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Outdoor Report

Published October 15, 2015 by the Central Office

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Fall colors have come on strong in the last week, with much of the state reporting peak or near peak colors on the the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report (exit DNR), so this weekend may offer some of the best viewing statewide. A large number of fall events are taking place this weekend at state park, forest and recreation properties.

Also this weekend, a large number of hunting seasons open or reopen, so all people out enjoying the fall colors are encouraged to wear brightly colored clothing. State wildlife areas are being stocked with pheasants this week in anticipation of the opening of the pheasant season this Saturday. Hunters are asked to not run dogs in stocked fields before Saturday so that birds don't get flushed off public lands. Also opening are the southern grouse, quail, rabbit, fox, and raccoon seasons and the southern duck and goose seasons reopen.

Archery deer hunters are reporting some good success, especially in southern and central Wisconsin, and buck rubs and scrapes are increasing, indicating rutting activities are picking up. Some young bucks have left their bachelor groups and started to chase does. Southern Farmland Zone deer hunters are also being reminded that there will not be an antlerless-only firearm deer season during the Christmas holiday period in 2015. However, the Dec. 10-13 deer hunting season will be offered statewide in 2015 for all hunters with valid antlerless permits.

Low water levels on Lake Michigan tributaries continue to hamper fall salmon and trout runs. Some chinook and brown trout are being caught in most tributaries but so far fish have not run in huge numbers. Milwaukee River anglers report increased numbers of chinook and browns and chinook and coho salmon and brown trout were all reported in the Sheboygan River. Egg collection is going on at DNR facilities with more than 500,000 eggs collected from chinook salmon at the Root River facility.

On Green Bay, the perch bite is starting to get better for shore anglers at Oconto on the west shore and perch fishing was good at Sawyer Harbor and Little Sturgeon Bay on the east shore.

Walleye fishing has been picking up on Lake Wisconsin in Columbia County and some big panfish have been caught on the backwaters of the Mississippi River.

A cold front came that came through early this week brought lots of migrating birds into the state. Many diving ducks have moved in along the Mississippi River. Canada goose numbers continue to build at Horicon and Theresa marshes. The cold front also produced a good migration of woodcock.

The raptor migration is also continuing with many bald eagles, sharp-shinned hawks, red-tailed hawks, merlins, peregrine falcons and others stopping over in wildlife areas to hunt on their way south.

Sandhill Cranes numbers are at peak at the Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area. An official count will be done within the next week, but a preliminary count off the refuge showed at least 6,500 roosting there each night. Crex is holding guided bicycle and walking hike tours to observe cranes this Friday.

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2015 Deer Hunting Season Structure

Hunters should plan for changes to late season firearm deer hunting opportunities in 2015. Southern Farmland Zone deer hunters are reminded that there will not be an antlerless-only firearm deer season during the Christmas holiday period in 2015. However, the Dec. 10-13 deer hunting season will be offered statewide in 2015 for all hunters with valid antlerless permits for their deer management units and land type (public access or private). Archery deer hunting seasons will also be open during this time, but it is important to remember that only antlerless deer may be harvested from Dec. 10-13. All hunters, except waterfowl hunters, must follow blaze orange clothing requirements during the four-day firearm deer season. In the future, an antlerless only "holiday" firearm deer hunting season open from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 could return on a county-by-county basis based on recommendations from each County Deer Advisory Council. These councils represent the interests of county stakeholders and advise the department on local deer management decisions. To learn more about County Deer Advisory Councils, search keyword "CDAC." For more information regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin, including zone maps and an FAQ page, search keyword "deer."

