Published August 13, 2015 by the Central Office
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Up to an inch and a half of rain in some areas of northern Wisconsin have brought river levels back up and seasonal summer temperatures in the last week have been providing good water recreation conditions. Both forks of the Flambeau River and the Bois Brule River continue to provide good late summer paddling conditions. The lower Wisconsin River is running at about normal seasonal levels.
With the variable weather, fishing success has also continued to be quite variable across the Northwoods. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass have provided a little more consistency in the last week, but action still could only be considered fair. Musky activity continued to be a hit or miss proposition. Some days seem to produce a lot of follows and hits, and other days would show barely a hint of activity. Walleye fishing has been slow, but panfish success has been fair with decent crappie and bluegill catches still being made. Anglers on the Chippewa Flowage were doing well with musky, bass and panfish.
On Green Bay, the walleye bite on the west shore from Pensaukee to Oconto remains good. Walleye anglers launching from the Green Bay Metro launch also had decent catch rates. On the east shore, anglers have been having the success targeting the reefs and islands off of Egg Harbor, off Henderson Point and Larsons Reef and the Chaudoir's Dock area saw great action on walleye and perch. Yellow perch anglers were also catching increased numbers of fish at Duck Creek and Sawyer Harbor perch numbers and sizes continue to grow.
On Lake Michigan fishing has been up and down in the last week. Poor weather kept some anglers off the piers, but when weather cooperated pier fishing activity was high, with Algoma and Kewaunee piers productive for brown and rainbow trout and chinook salmon. Piers were also busy at Two Rivers, Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Milwaukee where 55-65 anglers were fishing McKinley Pier on the weekend, with the majority of fish landed being chinook salmon along with coho and a few brown trout.
DNR biologists have confirmed a third cougar sighting in northern Wisconsin in the past few weeks. A trail camera photo of a cougar taken July 19 from a Marinette County landowner was taken 10 days after and approximately 60 miles east of two confirmed Langlade County cougar sightings.
Right on schedule, squirrels and chipmunks are busy harvesting black walnuts, acorns, hazel nuts, and hickory nuts. The acorn crop in southwestern Wisconsin appears to be above average, especially white oak acorns.
Canada geese have finished molting and the young are flying and birds are starting to flock up in cut winter wheat fields. Early grouse broods are almost reaching the size of the adults. Many monarchs have been spotted on state wildlife areas. Wasps have started to mass at the hummingbird feeders as well as the hummingbirds.
Harebell, wild bergamot, common milkweed, water smartweed, rabbits foot clover, marsh hedge nettle, the water lilies, some of the aster varieties, orange hawkweed, wooly yarrow are flowering. Prairie blazing star is blooming, giving contrast to the many yellow flowers such as goldenrods, prairie dock, compass-plant, and black- and brown-eyed Susan. Blueberries and raspberries are nearing an end in the north, but many areas are reporting blackberries are ripening and good crops are being seen in many locations.
Please join us to collect seeds on the three units of the York Prairie State Natural Area and enjoy the beauty of these prairie remnants. The seeds will be used for a prairie restoration of a former agricultural field at the Stauffacher Unit of Muralt Bluff Prairie State Natural Area near Albany, WI. Because various plant species' seeds are ready at varying times, we have collection days scheduled every two weeks so we can collect things when they're ready. No experience is necessary! Click for more information. Stay up to date with all State Natural Area volunteer opportunities through the DNR website. - Jared Urban, conservation biologist, Dane
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biologists have confirmed a cougar sighting in northeast Marinette County in northern Wisconsin. On Aug. 4, the department received a trail camera photo of a cougar taken July 19 from a Marinette County landowner.
This cougar was captured on a trail camera in Marinette County.
After site evaluations, DNR staff confirmed the location of the photo. This photo was taken 10 days after and approximately 60 miles east of the recently confirmed Langlade County sightings. Genetic evidence suggests cougars known to have entered Wisconsin are male cougars dispersing from a breeding population in the Western United States. There is currently no evidence that cougars are breeding in Wisconsin. Cougars are a protected species in Wisconsin and hunting is not allowed. Cougars are not considered a threat to public safety, and in the unlikely event that a person is confronted by a cougar, face the animal and spread your arms and open your coat or jacket to appear larger. If a cougar approaches, make noise and throw rocks or sticks. Individuals who observe cougars in Wisconsin are urged to report their findings using the Large Mammal Observation form. For more information, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "cougar."
