Published September 24, 2015 by the Central Office
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For current statewide information on statewide fall color, log onto the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report (exit DNR).
Fall color is reaching near 50 percent in parts of northern and central Wisconsin on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report (exit DNR). Copper Falls and Governor Thompson state parks both are holding fall color events and a many other properties will hold events over the next several weeks. For a complete list of fall events, search the DNR website for "get outdoors," and then select "festivals" under event type.
Also this weekend, more than a thousand young lake sturgeons will be released into the Milwaukee River at Lakeshore State Park during "Sturgeon Fest," that highlights a cooperative effort between the DNR and Riveredge Nature Center to restore sturgeon to Lake Michigan. The event features the opportunity for a nominal donation for youth and adults to sponsor and release a young sturgeon. The fish, hatched from eggs collected on the Wolf River, have been carefully raised at a streamside rearing facility.
Some perch action has been reported on the east side Lake Winnebago and the perch bite has improved along the west shore of Green bay from Pensaukee to Oconto. Perch fishing was also good at Little Sturgeon Bay. Musky fishing has been picking up on the waters of Green Bay, with anglers reporting multiple catches. Walleye action has also remained good along the lower west shore from Geano Beach south and up along the east shore to Bayshore Park and Chaudoir's Dock. Walleye anglers have also started fishing the Fox River, but with mostly smaller fish reported so far.
Fall trout and salmon runs on both Lake Michigan and Lake Superior tributaries is just beginning, with more fish starting to move up rivers but not in large numbers yet. Anglers fishing the East Twin River reported brown trout with some reaching their limit by floating spawn sacs. Chinook have started to move up the Sheboygan River, Oak Creek and the Root River. The Root River Steelhead Facility should be up and running later this week or early next.
Inland trout streams have been in good condition since last week's rain raised flows in central Wisconsin. The inland season closes next Wednesday, Sept. 30.
The recent warm weather has been hampering some hunting activities. Turkeys are still being seen grouped up in flocks. Grouse hunting has been very spotty as the leaves are still green and on the trees. Goose hunting has been slow due to a lack of birds moving into the state yet. A cold front is needed to push birds south from northern regions. The northern duck zone opens this Saturday, Sept. 26 with a new opening day time of half hour before sunrise. Some cooler nighttime temperatures are pushing some of the early migrants, such as teal, southward.
With the early start to bow hunting, many hunters have been harvesting bucks in full velvet and hunters are reminded they have seven days to contact a warden to obtain a free tag for the antlers. Hunters in the chronic wasting disease sampling area of Washburn County are finding the 24/7 kiosks at which they can drop off deer heads for sampling very convenient.
Sandhill cranes are flocking up and can be seen in fields. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are beginning their migration south. Monarch butterflies are still present. Snapping turtles are on the move looking for winter habitat.
Walnuts, hickories and oaks are dropping their bounty and it looks like an excellent crop. Flowers in bloom include numerous aster species and goldenrods. Virginia creeper and staghorn sumac are showing some early red colors.