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Northern Region

Superior DNR Service Center area

Brule River State Forest - Leaf colors are at or beyond its peak time in this area. After an unseasonably warm weekend with temperatures in the 80s, the forest is experiencing typical October weather starting out the week. On Monday, Oct. 12 we received a light rain throughout the day; however, river levels are still lower than average for this time of year. Fisherman are frequenting the lower river in hopes to hook up on some of the big fish that traditionally enter the river at this time in the fall. With water levels lower than average, it is harder to access many of the holes where fish may be holding. With windy days this week, trees are losing their leaves at a fast rate making it easier to see in the woods. This past weekend was the youth deer hunt, which gave younger hunters the opportunity to try their hand at hunting without the added pressure of additional hunters being in the woods. - Edwin Koepp, visitor services associate

Spooner DNR Service Center area

Burnett County - The fall colors in Burnett county are in full swing if even maybe a little past peak. The recent northwest winds have brought down a new population of ducks and individuals going out are finding it to be a successful hunt. On the upland side, the recent weather also produced a good migration of woodcock. The bucks are just starting to make scrapes in the woods within the last week. - Dustin R.H. Gabrielson, conservation warden, Webster

Crex Meadows State Wildlife - A cold front came through Monday morning and brought with it lots of migrating hawks and eagles, juncos and other indicators of fall migration. Aspens and maples are at or just past peak color and oaks turned overnight. To color show this season is spectacular. Sandhill Cranes numbers are at peak, with well over ten thousand in the area. An official count will be done within the next week, but a preliminary count off the refuge showed at least 6,500 roosting there each night. They are moving out of the wildlife area to farm fields during the day. The harvest is underway with not yet half the corn brought in, and most of the soybeans have been harvested. A good place to look for them in the wildlife area is the crop fields on the north side of the refuge. Station yourself on Main Dike Road along the south side of the refuge before sunset to watch their evening return to their roosting sites in the sedge marshes of the refuge. Sparrows are migrating in large flocks, you can see them along most roadsides, including fox sparrows and juncos among others. Many diving ducks moved in last week, and Canada geese are present in good numbers. Trumpeter swans families remain in the wildlife areas until ice covers the flowages. You should see families along Main Dike Road and other wetland areas in Crex. Hawks are moving through - many bald eagles are present, sharp-shinned hawks, red-tailed hawks, merlins, peregrine falcons and others stop over in the Wildlife Areas to hunt on their way south. - Kristi Pupak, natural resources educator

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Northeast Region

Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report

The boat landings are seeing fewer and fewer anglers; they have been replaced by waterfowl hunters. It was a rather breezy week and fishing pressure was low. Water temperatures have dropped into the upper 50s.

Marinette County - Fishing pressure on the Peshtigo River was extremely light this past week. Anglers do report catching a few king salmon, pinks, walleye and smallmouth, from below the dam in Peshtigo to the Peshtigo municipal landing. Spawn, spinners, spoons, and stick baits are taking a few fish. The results of a DNR shock survey shows a few kings in the Menominee River along with some pink salmon, brown trout, rainbow, walleye, and smallmouth are present in the river, success rates have been low. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Oconto County - Anglers report catching some panfish and the occasional small mouth below the dam at Stiles using crawler chunks and minnows in conjunction with slip bobbers. Most fish are being caught around structure. Pink salmon were being caught by the Iron Walking Bridge in Stiles using spinner baits and flies. The perch bite is starting to get better for shore anglers at Oconto breakwater Park and Oconto Park II. Slip bobbers or crappie rigs tipped with minnows or crawler chunks has been working well. Walleye anglers report limited success jigging around the reefs and rock piles from the Pensaukee Landing to Oconto Park II. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Brown County - The metro launch at Fox River continues to produce great numbers of catfish along with the occasional crappie and smallmouth. Wave action and rain reduced clarity throughout the area and with the air temperatures dropping, water temperatures have dipped into the 50s.Reports of musky within the river have begun to increase and multiple fish in the mid to upper 40s were boated early in the week. Late week winds and changing temps have brought a slow down to the action. Clarity in the area continues to be poor and water temps are hovering in the high 50s. Musky anglers in the Suamico River area continue to boat fish. Multiple reports of mid 40-inch fish continue to come in, with all a hookups happening while trolling just outside the river mouth. Shore anglers continue to cast worms and minnows for yellow perch and reports of high numbers of northern pike in the river also continue to come in. Water temps in the area are in the high 50s and clarity was moderate to poor. The road leading to the Bayshore Park boat launch is closed. A sign there indicates dredging is being done through Oct. 31. - John Taylor and Adrian Meseberg, fisheries technicians, Green Bay