Superior DNR Service Center area
Brule River State Forest - With a warm weekend in the forecast, temperatures averaging in the 80s with a minimal chance of rain, the river and surrounding area should be busy with people. Rain received early in the week brought river levels up to just below average. For up to the minute stream flow conditions, please visit the USGS site for the Brule River. Reservations in the campgrounds are filling up for the weekend; however, half of our sites are first-come-first-serve so there should still be a great opportunity to find your campsite for the weekend. With the recent rain lake run fish could soon be entering the river to spawn. We are spotting more and more flocks of geese around, meaning that gagles are developing well. Turkeys are showing up in more frequency as the young are quickly growing and able to find food for themselves. Early grouse broods are almost reaching the size of the adults. Black berries should be just about ready to explode! Wildlife staff are seeing them in incredible numbers in many of the wildlife openings they are working on. Places to target these berries are recently logged areas or sunny openings in the forest. Over the past week or so, fawns have started following their mothers everywhere. Bear reports are still commonly seen rummaging around neighborhoods looking for food. - Edwin Koepp, visitor services associate
Ashland DNR Service Center area
Pattison State Park - With the dry weather the last couple of weeks, the Logging Camp Trail has been mowed and hikers are reporting fewer ticks and easier travel. Many visitors have been enjoying the swimming area in Interfalls Lake. Big and Little Manitou Falls are providing wonderful photo opportunities for park visitors with the 1.5 inches of rain we received last week. Visitors are reminded that there is no swimming below Little Manitou Falls and climbing in the gorge of Big Manitou Falls is prohibited. Come check out Wisconsin's largest waterfall. - Kevin Feind, property supervisor
Hayward DNR Service Center area
Sawyer County - Blueberries and raspberries are nearing an end, and blackberries are starting to ripen. There still are plenty of blueberries and raspberries to pick for those wanting to get fresh berries. Both had good crops this year with blackberries appearing to be the same. River and stream water levels are very low and navigation is tough. Most fish are in the deeper holes now. Artificial baits are getting the active fish and live bait are getting the finicky biters. As usual, early morning and late evening seems to be the best time. Musky, bass and panfish are doing well no the Chippewa Flowage. It still requires catching a few smaller crappie to get one worth keeping. Walleye appear to have slowed down and have been on the smaller side. Live bait and Gulp! appear to be taking most of the fish. Piece of a night crawler seems best for the bass walleye and even larger crappie. A few individuals have tried trolling now that is allowed on the flowage. They have had mixed results with this technique. Wasps have started to mass at the hummingbird feeders as well as the hummingbirds. - Thomas Heisler Jr., conservation warden, Winter
Park Falls DNR Service Center area
Upper Chippewa Basin fisheries report (Price, Rusk, Sawyer Taylor and inland Ashland and Iron counties) - With the variable weather of the last few weeks, fishing success has also continued to be quite variable across the Northwoods. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing has provided a little more consistency in the last week, but action still could only be considered fair. Most of the largemouth were being found in and near mid-depth woody cover and could be coaxed to bite with plastic finesse baits. Some were also being found in the thick weed and lily pad beds and were hitting top-water baits in the early morning and late evening hours. Smallmouth bass have become a bit more predictable and many have moved near woody cover along deeper water breaks. The best success was coming on larger plastics, which seem to be easier to find with the relatively dark-stained water in many flowages and rivers. Musky activity continued to be a hit or miss proposition. Some days seem to produce a lot of follows and hits, and other days would show barely a hint of activity. The most productive lures have been medium bucktails, bulldawgs and stick baits, though slow-moving surface lures have also provided a fair amount of action. The best areas have been the weed edges and some of the best times have been in the mid-day hours during the middle of the week when boat traffic is lightest. Walleye action seemed to be especially slow in the last few days, with some fish being found suspended over the deeper mud flats and near deep rock bars. Panfish success has been fair with some decent crappie and bluegill catches still being made over mid-depth cover and on the deep edge along emergent weed lines. - Skip Sommerfeldt, senior fisheries biologist, Park Falls