Superior DNR Service Center area
Brule River State Forest - The fall color show has begun in the Brule area. We have experienced a mixture of warm sunny days and cooler nights this past week, a reminder to pack a light jacket before heading out on any outdoor excursion. As you watch the astonishing art show unfold in the weeks to come, check out resources found on the DNR website, for "fall colors" to learn about this phenomenon that makes our area so popular. Also find information on the estimated peak season leaf change for different areas around the state. River levels are below average according to the USGS Streamflow information. Scattered reports show fish should be starting to move in to the river but are seemingly sporadic in their willingness to be caught by fisherman. Fishing reports from Lake Superior are also sporadic. There seems to be a intuitive switch that flips in outdoors enthusiasts this time of year. Colors change, cool air prompts an extra layer of clothing, and the forest floor, once covered with lush green, has now tainted to a decaying brown. Hunters have been hitting the woods in pursuit of wild game and adventure. A canoe trip down the Brule or a walk through the miles of State Forest trails is a perfect way to welcome in and observe the change of seasons. - Edwin Koepp, visitor services associate
Spooner DNR Service Center area
Washburn County - Good-sized turkey broods are being seen in Washburn and Burnett counties. Leaves are beautiful and changing colors. Weather couldn't be better to enjoy the outdoors. Archery hunters are finding the 24/7 CWD sampling kiosks located in Shell Lake at Cenex Country Pride and Speedy C's in Barronett is to be extremely convenient. - Nancy Christel, wildlife biologist, Spooner
Park Falls DNR Service Center area
Flambeau River State Forest - The drive between Phillips and Winter on Highway W is starting to show quite a bit of color, especially in low lying areas. There are actually quite a few trees dropping leaves, but the maples are about 1/2 turned for the most part. Peak color for maples should be within the next couple of weeks. We are also seeing roadside sumac turning red as well. Snappers on the move looking for winter habitat. Birds are flocking up and chickadees are hitting the bird feeders. Hunters are again hitting the woods as bear, grouse and deer archery season are underway. Both the north and south forks of the Flambeau River are good for paddling with the north fork a bit on the low side. Over the next few weeks it should be a great that time to take that trip down the river to see some beautiful scenery. Both hunter walking and ski trails are being mowed. ATV trails are in good condition, ATV trail between Hwy 70 north to Co. Rd. 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. Connors Lake Campground is closed for the season but Lake of the Pines is beautiful and open till December 15. - Judy Freeman, visitor services associate
Woodruff DNR Service Center area
Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest - Hints of yellows and reds are starting to show in the forest. Bracken ferns have died off and many of the smaller understory plants are starting to show summer's end. Poison ivy has a rosy glow and the grasses are turning brown. Goldenrod and Big leaf aster are still blooming along roadsides and trails. Many different types of mushrooms are still gracing the forest floor. Turkey broods are working the roadsides and once in a while you will see a coyote bounce across the road. Fall migrants are passing through and their silence reminds us of the big quiet that is to come. Forest visitors are seeing lots of wildlife while they are out and about. A big fat porcupine was seen walking down the campground road. There have been lots of deer around town in Boulder Junction and Sayner. Bikers spotted a coyote right on the trail near Firefly Campground. A couple juvenile loons have been hanging out on Crystal Lake, resting up for the rest of their trip south. Campers have also reported flocks of yellow rumped myrtle warblers around Crystal. Traffic was stopped as a bear and her two cubs crossed the road heading to the Carrol Lake Campground from the Clear Lake picnic area. An albino squirrel was seen near Nebish Lake. A camper was surprised when a chipmunk jumped on their lap to eat popcorn. The forests trail crew working on the Escanaba trail to improve trail tread. The trail pass fee boxes have been removed at the Lumberjack Trail. The Lumberjack Trail is now a non-fee trail. Campground use has been pretty low so there are lots of opportunities to find a great campsite. Fall project work in the campgrounds is in full swing. Hazard tree cutting has been done in several campgrounds and will continue over the next few weeks. Campers are welcome to collect this down wood for use while they are here camping. Campgrounds will open to home firewood gatherers (with a permit) on November 1. - Kimberly Krawczyk, Visitor Services Associate
Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report
Marinette County - Anglers report small mouth and 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, bluegill, 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 with the rain and a gate open at the dam fishing dropped off. 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, so anglers are moving until they find the fish. Crappie rigs and jigs tipped with minnows has been working best, some sorting has been necessary. The walleye bite has been slow. