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Outdoor ReportPublished September 17, 2015

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Hunters had some very good weather for the opening of the archery deer, fall turkey and small game seasons last weekend. Good numbers of deer were reportedly registered in central Wisconsin. Many bucks are still being seen in velvet antlers and hunters are reminded if to contact a conservation warden if they want to keep the antlers. The Canada goose season also opened this week, just as the very first reports came in of migratory Canada geese starting to move into the state. Good numbers of teal, mallards, and wood ducks are also being observed and should provide a good opportunity for this upcoming weekend's youth waterfowl hunt.

Water levels have receded on most river systems following last week's rain in central and northern Wisconsin. The lower Wisconsin River water levels really spiked last weekend, but have now receded to normal levels and many sandbars have returned. Camping activity has decreased at state parks and forests following the Labor Day weekend, and some campgrounds have now returned to first-come sites, with many sites available on weekends.

Fishing success was generally good on most waters across the Northwoods. Water temperatures have remained in the upper 60s to low 70s and this has maintained some consistent feeding activity for most species. Nearly all musky anglers are seeing fish and having follows, and numerous catches of mid-size fish have been made. A few anglers have started using large suckers, but most continue to use artificial baits. Sturgeon season is into its second week and many anglers were having mediocre success catching these ancient fish. A few 60-plus-inch legal-size fish were reported and a 13-year old angler caught and released an 87-inch sturgeon in Burnett County. Bass fishing has started to become erratic, with largemouth a bit more consistent than smallmouth. Walleye success continues to improve with some decent catches reported from on and around mid-depth structure and gravel bars. Panfish success has been generally good.

The waters of Green Bay were busy last weekend with two bass tournaments going on and another will take place this weekend. Smallmouth bass fishing remains good, with some of the boats last weekend catching 10 or more fish. Perch fishing was spotty this week but anglers reported catching fish at Sawyer Park piers in Sturgeon Bay and at Egg Harbor, Bayshore Park and Chaudoir's Dock.

On Lake Michigan, chinook salmon continue to stage at the mouth of rivers, but there have only been a few reports of fish being seen moving up rivers. Anglers have been catching fish near the mouths of the Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Milwaukee rivers.

Sandhill cranes, egrets, herons, and other birds are abundant for viewing at the Theresa Marsh State Wildlife Area.

Elk in the Clam Lake herd have been bugling. Like their diurnal counterparts, gray, fox and red squirrels, the large-eyed, nocturnal southern flying squirrels are also busing preparing for winter by caching large quantities of seeds, nuts, and mushrooms. Decreasing daylight triggers this behavior, and they spend much of the night time hours hoarding food.

This past weekend, many parts of the north experienced the first frost of the season. Golden rod, asters and bottle gentian are blooming. More intense reds are showing through in maples and some oranges and yellows are also starting to show now in the Northwoods. Some areas of the north are reporting 30 to 35 percent color change on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report (exit DNR).

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Upcoming State Natural Area Workday

Help remove invasive cattails in favor of native vegetation Sept. 20, 1 to 4 p.m. Last year we successfully removed cattails from 2 acres on the east side of Pope Lake State Natural Area. This year there were only a few dozen plants from the same area that held many hundreds last year. Consequently we will continue our efforts by removing cattails in the channel between Pope Lake and Manomin Lake. There are thousands of plants clogging the channel and we can use all the help we can get. The work will involve cutting the plants at least 3 inches below water level. This is challenging work! Access to the plants will be from both the shore and from boats. The best tool for cutting is a hand saw with a deeply serrated edge. Since we need to organize the effort Phil Peterson would like everyone who is interested to email him at pnpeterson111@gmail.com by noon September 19 with 1) how many are coming, 2) if you have boats that you can use, and 3) if you will be bringing an appropriate tool for cutting. That way he can arrange to have the appropriate number of boats and tools on hand. Click for more information. Stay up to date with all State Natural Area volunteer opportunities.