Flambeau River State Forest - Both the north and south forks of the Flambeau River are at a good level for paddlers, with the south fork a bit on the low side. ATV trail conditions remain good. Renovations are going on between Highway 70 north to County Road EE; presently there is logging going on involving widening the trail. The trail is posted - use caution when passing equipment, make sure you make eye contact with operator before passing. Please Note: Connors Lake & Lake of the Pines campgrounds now have showers nearby (located at the forest headquarters). Also, half of the sites at Connors Lake can now be reserved through Reserve America. Chipmunks are busy gathering hazelnuts; local geese are flocking up; asters and goldenrod are in full bloom. Join us for a " Scavenger Hunt " on Saturday, August 15 at the Connors Lake Picnic Pavilion from 1-2 p.m. Enjoy this afternoon fun and see what you can find. Prizes will be awarded - Judy Freeman, visitor services associate
Antigo DNR Service Center area
Langlade County - The blackberry crop looks reasonably good in the Antigo Area. Abundant fruit with decent size. Expect that peak harvest time should be in about a week or so. - Eric J. Borchert, wildlife technician, Antigo
Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report
Oconto County - Anglers at the dam at Stiles are still catching good numbers of bluegill in the morning and evenings using bobbers and worms or crawler pieces. The south side of the dam has been very productive. Crappie are also being caught in decent numbers with the night bite producing the most and biggest fish. Mighty Mites or minnows fished in conjunction with slip bobbers has been working well. The walleye bite from the landing at Pensaukee to Oconto Park II remains good. Anglers report that once you find the fish the action has been good using crawler/harness or large stick baits. Most anglers are fishing in 20 to 35 feet of water. The perch bite remains spotty at best with many small fish being caught, most anglers are concentrating in 10 to 14 feet of water by weed beds, minnows and crawler chunks have been the baits of choice. The mouth of the Oconto River is still producing catfish, smallmouth bass, sheepshead and few perch with anglers using live baits as well as spoons and crank baits. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Brown County - Fox River shore anglers at the mouth were catching white bass this week. Most were between 13 and 15 inches. Minnows were the most common bait. A couple smallmouth bass were also landed. Freshwater drum, catfish, and bluegill were also reported. The majority of Voyager Park anglers were casting worms on the river bottom for catfish. Catch rates at were down. The locks on the dam were closed this week. Water levels were down. Water clarity was low. Walleye anglers launching from the Metro launch had decent catch rates. Trolling crawler harnesses in 8-15 feet of water landed the most fish. Walleye kept were mostly in the 20-inch range. Several under-sized walleye continue to be caught in the lower bay. Yellow perch anglers are catching increased numbers of fish at Duck Creek. The majority of anglers are fishing from kayaks, canoes and small boats. Worms and minnows are the most popular bait. Most perch have been in the four to six inch range. Walleye anglers heading out of the Suamico launch had mixed results. Trolling crawler harnesses in 20-25 feet of water landed the most fish. Time of day did not seem to make a difference. Water temperatures rose from the high 50s to the low-mid 60s this week. Water clarity was between one and two feet. Fishing pressure was moderate. Walleye catch numbers from the Geano Beach launch were down compared to the past few weeks. Most anglers continue to use crawler harnesses over crank baits. Shore anglers casting into the launch area were catching bluegill, and yellow perch. Most were on the five inches or less. Worms under a slip bobber was the most common approach. - Adrian Meseberg, fisheries technician, Green Bay
Door County - Sturgeon Bay anglers searching smallmouth bass have found the best results fishing the canal using plastics off of the bottom. From shore smallmouth anglers have seen the most action at the old stone quarry using worms and leeches. Perch anglers have been finding fish along the weed edges in the canal using worms and minnows, but they are still sorting through the smaller ones. Anglers have also been doing well fishing for chinook salmon. Best bite has been reported in 70 to 150 feet of water, 30 to 70 feet down with most fish coming on spoons. Northern Door County anglers targeting smallmouth bass are reporting best results coming off of the islands in 14 feet of water using plastics. Anglers targeting smallmouth from shore have been having the best luck in Ephraim using worms and leeches. Those targeting walleye have been having the best success targeting the reefs and islands off of Egg Harbor. They have been using crawler harnesses fished just off the bottom in 20 feet of water to the best effect. Salmon fishing has been best off of Washington Island in 80 to 120 feet of water using primarily spoons. Anglers have also had luck fishing the bluffs out of Ellison Bay and Gills Rock. Sawyer Harbor perch numbers and sizes continue to grow. Fathead minnows fished below a bobber and about 2 feet off of the bottom