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Brown County - Bayshore Park walleye anglers continued to produce good numbers of fish through the week. With the increase of wind mid-week, water temperatures began to vary day to day with a low of 54 and a high of 67. The hot color right now is white, with cranks producing higher catch rates. Most anglers are reporting finding fish in 30-35 feet of water during midday and 12-16 feet in the early mornings and late evenings. Perch are continuing to be caught just north of the launch area with anglers working 20-24 feet of water through the morning hours. Minnows provided the greatest action and best catch rates into the weekend. Water clarity also varied day to day with anglers reporting poor to moderate visibility late into the week. Perch fishing on Green Bay's West Shore, the Suamico River and Duck Creek was down a bit from previous weeks. On the Suamico River on Duck Creek many of the perch are on the smaller side; measuring between 7 and 9 inches. Minnows and night crawlers fished near the bottom of the water, under a bobber or on a three-way rig, were popular methods. Green Bay west shore walleye anglers launching from Geano Beach and Suamico recorded decent catch rates. Trolling crawler harnesses and crank baits, as well as vertical jigging, all caught fish. Walleye anglers are starting to show up on the Fox River. A few smaller fish were caught. Higher rates of musky anglers were out this week. Catch rates were good. Several boats reported catching multiple fish. Large spinners and crank baits are the most common lures. Catfish anglers on the Fox River continue to have the most success fishing from the Main Street docks. A few catfish are also being caught at the mouth of the Fox River. Night crawlers are the most used bait. Fishing at night has yielded the highest catch rates. Fishing pressure was fairly high at Suamico and low at Green Bay Metro, Fox Point, the Fairgrounds and Geano Beach. Water temperatures were around 67 degrees at mid-week. For most of the week water clarity is low on the Fox River and around 5 feet on the bay. Water flow was on the low side on the Fox River. Side catches on Green Bay's West Shore included freshwater drum, catfish, white bass and northern pike. A few crappies were caught at the mouth of the Fox River. - Adrian Meseberg, fisheries technician, Green Bay
Door County - High winds have slowed the salmon fishing over the past week at Sturgeon Bay, but anglers are finding success both in the canal and out on the bank. In both areas the kings have been coming on flies and spoons. The smallmouth bass bite has been tough but some anglers are finding luck fishing the reefs in 14 to 16 feet of water and the flats using tubes and crank baits. Angler pressure has dropped over the past weeks on northern Door County waters but reports indicate the smallmouth bass bite is doing well in Rowley's Bay with reports of multiple large fish coming on spinners. The perch have also been doing well from shore off of the Egg Harbor pier. Minnows have been the most effective bait. There have been no reports on salmon or walleye activity. The northern door creeks varied in temperature from the mid 50s to the low 60s. They had moderate flow and good clarity. No salmon have been seen running the creeks yet. Perch continue to be caught in the Sawyer Harbor area, and although overall numbers are down, anglers are catching larger than average size fish. Minnows, suspended under a bobber and fished above structure, have brought in the highest numbers this week. Northern pike action has begun to pick up late into the week, with multiple boats catching fish. Fishing drop offs with either minnows or cranks baits have proven effective anywhere along the shoreline. Water temps in the area have dropped to the high 50s and clarity is good to excellent. Fishermen targeting perch at Little Sturgeon Bay have been able to boat good numbers of fish throughout the week. Worms and minnows have produced equally well this week, with the ability to locate and hold over schools being the main driving factor to good catch rates. Smallmouth bass action has slowed down as of late week with water temps in the area dipping into the low 50s. Water clarity has improved from good to excellent throughout most of the bay. At Chaudoir's Dock, anglers continue to target perch with the majority using minnows, suspended over structure, in 20-30 feet of water. Walleye action has continued to be spotty with anglers reporting locating schools in 30-35 feet of water but suspending in the 8-10 foot range. Black and white cranks trolled at short length and moderate speeds have produced the most fish. Water temps dropped back to the low 60s during the middle of the week, but have varied with the wave action throughout the week. Water clarity ranged from poor near the shoreline to moderate at half a mile out. - John Taylor, fisheries technician, Green Bay
Kewaunee County - Algoma ramp fishing pressure was very light from anglers targeting salmon and trout on Lake Michigan this week. The majority of shore anglers fished from Algoma's north pier this week and found marginal success with brown trout and chinook salmon. The most successful anglers were using either spoons (half silver and half either blue or green) or jointed stick baits. The waters surrounding the piers had high turbidity and was reported to be in the low 50s. Anglers returning to the Kewaunee city ramp reported moderate success with steelhead trout, lake trout, chinook and coho salmon this week. Anglers found the best success with these three species in 120 to 180 feet of water while running spoons on the surface. Some anglers reported finding schools of steelhead trout in 400 feet of water but did not have much success getting them to bite a this depth. There were also a good number of anglers who chose to troll at the mouth of the Kewaunee harbor. Though none of these individuals were interviewed they were observed catching a fair number of fish during the late afternoon & early evening hours. Though angler pressure has been high along Kewaunee's city shore/pier anglers have not had significant returns on their efforts. A few lake trout, chinook salmon, and brown trout were taken from both sides of the city pier this week. Anglers fishing from the pier found the best success using spoons (split silver and either blue or green) and spinners from the outer half of the pier. Anglers fishing from shore reported the best success between the end of the pier & the docks near the tug boat. Here again anglers had the best success with spoons and spinners. The waters in the Kewaunee harbor cooled this week after the rain to hover in the low 50s. The water clarity was low throughout harbor and around the pier. The few anglers that attempted to catch chinook and coho salmon on the Kewaunee River this week met with poor success regardless of the bait or technique used. Anglers reported seeing a few fish moving up stream and there are a few fish congregating below the damn. The Kewaunee River remains high and turbid with a low flow rate and a water temperature in the low 60s.