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Northern Region

Superior DNR Service Center area

Brule River State Forest - It is a busy time on the State Forest. Small game and archery seasons opened statewide. The bellow of hounds still echoes off the hills throughout the state forest as bear hunting season is in full swing. Vehicles are scattered along state forest roads as hunters hit the woods for deer, bear, and grouse on opening weekend. This past weekend, many parts of the area experienced the first frost of the fall. It was a perfect weekend for hunting and hiking. By Monday, the weather got hot and humid. River levels are slightly below average according to the USGS Streamflow information. Fishing continues to be slow on the river according to local reports. - Edwin Koepp, visitor services associate

Park Falls DNR Service Center area

Upper Chippewa Basin fisheries report (Price, Rusk, Sawyer Taylor and inland Ashland and Iron counties) - With the continued mild and mostly pleasant of the past week, fishing success was generally good on most waters across the Northwoods. Water temperatures have remained in the upper 60s to low 70s and this has maintained some consistent feeding activity for most species. Musky fishing has been drawing quite a bit of attention and action has been generally good. Nearly all musky anglers are seeing fish and having follows, and numerous catches of mid-size fish have been made. The most successful baits continue to be artificials, with bucktails, jerk baits, and soft-bodied lures being the favorites of late. A few anglers have started using large suckers, but the warmer water makes it hard to keep the bait alive. However, look for the sucker bite to improve as water temperatures cool down into the 50s in the next month or so. Sturgeon season is into its second week and many anglers were having mediocre success catching these ancient fish. The local rivers have been most popular, with a fair number of small fish being caught and just a few 60-plus-inch legal-size fish being reported. The best success has come on cut bait or a gob of night crawlers, fished in the deep holes or the river bends. Bass fishing has started to become erratic on local waters, but some excellent action has been experienced on a couple of days. Largemouth have been a bit more consistent than smallmouth, with the larger lakes and flowages providing some decent action around mid-depth weeds and structure in 5 to 10 feet of water. Soft plastics, 7-inch worms and craws have been the more successful lures, especially when fished slowly along the deep weed lines and near the woody cover. Smallmouth fishing has been an on-again, off-again experience - with some good days of fishing mixed in with some poor days. The most consistent action for smallies has been near mid-depth woody cover that is close to deep water. Small finesse plastics have been the best bait. Northern pike fishing has been fair and casting spinner baits in or near any weeds has provided some good action. Walleye success continues to improve with some decent catches reported from on and around mid-depth structure and gravel bars. Small jigs tipped with leaches, crawlers or minnows have all provided some fair action. Panfish success has been generally good, with some nice perch, crappie and bluegill showing up along the deeper weed edges. - Skip Sommerfeldt, senior fisheries biologist, Park Falls

Flambeau River State Forest - Both the north & south forks of the Flambeau Rivers are low, but it is making for better fishing conditions. Elk are bugling, young skunks and raccoons are on the move. Turkeys are abundant, and northern flickers and local geese are flocking up. We are starting to see some color in the leaves, but the sugar maples for the most part have not yet turned. Golden rod, ragweed, and asters are blooming. Both hunter walking and ski trails are being mowed. ATV trails are in good condition, ATV trail between Highway 70 north to County Road EE is being renovated. First stage is removing trees adjacent to the trail which will involve heavy equipment. The trail is posted use caution when passing equipment, make sure you make eye contact with operator before passing. - Judy Freeman, visitor services associate

Woodruff DNR Service Center area

Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest - More intense reds are showing through in some maples, and as plants start to die back more wildlife will be visible in the woods. Many types of mushrooms are out for the knowledgeable gatherer and the squirrels are busy with pinecones and acorns. Turkeys are becoming more commonplace along the roadsides. Lower humidity days are welcome for the avid hiker and hunter and early morning fog gives a mystical aura to the forest. The hiking trails are fabulous in the fall. Enjoy a quiet walk on the trails listening to the wind whispering in the trees interrupted by the occasional bird's call or the scurrying of a busy squirrel. Watch for the changing leaves as the bright reds, oranges and yellows are starting to show. The weather is great and there are very few bugs on the trails. The Crystal and Clear Lake Ranger Station hours have changed. Through the end of September they will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays. Campers arriving after close are able to self-register near the front door of each station. Posted maps will advise campers which sites are open. Weather permitting, dump stations and shower buildings will be kept open until Columbus Day. Firewood is available for purchase whenever the ranger stations are open. The current water level on lakes and streams within the Northern Highland American Legion state Forest are slightly below normal but should not adversely affect water recreation. There is good water depth for launching watercraft and canoeing rivers and streams. Canoe route traffic is way down so there will be many free one night only sites to choose from. Remote reserve sites will have increased availability for those who want to stay more than one night. There is nice weather predicted so things are looking good for some late season camping. - Laura Hayes, Visitor Services Associate