have been producing the most fish. Anglers have been able to sort through their catches and bring home larger fish than in the last couple weeks. Smallmouth bass continue to be difficult to catch this week; however, with the drop in water temps, activity began to pick up into the weekend. Water temps have dropped to the high 60s to low 70s and clarity is holding at moderate. Henderson Point and Larsons Reef continue to produce good numbers of walleye but with a slight dip into the weekend. Bottom bouncers fished just along the drop offs have been producing the largest and greatest numbers of fish this week. Some perch are beginning to be caught within the harbor with anglers using softshells and minnows. A slip bobber set at 2-3 feet off bottom has produced the most fish while minimizing bycatches. Water temps in the area did not dip as much as the surrounding areas; however, temps are down slightly and holding in the mid 70s and water clarity remains good to excellent. The Chaudoir's Dock area saw great action on walleye and perch to start the week off. Just about anything you threw in the water for walleye was producing fish. Average sizes this week continued to hold in the mid 20s for walleye while perch increased to near 10 inches. Minnows fished off the North Reef area produced the largest numbers and sizes of perch this week. The storm front late in the week brought a slow down to just about all fishing in the area; however, anglers are still producing perch early in the day. Locating a school and working the area has been key to catching limits and affording anglers the opportunity to be choosy on harvesting fish. Minnows continue to be the bait of choice with most anglers fishing 2-3 feet off bottom. Just like the rest of the bay, the storm front brought a decrease to water temps in the area with readings in the mid 60s into the weekend and water clarity dropping from good to moderate. - John Taylor, fisheries technician, Green Bay
Kewaunee County - Fishing has been up and down this week, but overall, anglers have been having luck catching chinook salmon and some rainbow trout out on the lake. Anglers report most of their catch coming from 60 to 120 feet of water and 30 to 70 feet down, mostly on spoons. The bite continues to be best in the early morning and late evening. The Algoma and Kewaunee piers have been productive over the past week. Anglers have been doing quite well on brown trout towards the evening using cleos, spinners and alewives. Anglers were also producing rainbow trout and chinook salmon, but not in as great of numbers. - Daniel Olson, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay
Manitowoc County - Poor weather kept many people off of the piers but those who did venture out reported a poor bite. Trollers report a tough bite but there are some reports of success chinook salmon and rainbow trout out in deeper waters. Reports have been that the best bite has been in the early morning. The poor weather hampered fishing efforts at the Two Rivers piers but anglers were still finding success with chinook salmon and brown trout over the weekend. The best bite has been in the early morning. Harbor temperatures have been in the low 70s. - Jason Ruckel, fisheries technician, Mishicot
Peshtigo DNR Service Center area
Governor Thompson State Park - The hiking trails are mowed. Currently hikers are seeing turkeys with their poults and spotted fawns in the park. The native bergamot, coneflowers, pinnate prairie, native sunflowers and vervain are in bloom. You might find blackberries ready to eat along the trails.
Sturgeon Bay DNR Service Center area
Door County - Perch fishing in Sturgeon Bay is off to a slow start according to many fishermen. While some people have been able to make their limit, the majority of the perch caught in the bay are small. A few individuals have caught perch approximately 13 inches in length but usually only possessed one fish of that size. The most popular bait for perch around the Sturgeon Bay area is minnows. If considering going fishing on Sturgeon Bay the walleye bite appears to be exceptionally good. - Molly Detjens, conservation warden, Sturgeon Bay
Potawatomi State Park - Goldenrod are beginning to bloom. Cicadas are singing. Sawyer Harbor is a popular launch area for bass fishermen. The park's accessible fishing pier will not be in the water this year due to damage caused by high waves last fall. - Lois M. Hanson, visitor services associate
Milwaukee DNR Service Center area
Havenwoods State Forest - The prairies and grasslands are filled with wildflowers. Right now, the predominant color is yellow: stiff goldenrod, Canada goldenrod, prairie dock, compass-plant, black-eyed Susan, brown-eyed Susan, and rosinweed. If you look closely among the abundant Queen Anne's lace flowers, you will find white whorled milkweed and upland boneset along with purple coneflowers and many more. Bring your camera to capture the flowers and their insect visitors. Check out photos of the yellow flowers of late summer at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/havenwoods/sets/72157631080351746/ - Beth Mittermaier, natural resources educator