Manitowoc County - Many fish were being marked by boat in the Manitowoc River near downtown Manitowoc. Not many people are fishing upstream of Manitou Park with most people concentrating effort in downtown Manitowoc. The river is very muddy in color and the temperature is 70 degrees near Manitou Park, and 64 degrees across from the Maritime Museum. The Branch River has not had much fishing activity as of yet. The recent rain has helped the flow in the Branch River which remains clear and has a temperature of 65 degrees. The West Twin River remains quiet, with a few fish being spotted near the Shoto dam. The water levels are good, and temperature in the West Twin River is 70 degrees near Veteran's Ramp in Two Rivers. The East Twin River in Mishicot was crowded with brown trout this past weekend. Anglers near the Mishicot Dam were reaching their limit by floating spawn sacs on Saturday. Fishing near the dam was slower on Sunday. The water is clear in the East Twin River near Mishicot, and quickly muddies downstream. The water temperature in the East Twin River is 70 degrees. Silver Creek remains inactive. The water is clear, and low. Silver Creek's water temperature is 63 degrees. Manitowoc Harbor water temperature is 63 degrees. Most boats are still fishing near the harbor mouth, or inside of the harbor itself. The south pier is still producing some king salmon. These fish were darker in color this weekend. Many anglers are fishing the harbor mouth near the Manitowoc sign and upriver to the 8th Street bridge. The water temperature in Two Rivers Harbor is 67 degrees. Boat anglers were having a tough time trying to catch fish out deep and in shallow. Angler activity has decreased compared to previous weeks. - Jason Ruckel, fisheries technician, Mishicot
Peshtigo DNR Service Center area
Governor Thompson State Park - Hikers are starting to see fall colors starting on the trails. There are a few leaves turning and the white and purple asters are in bloom. - Maggie Kailhofer, park manager
Sturgeon Bay DNR Service Center area
Potawatomi State Park - Some leaves are starting to turn color. Typically fall colors progress over the next few weeks, with peak color in this area usually by the middle of October. The shower building, fish cleaning station, most wells, and the sanitary dump station are scheduled to close beginning October 21. A well will remain open in the campground area for winter campers. - Lois M. Hanson, visitor services associate
Wautoma DNR Service Center area
Waupaca County - Unseasonably hot weather has really slowed hunting activity. Deer are not moving very much. No Woodcock have arrived in central WI yet. Grouse hunting has been very sporty as the leaves are still green and on the trees. Excellent red/black oak acorn crop - will make for good deer and turkey hunting in those spots. Due to the wet weather, we have a nasty mosquito hatch. Bring a thermocell if you want to bow hunt. Trout streams look great, late Sept. is a great time to trout fish. No report on Lake fishing. - Karl Kramer, wildlife technician, Wautoma
Oshkosh DNR Service Center area
Outagamie County - Angler activity on the northeast part of Lake Winnebago is steady to slow, but some anglers are catching perch near High Cliff. The goose hunting activity has been extremely slow due to a huge lack of birds in the area and a lack of fields to hunt. Over the past few days many corn fields have been chopped off, so it's likely this will change soon. With the early start to bow hunting, many hunters have been harvesting bucks in full velvet. Remember that you have seven days to contact a Warden and obtain a free tag for the antlers. Maple trees in the area are slowly beginning to change colors. - Ryan Propson, conservation warden, Appleton
Milwaukee DNR Service Center area
Southern Lake Michigan fisheries team report - Compiled from creel clerks by Cheryl Masterson and Jeffrey Zinuticz, fisheries technicians, Milwaukee
Sheboygan County - In Sheboygan, fishing has been relatively slow for shore anglers working the piers, but a mix of chinook, coho, and browns were reported. Mornings produced the best, and most fish were taken near the mouth of the river on spoons or crankbaits. The water temperature inside the Sheboygan harbor is 50 degrees. More chinook have started to move up the Sheboygan River, but not in large numbers yet. Anglers reported catching a couple of browns and chinook from the Kohler dam, where orange flies seemed to stand out. Another few chinook were caught near Esslingen Park, but the fishing was slow in general. Anglers fishing spoons had better success with bright colors such as orange, white, and glow. The Sheboygan River is at 60 degrees in Esslingen Park. No anglers have been seen on the Pigeon River.