Door County - Fishing pressure was low. Water temperatures were about 57 degrees and water clarity was 1-2 feet. Yellow perch anglers launching from Chaudoir's Dock had to work for the fish they caught. Most were found in over 20 feet of water. Fishing minnows near the bottom of the water was the most common method. Boaters trolling crank baits for walleye reported low catch rates. At Sawyer Harbor, yellow perch were being caught at higher rates in 20-28 feet of water. Minnows and night crawlers were the most popular baits. Perch kept this week ranged from 6 to 11 inches. Smallmouth bass catch rates were lower than a few weeks ago. Most were caught in 12-15 feet of water. Plastic tubes and plugs landed the most fish. Fishing pressure was low this week. Water clarity moderate. Near Little Sturgeon Bay, decent numbers of yellow perch were caught this week launching from Carmody. Minnows and night crawlers were both effective. Fishing in over twenty feet of water was the preferred depth. Perch kept ranged from 7 to 9 inches. Goby side-catches were low. Northern pike anglers caught good numbers of fish. Most fish were in the twenty to twenty-five inch range, but a few thirty to forty inch pike were also landed. Spinner baits and plugs were the most used lures. Fishing pressure was light. Water clarity was around eight feet. - John Taylor and Adrian Meseberg, fisheries technicians, Green Bay

Manitowoc County - King salmon are still being caught in area rivers. So far the salmon have not run in huge numbers in the East Twin, West Twin, or Manitowoc River. Brown trout are being caught beneath the Shoto, and Mishicot dams. Area boat ramps remained quiet this past weekend. The dams in both Shoto and Mishicot remained popular fishing spots this weekend. Brown trout can be seen surfacing below the Mishicot Dam in the late afternoon. Several anglers had success landing browns with a yarn fly, or yarn ball. Anglers fishing with spawn sacs are landing king salmon with a bit of effort. Most of these fish are in the 10-12 pound range and are still getting darker in color. The West Twin River is fairly clear in Shoto, but the water gets deep and muddy fast downstream. The water temperature is 63 degrees. The East Twin River clears after the dam pool, but soon gets muddy outside of Mishicot. The temperature in the East Twin River is 61 degrees. The Manitowoc River rose about 2 inches in the past few days after Thursday's rains. A few people tried fishing the Two Rivers Piers over the weekend, with little success. The ramps in Two Rivers have not seen much activity lately. The water temperature in Two Rivers Harbor is 60 degrees. - Jason Ruckel, fisheries technician, Mishicot

Peshtigo DNR Service Center area

Despite no frost yet within 15-20 miles yet of the bay of Green Bay fall colors are reaching peak. High wind though the past few days are taking a toll. Breeding behavior of deer; namely rubs, scrapes, and sparing bucks have been observed in Marinette, Oconto, and Brown counties. Despite mosquitos hanging on, many hunters and outdoor recreationalists are taking advantage of prolonged warm weather. - David Halfmann, wildlife biologist

Sturgeon Bay DNR Service Center area

Strawberry Creek Chinook Facility - The pond at Strawberry Creek was opened and the water pump was started on Wednesday September 30. Especially prior to running the pump, few chinooks were observed in the creek likely due in part to limited stream flow and warm weather. Chinook were processed on Monday, October 5 for the first time this season at Strawberry Creek, however only 59 chinook were processed and no eggs were kept. Most of the female chinook processed on Monday were green/hard. Several hundred additional chinook were available in the pond, but these fish were kept for a later date with hopes of getting more ripe fish. Chinooks were processed again on October 8. A total of 439 chinook were processed and an estimated 520,674 eggs were collected, and several hundred additional chinook were kept in the pond. The eggs look to be in good condition, but are very small in size. Egg collections at Strawberry Creek were planned for October 12 and 15. - Nick Legler, fisheries biologist, Sturgeon Bay