Southern Lake Michigan fisheries team report - Compiled from creel clerks by Cheryl Masterson and Jeffrey Zinuticz, fisheries technicians, Milwaukee
Sheboygan County - Trollers in Sheboygan continue to catch approximately three fish per boat, including a mix of chinook and rainbow and lake trout. During the week, the trend continued to fish shallow before sunrise and then deeper after the sun comes up. Specifically, 60 feet of water was popular early, and somewhere near 120 feet was more common after sunrise. The Coho Derby was held over the weekend, but large waves kept the majority of boats off of the water on Saturday. The fishing from shore in Sheboygan was very good from both piers throughout the week, but catch rates decreased significantly after storms went through on Friday. Many chinook and rainbows were caught off of north pier before Friday, with the majority taken on alewives. At times alewives were tough to find, but they were taken most consistently on the harbor side of the north pier. chinooks, rainbows, browns, and coho were all caught off of the south pier during the week, but the fishing was very poor both Saturday and Sunday. When the fish were biting, the end of the pier was particularly popular, and most fish were caught by soaking alewives or casting spoons. The surface water temperature was significantly warmer compared to last week on both the harbor side and lake side. Off of north pier on Sunday, the harbor side was 60 degrees and the lake side was 56 degrees.
Ozaukee County - Trollers in Port Washington were catching an average of four fish per boat this past week. Rainbows have been most common, followed by chinook, coho, and lake trout. Most trollers reported fishing in water from 70 to 130 feet deep. A few boats tried as deep as 250 feet because of the rise in water temperature, but they had similar success to those in more shallow water. Spoons and J-plugs were common lures for rainbows. Along shore in Port Washington, fishing for chinook was very good for most of last week. However, catch rates decreased significantly after storms went through on Friday although many alewives remain in the area. Anglers targeting browns along the south wall and into the utility discharge area reported an increase in catch rates, and a few nice fish in the 10-12 pound range were landed. A few chinook were caught out near the end of the south wall as well. Spawn was effective for browns near the power plant discharge, but casting jerk baits or soaking alewives was more productive farther out on the south wall. The surface water temperature both inside the harbor and on the outside of the breakwall was up to 59 degrees on Sunday, significantly warmer than last week.
Milwaukee County - Winds out the west over the past three weeks have brought cold water and large numbers of bait fish close to shore with large numbers of kings and coho following close behind. Boats fishing out of Milwaukee continue to target chinook salmon in the gaps. Nice catches of kings and coho have been landed by anglers jigging gulp on darter jig heads and zip lures. Some of the boats have been landing nice catches of chinook by trolling J-plugs in 40 feet of water on the outside of the break walls. Boats working inside of 50 feet of water are landing kings and coho, and boats trolling outside of 50 feet of water are landing mostly lake trout and rainbows. Approximately 25-35 anglers have been showing up on McKinley Pier to fish the early morning and late evening bite during the week and 55-65 anglers on the weekend. The majority of fish landed on the pier over the past two weeks have been chinook salmon along with coho and a few brown trout. The winds shifted from the west early in the week to northeast on Wednesday, and the surface water temperature on the lakefront increased from 48 to 60 degrees. Now approximately 20-30 fish are being caught on the pier per day, but the kings caught recently have been smaller, with some as small as 2 pounds. Bottom fishing with alewives has been the most productive bait, but glow-in-the-dark spoons and gulp have also taken a few fish. Nice size brown trout (5-10 pounds) continue to be caught in Veterans Park on glow-in-the-dark spoons, alewives, and crank baits. Perch fishing remains spotty in Milwaukee County, with some keepers caught on the small pier in Grant Park.
Racine County - Trollers in Racine have been targeting chinook, coho and brown trout in 40 feet of water or less from the North Pier lighthouse to the Oak Creek Power Plant and between the #14 and #16 cans at Wind Point. The majority of fish are being caught during the early in the morning bite, from 4-8 a.m. The catch rate has been relatively low over the past two weeks with most boats coming in with only one to three fish. A few more kings and brown trout were being caught over the weekend in 15 to 20 feet of water from Wind Point to the Oak Creek Power Plant fishing pier. Anglers fishing on the south pier have been catching a few coho, rainbows, and browns on alewives, glow spoons, or white tube jigs under bobbers. Large sheepshead are hitting off of the north pier. Perch fishing in Racine remains slow. The water temperature at the Racine lakefront is 61 degrees.