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Northeast Region

Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report - Compiled by Daniel Olson, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay

Marinette County - Anglers report smallmouth and northern pike being caught from the Municipal Landing in Peshtigo down to Klingsborns Landing. Surface and spinner baits have been working well. Perch anglers are having success fishing out of the Little River Boat Launch. Once the fish have located some nice catches have been reported. Shore anglers on the Menominee River report catching some perch, bluegills, catfish, sheepshead, walleye, and smallmouth using minnows and crawlers fished on bottom. Boaters on the Menominee are catching smallmouth and some walleye trolling stick baits and casting tubes and jigs. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Oconto County - Bluegill and crappie were being caught below the dam at Stiles early in the week, but the fishing dropped off with the rain and an open gate the dam. Anglers at the mouth of the Oconto River enjoyed some good smallmouth fishing using tubes and jig heads. The perch bite has improved from the Pensaukee Landing to Oconto Park II. Anglers are reporting fish being caught in various depths from 4 to 14 feet of water. Locating the fish is key. Crappie rigs and jigs tipped with minnows has been working best, but some sorting has been necessary. The walleye bite has been slow; anglers report water temperatures on the Bay in the low 60s. Multiple musky anglers fishing Geano Beach reported multiple follows; however hookups continue to be low. Spinners and double Colorado blades produced all noted follows. Water temperatures have dropped to the low 60s and water clarity is good.- Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Brown County - Angler pressure was low this week on the Fox River at Voyager Park. Once again, casting and retrieving night crawlers fished on jigs with different color twister tails produced the most fish throughout the week, while bottom fishing crawlers produced catfish just about anywhere in the park. Anglers at the mouth of the river continue to catch drum and catfish using three-way swivel rigs tipped with night crawlers, with the best catches coming in the early morning hours. With the lower temperatures, ever increasing numbers of smallmouth bass continue to be caught late into week. Walleye anglers in the area continue to have spotty action. Boats out of the metro ramp trolling crawler harnesses in 14-18 feet of water had the best catch rates this week with the early morning hours continuing to produce the most fish. Walleye anglers heading out of the Suamico launch had mixed results. Trolling crawler harnesses at 0.8 to 1.0 MPH and in 12-16 feet of water produced the majority of fish this week. Coming into the weekend, water temperatures in the area have dropped significantly, thus slowing walleye action down. Musky anglers are having increasing luck as the water temps continue to drop. Spinner baits and top waters fished in the late evening hours continue to dominate. Musky anglers continue to work the Long Tail Point area and with dropping water temperatures many more are reporting follows, but hookups continue to be low. Perch fishing continued to be hot through the beginning of the week at Duck Creek; however, cooler temperatures brought a slow down toward the week's end. Minnows and crawlers, suspended below a bobber, continue to produce equally well. Shore anglers are casting worms and minnows for yellow perch. Sizes have dropped late into the week for perch however multiple bluegills in the 8-10 inch range are being caught near the boat launch.

Door County - Smallmouth bass fishing remains good. Saturday tournaments out of Carmody and Sturgeon Bay led to an increase in fishing pressure. Several boats caught 10 plus fish. Tubes, jerk baits and live bait were all effective. Anglers fishing the flats, working north on the west side of the canal, reported the best success with smallmouth bass. They focused their attentions in 20 feet of water and primarily used a variety of plastic bait. Pressure from shore anglers was moderate this week, with anglers focusing their attentions on smallmouth bass and perch. Angler found the best success with smallmouth bass at the stone quarry, while using live baits and plastic tubes. Perch fishing was spotty this week. Anglers reported catching perch from both the Sawyer Park piers in Sturgeon Bay and dock/break walls at the Egg Harbor Marina. Finding schools was the key to catching good numbers. The schools are often on the move, so a productive spot one day may not be the next. Limits were caught out of Bayshore Park and Chaudoir's Dock. The most common approach was minnows or crawlers near the bottom in 20-plus feet of water. Many perch caught this week were on the smaller side (particularly on Little Sturgeon Bay and Sawyer Harbor). Pier anglers were catching perch at Sawyer Harbor. Minnows and crawlers are the favored baits. Perch anglers fishing from the shore at Little Sturgeon Bay caught fish. Most were small. Nightcrawlers are the most common bait. Walleye anglers found success on Larson's Reef in 20 to 24 feet of water while using crawler harnesses. A few boats launching from Bayshore Park and Chaudoir's Dock caught double-figure fish. Crawler Harnesses and crank baits were both effective. Early day trolling, 15-20 feet, in 30 feet or water was able to bring a few fish up. Walleye weighed and measured this week ranged from 15 to 28 inches and 1 to 8.4 pounds. On the Lake Michigan side, angler pressure was moderate this week for chinook salmon on Lake Michigan. They focused their attentions in 150 feet of water and ran their lures approximately 40 feet down. The majority of chinook salmon anglers focused their attentions in the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal itself. Anglers trolling from the mouth of Strawberry Creek to the end of the Shipping Canal reported moderate success with a variety of spoons. There was a considerable increase in pressure from shore anglers attempting to catch chinook salmon along both sides of the south end of the canal and Sturgeon Bay piers. Unfortunately, they did not see substantial returns on their efforts regardless of the lures used. Anglers reported catching a few chinook salmon early in the week but by the weekend the bite had substantially decreased.

