week. Be sure to stop in to the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center (N7725 Highway 28, Horicon) to cool off this summer. Be sure to check out the Explorium while you are there! - Elizabeth Herzmann, natural resources educator

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West Central Region

Baldwin DNR Service Center area

Kinnickinnic State Park - Plants and animals in the park are in their summer patterns. Warm season prairie grass has passed up the early emerging cool season grasses and the spring's young are out and about. Broods of turkey and pheasant fledglings are growing fast and can be seen feeding on the roadsides. Spindly legged, spotted fawns are old enough to follow their mother around. A lucky few may see them in short grass or open woodland areas. Aside from birds the most common animals in the park are the mosquito, deer fly and gnat. Insect repellent is strongly encouraged. The St. Croix River has dropped below flood stage. River levels are expected to continue to drop to normal levels. Higher than normal water levels can increase or change river currents and limit beach access. The hill from the St. Croix parking lot to the beach is closed to vehicle traffic. It is still accessible to foot travel and is the most convenient access to the St. Croix River. Warm summer temperatures have kayakers enjoying the scenery along the lower Kinnickinnic river. The river and associated lots can be busy on warm weekends. Please respect other users and plan ahead to avoid congestion. - Eric Klumb, ranger

Eau Claire DNR Service Center area

Lake Wissota State Park - Hot summer weather has many park goers looking for a way to cool down. This is a perfect opportunity to go for a swim at our beach or enjoy time on the water. You can launch your own boat at the boat launch otherwise kayaks and canoe rentals are also available. Be sure use caution, stay hydrated, and do not over exert yourself during hot periods of the day. This could lead to dehydration and heat exhaustion. Many of our wildflowers are in bloom particularly in our parries. Some of the species in bloom include Wild bergamot, brown eyed susans, lesser daisy fleabane, the water lilies, some of the aster varieties, orange hawkweed, wild columbine, ox eye daisy, wooly yarrow. Raspberries are currently producing fruit. We are also seeing a variety of bird species including: scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings, towhees, golden finches, ravens, rose-breasted grosbeaks, robins, a variety of wrens, phoebes, Canada geese, turkey vultures, pileated woodpeckers, great blue herons, barred owls, osprey, bald eagles and belted kingfishers. - Nathan Fries, ranger

Wisconsin Rapids DNR Service Center area

Buckhorn State Park - Campers and park visitors are beating the heat by hanging out at one of the two beaches, visiting the dog beach area or canoeing and kayaking. If the boat launch by Buckhorn Bridge is full, there is another beach and boat launch in the main area of the park. People have been fishing by boat or on shore. Saturday, July 20 will be busy at launch C and launch A. If launch C is full with no parking available, additional parking is at the north picnic shelter for vehicles without trailers and launch A is available for vehicles with trailers. Stop at the park office Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to noon to learn about winter camping, have ice cream and make snow! - Heather Wolf, park manager



Last Revised: Thursday, July 18, 2019

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