Kenosha County - In Kenosha fishing has been slow for trollers who have been coming with one to two fish and some boats getting skunked. A couple of boats trolled 200 yards offshore at the mouth of the Pike River on Saturday and landed a few coho. Some boats worked the hill and came back with lake trout and rainbows. One of the Kenosha charter boats landed a 32 pound lake trout over the weekend. Fishing pressure on the piers in Kenosha was steady on the weekend with 10-15 anglers on average fishing on South Pier and 4-5 on North Pier. A few brown trout and coho were landed during the week by anglers fishing with alewives and white tube jigs. Small perch were caught on the end of South Pier this week by anglers fishing towards the rocky shoreline, and a few have been taken in the harbor behind the hotel. Shore anglers fishing with night crawlers in the Simmons Island boat harbor are landing rock bass, largemouth bass, pumpkinseeds, bullheads, and bluegills. The number of alewives seen in the harbor is low compared to the ports north of Kenosha. The mouth of the Pike River was closed over the weekend by a 1-2 foot high wall of sand and stones.
Waukesha DNR Service Center area
Waukesha County - Geese are starting to flock up in cut winter wheat fields. Many monarchs have been spotted on state wildlife areas. Prairie blazing star is now blooming, giving contrast to the many yellow flowers in our prairies. Fall hunting season is right around the corner, so make sure to check out the regulations for any changes. - Kelly VanBeek, wildlife biologist, Waukesha
Dodgeville DNR Service Center area
Wyalusing State Park -Flowers blooming in the prairie garden include wild oats, butterfly weed, coneflowers, prairie onion, and Joe-pye weed. Dragonflies are buzzing around and orioles, ruby-throated hummingbirds and eagles have been seen. A pair of swans was spotted south of the park. This past weekend Mickey O'Connor came to the park and banded hummingbirds. The public had a great time assisting and lots of birds were banded. Mickey is planning on returning on Friday, Aug. 21 in the afternoon and Saturday, Aug. 22 in the morning to band more hummingbirds. The public is welcome to participate.
La Crosse DNR Service Center area
Vernon County - Right on schedule, squirrels and chipmunks are busy harvesting black walnuts, acorns, hazel nuts, and hickory nuts. These hard mast crops are important food resources relished by a host of large and small animals alike, supplying them with fats, proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins. Some animals, such as black bears, gorge themselves on mast in preparation for winter slumber. Others, such as chipmunks, deer mice, and blue jays, cache vast quantities of nuts and seeds for use at a later time when these foods might otherwise be unavailable. The acorn crop in Crawford and Vernon counties appears to be above average, especially white oak acorns. Deer hunters, especially early season archers, will want to consider this food source when planning their hunting strategies. Shagbark hickory nuts also seem to be copious, which should keep squirrels and other small mammals well supplied with nutritious nuts during the pending winter. Blackberries, a type of soft mast, are currently ready for picking. Blackberries are very numerous throughout the area and offer great harvesting opportunities. - Dave Matheys, wildlife biologist, Viroqua
Eau Claire DNR Service Center area
Lake Wissota State Park - Species of birds we have seen or hears include: scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings, towhees, ravens, rose-breasted grosbeaks, loons, robins, red polls, a variety of wrens, phoebes, turkey vultures, northern juncos, pileated woodpeckers, great blue herons, barred owls, osprey, bald eagles and belted kingfishers. The Canada geese have finished molting and the young are flying. Harebell, wild bergamot, common milkweed, water smartweed, rabbits foot clover, marsh hedge nettle, the water lilies, some of the aster varieties, orange hawkweed, wooly yarrow are flowering. The blackberry season is in full swing with an abundance of fruit this year. This year's raccoon young are out for adventure! Campers are advised to store all food in their vehicles at night and when they are away from their campsites. - Dave Hladilek, park manager
Wisconsin Rapids DNR Service Center area
Buckhorn State Park - Visitors have been seeing turtles, deer, osprey, eagles, herons and more while canoeing/kayaking. There are some lingering mosquitoes and biting flies so remember bug spray and thermocells. The beach has been a great place to go swimming, picnic and enjoy the weather. There are also fewer bugs at the beach.- Heather Wolf, park manager