Whitefish Dunes State Park - This is a great time of year to hike the trails and look for wildlife especially on the Red trail with the lookout observation deck to see the most color change in the area. The trees are changing color and falling quickly with the wind. Several pileated woodpecker sightings and also terns soaring along the beach. Several sightings of baby snapping turtles this week along the beach. Mark your calendar for the fall volunteer day Saturday October 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come join the park staff and Friends group get the park ready for winter. Some projects are inside but most are outside. Please call the office if able to volunteer 920-823-2400. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers by the Friends group. - Jaclyn Moeri, visitor services associate

Wautoma DNR Service Center area

Waupaca County - Cold weather finally arrived this week and we lost a fair amount of leaves. We are still not quite at peak colors in central Wisconsin. Should be some woodcock coming down with the cold front. Some buck rubs have been observed and deer activity should increase with cooler weather. Stupendous red oak acorn crop this year - that is where I would hunt if I were going after deer or turkeys. - Karl Kramer, wildlife technician, Wautoma

Oshkosh DNR Service Center area

Fond du Lac County - Fall Colors are near peak in much of Fond du Lac County. A visit to the Kettle Moraine State Forest or a hike or bike ride on the Mascoutin Valley Recreational Trail or Wild Goose state Trail should provide ample opportunity to take in the fall scenery. Canada geese have been observed in large numbers in the west central portion of the County. Wood ducks and teal remain in the area, but few mallards or other species waterfowl have been observed in the area. The cooler temperatures anticipated for the weekend may bring an increase in waterfowl to the area for the re-opening of the southern waterfowl zone. - Samantha Koscher, conservation warden, Fond du Lac

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Southeast Region

Milwaukee DNR Service Center area

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Pike Lake Unit - There is crispness in the air as the seasons have begun to change. The autumn colors now and for the next week or so will and are amazing in the Kettle Moraine. Migration is in full swing with our local sandhill cranes having left for their winter retreat.

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

Sheboygan County - In Sheboygan a few browns and coho have been caught off of both the north and south piers, with slightly more fish taken off the south pier. Spoons, spawn sacs, and alewives have all produced. In the Sheboygan River chinook, browns, and coho were all reported, but the catch rate remains low. Some chinook have been found near Esslingen Park and further upstream; fly anglers have had the most success catching them. A variety of patterns were reported; anything brightly colored seemed to work best. The coho have been downstream of Esslingen Park and are still fairly silver in color and seem to have just started to work their way up. Spinners have worked the best for anglers casting in stretches downstream of Esslingen Park. No particular area has stuck out, and anywhere deep is worth a shot. The Pigeon River remains very low, and no fish have been reported.

Ozaukee County - In Port Washington, shore fishing has been slow inside the harbor area. A few browns and coho have been taken on spawn and skein, but few fish were caught for the number of anglers in the area. Sauk Creek remains very low, but anglers have reported a few chinook and browns near the mouth of the creek.

Milwaukee County - Milwaukee anglers fishing off of McKinley Pier report seeing brown trout on the harbor side of the pier, but catching them has been difficult. Elsewhere in the harbor, a few chinook and browns have been caught in McKinley Marina, Veteran's Park, near the old Coast Guard station, as well as near the pumping station gates. Various crank baits, spoons, and spawn sacs have all taken fish. A mix of chinook, browns and rainbows have been caught on spawn from the lagoon at Lakeshore State Park. Boats fishing in McKinley Marina have been catching a few chinook on crank baits or skein under a bobber, while those working the outer break walls and gaps have come back empty handed. On the Oak Creek, chinook and browns remain in the pool below the dam, but water levels in the creek are very low and the mouth is now very narrow and only a couple of inches deep. Milwaukee River anglers report increased numbers of chinook and browns below the falls in Kletzsch and Estabrook Parks after some rain fell last Thursday. Fly anglers had success with black woolly buggers and egg patterns, and spawn also produced fish. Fishing remains slow on the Menomonee River.