Kewaunee County - Reports have been that the fishing has been slow but anglers have been catching some salmon, rainbows and browns using spoons and spawn sacs. Salmon have been seen at the surface near the river mouth and by the harbors but have been difficult to catch. Although some anglers have been trying their luck on the Kewaunee River, there have been no reports of success as of yet. A few salmon have been seen at the Besadny spawning facility. Few anglers have been fishing out of Algoma but those who have gone have been having some success catching kings, browns, and rainbows in about 60 to 150 feet of water at varying depths in the water column using both spoons and flies. There has been slow but steady success coming off of the piers in Algoma. Most anglers have been catching a mix of browns, rainbows, and kings coming on spoon, flies and spawn sacs. Although the salmon haven't begun running yet, they appear to be staging. Some anglers have begun fishing the Ahnapee River but they have not reported and success yet and no salmon have been seen running the river. The Ahnapee River has a moderate flow and the temperature ranged from 60 to 68 degrees. No salmon have been observed Stoney Creek which has a moderate flow and is about 65 degrees.

Manitowoc County - Last week's rain helped raise water levels in area rivers. The Manitowoc River is still the most heavily fished river in the area. Most anglers are staying near the mouth of the river up to the Budweiser Tower. King salmon have been caught closer to the harbor. The Manitowoc River has a strong flow, is dark in color, and the temperature is 69 degrees. No activity has been spotted upstream near Manitou or Manitowoc City Park as of yet. The Branch River remained quiet this weekend. The water in the Branch is clear, and water temperature is 63 degrees. The West Twin River in Shoto had one person fishing near the Sportsman's Club this weekend. The water temperature in the West Twin River is 67 degrees, and the water levels are good all the way to the dam in Shoto. Anglers on the East Twin River spotted some fish jumping near the dam on Sunday; but no fish were visible downstream of the dam in Mishicot Park. The water is clear in the East Twin, and the water temperature is 61 degrees. Silver Creek remains inactive. The water is clear, and low. Silver Creek's water temperature is 61 degrees. Manitowoc Harbor temperature is 66 degrees. Many boaters are sticking close to the harbor mouth and inside Manitowoc Harbor as well and finding success with the salmon. Many shore anglers moved from the piers to fish closer to the Manitowoc River this weekend. The water temperature in the Two Rivers harbor is 69 degrees. Anglers launching from Two Rivers were not marking a lot of fish this weekend. Most boaters are trolling near the harbor mouth in Two Rivers. The action on the piers slowed down compared to the past two weeks. The alewives are not as abundant in the harbor as they had been one or two weeks ago. Pier anglers are still landing king salmon. Most of these fish are being caught on alewives.