Ozaukee County - In Port Washington fish were caught throughout the harbor area over the past week, but the catch rates were farily low. The one exception was off of the rocks near Rotary Park, where anglers reported a good number of chinook, browns, and coho. Fishing was slower in other areas such as the north slip, at the power plant discharge, and along the south wall, but occasional chinook and browns were reported. Most success was had by drifting skein using slip bobbers, but a few fish were caught using jerk baits as well. The Port harbor temperature was 50 degrees on Sunday. No anglers have been seen fishing Sauk Creek, which is at 55 degrees.
Milwaukee County - In Milwaukee, the large schools of alewives that had been stacked up along the shoreline for the past 6 to 8 weeks are gone. Anglers on McKinley Pier are now casting spoons, crank baits, and jigging Gulp instead of fishing with alewives. Occasional chinook and browns have been caught. Good numbers of trout and salmon could be seen in the Lakeshore State Park lagoon, but anglers reported that the fish weren't biting. Behind the Summerfest grounds a few chinook, browns, and a coho have been taken on shiners and minnows fished on the bottom. Anglers at the Lake Express Car Ferry dock landed a few 14-15 inch brown trout while soaking shiners. Salmon have started to move into Oak Creek after over 2 inches of rain fell last week. Water levels have dropped back down, and a couple of chinook were caught on spawn sacs. Boats launching out of Bender Park have been landing coho and browns while trolling in 30 to 40 feet of water in front of the Oak Creek power plant. When the weather has allowed boats to go further offshore, lake trout, chinook, and coho could be caught while trolling 70 feet down in 270 feet of water straight out from Wind Point.
Racine County - In Racine fishing pressure has been very high in the mornings, with anglers elbow to elbow on the south pier near the harbor mouth. Multiple chinook have been caught off both the south and north piers using Rat-L-Traps and crank baits. A few fish were also caught on spawn, as alewives have been hard to find this week. Fishing pressure along the Racine shoreline has increased as salmon have begun their spawning run. Popular spots include the shoreline near the boat ramp, where multiple chinook and coho salmon have been caught with crank baits and with glow spoons during low light conditions, as well as under the Main Street bridge, where fish can be seen surfacing but none have been reported caught. On the Root River fishing pressure has steadily increased since the heavy rain storms at the end of last week. Chinook have been seen at every spot surveyed up to the Horlick dam. Island Park and Lincoln Park have been the most popular spots for fly anglers, but fishing has been slow thus far. Anglers reported seeing multiple groups of chinook moving upstream. The water temperature at Island Park was 64 degrees on Sunday. The Root River Steelhead Facility should be up and running later this week or early next.
Kenosha County - In Kenosha fishing pressure remains steady on the south pier. Most anglers are reporting sporadic catches of brown trout with occasional chinook also being caught. The browns have been biting on tube jigs and occasionally spawn, while the chinook are biting on minnows and crank baits. With the heavy rain late last week, the mouth of the Pike River is open to the lake. Many anglers tried their luck from the beach near the mouth of the river, with only a couple reporting catches of chinook. Multiple boats have been seen trolling just off shore near the mouth of the Pike. Fishing pressure has been low on the Pike River thus far, but should increase as the salmon move upstream.