Green Bay DNR Service Center area

Manitowoc County - The early teal season in Manitowoc County provided a good showing of hunters and teal despite the heat and humidity. Plenty of waterfowl are currently present and it should be a productive waterfowl season. The small game and archery deer seasons opened last weekend and Manitowoc County has many opportunities for hunters to utilize public land, such as Point Beach State Forest and Collins Marsh Wildlife Management Area. When out in the field this season, please remember TABK - Treat every firearm as if it is loaded, Always point the muzzle in a safe direction, Be certain of your target and what's beyond it, Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot. Good luck out there and be safe. - Nick Miofsky, conservation warden,Mishicot

Oshkosh DNR Service Center area

Fond du Lac County - With cooler temperatures anticipated for the upcoming weekend, hunters should enjoy comfortable conditions for activities such as goose hunting, archery hunting, and squirrel hunting. During the early goose season, there were very few geese observed in West Central Fond du Lac County including the Eldorado Marsh State Wildlife Area. During the past week, goose numbers have begun to steadily increase in the area. Teal, mallards, and wood ducks have also been observed in the area and should provide a good opportunity for youth waterfowl hunters this upcoming weekend (September 19 & 20). For other outdoor enthusiasts, a hike or bike ride on the Mascoutin Valley Recreational Trail or Wild Goose State Trail should prove to be an enjoyable experience and an opportunity to observe wildlife. - Samantha Koscher, conservation warden, Fond du Lac

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Southeast Region

Milwaukee DNR Service Center area

Southern Lake Michigan fisheries team report - Compiled from creel clerks by Cheryl Masterson and Jeffrey Zinuticz, fisheries technicians, Milwaukee

Please keep in mind that the night time fishing rules for Lake Michigan tributary streams and rivers went into effect on Sept. 15. Fishing is prohibited on the tributaries from a half hour after sunset to a half hour before sunrise from now until the first Saturday next May.

Sheboygan County - In Sheboygan fishing has been slow on both the north and south piers, but a few fish were reportedly caught. The morning has produced better than the evening, and at least one rainbow was caught on the lake side of south pier using alewives. Most anglers continue to cast spoons inside of the harbor. The fishing pressure near the mouth of the river remains high, but only a couple of chinooks were reported. The surface water temperature inside of the Sheboygan harbor was 56 degrees on Sunday. No anglers have been seen fishing the Pigeon River, but a few Sheboygan River anglers have been targeting smallmouth bass and northern pike. A few chinook have been seen in the river near Esslingen Park. The Sheboygan River is at 60 degrees, and the Pigeon is 55.

Ozaukee County - In Port Washington shore fishing has been steady near the power plant discharge. A few small coho and chinook were caught over the last week, and the best bait has been spawn sacs or skein. Crank baits have worked outside of the current as well. Fishing was less productive in the north slip, along the coal dock wall, and off the breakwall. Very few trollers have been fishing out of Port Washington, and no anglers have been seen in Sauk Creek.

Milwaukee County - In Milwaukee water levels rose on the Milwaukee and Menomonee Rivers after rainfall early last week. Anglers fishing the Milwaukee at Kletzsch Park reported a few chinook swirling under the falls but fishing has been slow. Chinooks continue to stage at the mouth of the river, and the most productive bait has been alewives. Some three to five pound browns have also been taken behind Summerfest on shiners or spoons. McKinley pier anglers continue to catch a few chinook on alewives, spoons, and tube jigs. The early morning hours have been most productive. Boating activity in Milwaukee dropped this past week, and those that did go out were primarily targeting Chinooks in the gaps and at the mouth of the river. Several boats were skunked or only caught one fish. South of the city nice catches of chinook and brown trout were landed on spoons along the Grant Park shoreline this week. Boats launching from Bender Park were targeting lake trout and rainbows in 70 to 90 feet of water off the Oak Creek Power Plant, and they averaged a few fish per trip.

Racine County - In Racine fishing pressure was low at the ramp this past weekend. Most boats were trolling nearshore for chinook or fishing in 130 feet of water for lake trout. The south pier has been loaded with anglers, especially around sunrise with an average of more than 50 anglers on the pier at first light. Chinook and coho have been caught on alewives fished on the bottom, but success has been inconsistent.

Kenosha County - Kenosha trollers have been able to land a few chinook while fishing a couple hundred yards off the mouth of the Pike River. Shore anglers in the Kenosha harbor have been catching a few browns on tube jigs as well as some chinook on Gulp minnows and green and silver spoons. Many anglers have been working the shore at the mouth of the Pike River, but few reported any success. Chinook could be seen surfacing about 100 yards off of the beach. The mouth of the Pike River is open.

Plymouth DNR Service Center area

Theresa Marsh State Wildlife Area - Habitat and access to huntable lands on Theresa, Allenton and Jackson Marsh wildlife areas is in good shape for waterfowl, dove, deer and other hunting. Search "Hunting lands" on the DNR website to find maps and other hunting information for those properties and other properties. Some local farmers are harvesting silage corn, providing potential goose hunting spots if landowner permission is obtained. Wood ducks, mallards, teal, geese, sandhill cranes and other migrant birds are starting to build up on local wetlands. Sandhill cranes, egrets, herons, and other birds are also abundant for viewing from the Highway 28 shoulder on Theresa Marsh. The Interior subspecies of Canada geese (the ones that nest in Canada and migrate through Wisconsin in spring and fall) have just started arriving in small numbers. Their numbers will slowly build up over the next few weeks on local wetlands, parks, golf courses and farm fields. Quite a few deer were harvested and taken to local meat processors during the first days of the bow season. This year, we are partnering with several local meat processors to collect deer heads for jaw aging to estimate deer populations in the county deer management units. If you are a meat processor interested in participating in collecting deer heads for aging (it pays $2/head) contact us for information on how to participate. On Jackson Marsh, an eagle scout from local troop 260 recently completed construction of a wheelchair-accessible hunting blind on Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area. Vehicle access to the blind would require a Mobility Device Access Permit from the local DNR property manager. - Tom Isaac, wildlife biologist, Hartford

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South Central Region

Lower Wisconsin State Riverway - The water levels are receding and the sandbars have reappeared. The water levels on September 17 , at the Prairie Du Sac dam was 4,397 CFS. Please call 1-800-242-1077 for current river flow at the Prairie Du Sac dam. There are many hunting opportunities within the Riverway and hikers are encouraged to wear bright colored clothing when afield. The hiking and horse trails are all in good shape. - Matt Seguin, property manager

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West Central Region

La Crosse DNR Service Center area

Vernon County - Activity of southern flying squirrels is picking up as these large-eyed, nocturnal animals prepare for winter. Like their diurnal counterparts, gray, fox and red squirrels, southern flying squirrels cache large quantities of seeds, nuts, and mushrooms. Decreasing daylight triggers this behavior, and they spend much of the night time hours hoarding food. Flying squirrels are not bashful about raiding bird feeders either. Also like gray and fox squirrels, they may be found in woodlots throughout the state and may be locally abundant. They use tree cavities, especially abandon woodpecker holes, as nest sites. Entrance holes of 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter are preferred, which is just large enough for these small squirrels but too small for a gray or fox squirrel to use. If you suspect a southern flying squirrel is occupying a tree cavity, give the tree a sharp rap with a heavy hammer and watch the hole for the slumbering squirrel to show itself. Of course flying squirrels do not fly, rather they glide downward from one tree to another, covering distances up to about 100 feet. More typically horizontal glide distances are 20 - 30 feet. Nocturnal predators such as owls, weasels, coyotes, and domestic cats prey on southern flying squirrels. - Dave Matheys, wildlife biologist, Viroqua

Black River Falls DNR Service Center area

Black River State Forest - This is a great time of year to visit the state forest; temperatures are cooler, fewer biting insects and birds are moving through as they travel south to their winter grounds. Fall colors are just beginning to show in the state forest. So far we are seeing mostly reds with a few oranges and yellows mixed in. Peak color in the Black River area is usually around the first or second week in October. Temperatures this weekend are expected to be in the high 60s to low 70s with a chance of rain on Friday night. Campsites are available in all of our campgrounds. Camping has started to slow down now that we are past the peak camping season. East Fork and Pigeon Creek are now open on a first-come, first-serve basis. ATV trails have been groomed and should be in good condition for the coming weekend. The upgrade work on the Wildcat loop has been completed and the trail has been reopened. - Emily Alf, visitor services associate

Wisconsin Rapids DNR Service Center area

Buckhorn State Park - Visitors have been seeing turtles, deer, osprey, eagles, herons and more while canoeing/kayaking. Very few bugs this time of year and great weather for hiking, camping, fishing, and boating. Archery deer hunting is allowed in the park and wildlife areas. Hunting maps are available online or at the park office to see regulations and closed areas. Small game, waterfowl and trapping are only in the Buckhorn and Yellow River Wildlife Areas, not in the state park until Nov. 15. - Heather Wolf, park manager



Last Revised: Thursday, September 17, 2015

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