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway - Bakkens Pond and Long Lake Flowage: Long Lake flowage was drawdown this summer due to needed repairs to the water control structure. Water levels are currently being brought up, although slowly. Waterfowl hunters will want to scout the area prior to duck season opener to check water levels. The flowage will not be at full water depth by the waterfowl opener on Oct. 3, but water levels will continue to increase over the course of the season. Nearby flowages of Bakkens Pond (Sauk County) and Cruson Slough (Richland County) are at full depth. - Travis Anderson, wildlife biologist, Dodgeville
Dodgeville DNR Service Center area
Green County - The 2015 archery deer season is finally underway. Remember to read the regulations before you go out as some laws have recently changed. It is important to note that after you receive your confirmation number for deer registration, you must write that number on the tag for the deer to be considered registered. Pay attention when driving in the upcoming months as motor vehicle accidents involving deer are highest in the months of October, November, and December. As always, please report any violations you observe and stay safe! - Ryan Caputo, conservation warden, New Glarus
Iowa County - Wild turkeys can be seen in flocks in fields, and are becoming very active. Sandhill cranes are flocking up and can be seen in area fields, although large flocks are not present yet. Monarch butterflies are still present. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are beginning their migration south. Flowers in bloom: numerous aster species such as New England, smooth blue, calico, frost, and silky asters; goldenrods such as rigid, Canada, showy are blooming. Black walnuts are beginning to lose their leaves. Unless stressed by the moderate drought conditions of the summer, very few trees are turning colors. This appears to be a good year for acorn production as well as hazelnuts. - Travis Anderson, wildlife biologist, Dodgeville
Fitchburg DNR Service Center area
Jefferson County - Jefferson County experienced heavy rainfall last week, with some parts of the county receiving over four inches of rain. These welcomed rains helped replenish water in wetlands throughout the county, providing better conditions for waterfowl and waterfowl hunters as we approach the regular season. The cooler nighttime temperatures did push some of our early migrants, such as dove and teal, southward; however, there are plenty of dove still around or migrating into the area from the north. The forecast looks great for this weekend, so get out and enjoy a dove hunt on one of the six DNR-managed dove fields in Jefferson County, which can be found on the FFLIGHT mapping application (search for keyword "FFLIGHT" on DNR website). If you prefer deer hunting, the 2015 archery season is underway! New for 2015, the public can receive weekly updates on deer harvest throughout the season. Current harvest information for your county can be found on the DNR. - Mark Witecha, wildlife biologist, Lake Mills
Devil's Lake State Park - Right now, tinges of color are starting with the reds of some of the early Virginia creeper and staghorn sumac. Fall colors are impossible to predict with any accuracy. But usually, the middle two weeks of October are the best dates to shoot for, for a day of touring to see nice leaf colors. One of our last major construction projects will begin this fall to reconstruct a beach wall along the north shore. The scope of the project, including planned access paths and a new sand blanket covering the majority of the existing beach, will stretch from the west side of the Chateau to the existing quartzite rip-rap just west of the Sugar Maple shelter. This section of beach will be closed to visitors during construction. All existing paved walkways will still be accessible and no construction equipment will be operated on the weekends. Lake access will remain on the east side of the Chateau and on the entire south beach area. - Richard Hesed, visitor services associate
La Crosse DNR Service Center area
Perrot State Park - Although there are signs of autumn, we have not yet seen migrating birds starting to move down the river. The walnuts and hickories are dropping their bounty and the oaks will soon follow. Water levels have been fluctuating along the Mississippi River and in Trempealeau Bay, but there is plenty of water to float your canoe or kayak along our Voyaguer Water Trail. Hummingbirds continue to enjoy feeders at the park headquarters. The white pelicans have been gathering in the adjacent Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge and and will often fly in groups above Trempealeau Mountain. Adult and immature eagles are seen soaring in the bluffs and above the bay. - Lois Larson, park manager