Racine County - Most anglers in Racine have been fishing from the shoreline in the harbor and near the boat ramp. Occasional steelhead have been caught by anglers using spawn sacs. An angler fly fishing with an orange fly caught a brown trout in the harbor. Anglers using spawn sacs from the rocks near the harbor side of south pier caught a mixed bag of coho and chinook. Fishing pressure from the piers was very low last week due to high waves and turbid water, but an angler was able to catch two coho using a crank bait from the south pier during last light. Fishing pressure on the Root River has been low due to very low flows in the river. The anglers that had success were targeting deeper holes near Island Park and the Washington Park golf course. The catch consisted mainly of chinook with an occasional coho, and all fish were caught on fly fishing gear. The water temperature in the Root remains in the mid to low 50s. Fish were processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility on Saturday, October 10. DNR crews processed 268 fish, including 249 chinook, 10 browns, and nine coho, and most of those fish were passed upriver. Over 500,000 eggs were collected from chinook salmon. The next processing day will be dependent on rainfall and the upstream migration of fish.

Kenosha County - Kenosha shore anglers have had minimal success near the boat ramp and by the rocks behind the hotel, but one angler caught multiple brown trout from the rocks in Navy Memorial Park. This angler was fly fishing using a small green fly. Fishing effort was low from the piers in Kenosha, but a few anglers had luck with coho hitting orange spinner baits and spawn sacs. More anglers were seen fishing the Pike River this week, but success was inconsistent with one angler reporting three chinook one day and none the next. Popular spots include where Highways A and E cross the river and anywhere in Petrifying Springs Park. Flow in the river is still too low for consistent success.

Plymouth DNR Service Center area

Theresa Marsh State Wildlife Area - The fall colors in Washington County are near peak. Later this week we will be stocking pheasants in permanent grass fields on Allenton, Jackson and Theresa Marsh wildlife areas for the Saturday noon opener. We encourage all pheasant hunters to wear blaze orange while pheasant hunting and to not "run their dogs" in the stocked fields before the Saturday opener so that birds don't get flushed ofr public land on onto other non-huntable areas before the season opens. The duck season reopens this Saturday following a five-day split. Canada goose and duck numbers have continued to build up in the two Theresa Marsh refuges, so waterfowl hunters may have some luck this weekend and during the later parts of the season. Theresa is part of the Horicon Goose Zone, and Allenton and Jackson Marsh are in the Exterior zone. The most abundant ducks harvested on opening weekend (Oct. 3 and 4) on Theresa Marsh were green-winged teal followed by mallards, blue-winged teal, woodies and gadwalls. A lot of bean and corn fields have been harvested, so goose hunting opportunities are available if landowner permission is obtained. Waterfowl, crane, egret and other bird viewing and photographing opportunities are excellent from the Highway 28 right-of-ways, just west of Highway 41. You might also see the pair of adult bald eagles that hang out in area near the bridge. Bow deer hunting has been picking up. Very few "public land" antlerless deer tags remain for Washington and Ozaukee counties, so if you still want one on those now is the time to buy one. - Tom Isaac, wildlife biologist, Hartford

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South Central Region

Horicon DNR Service Center area

Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area - Fall colors and good waterfowl numbers continue to make Horicon Marsh a favorite fall destination. People can check migration progress on a new migration meter on the DNR website. Along with visiting the Explorium, why not join us for one of our scheduled weekend events: October 17: Crane Watch 4:30-6:30 p.m. Join educators at the Palmatory Street Overlook an hour before sunset for an informative talk on the birds you see flying over-head. Picnic dinners encouraged. Dress warm and bring your own camping chair if you'd like! All programs are free and open to the public. 1210 N. Palmatory St. October 17: Stargazing 5-9 p.m. Join members of the Northern Cross Science Foundation as they view the night sky through powerful telescopes. Location Update! 1210 N. Palmatory St. - Jennifer Wirth, visitor services specialist

Fitchburg DNR Service Center area

Columbia County - Walleye fishing is picking up on Lake Wisconsin in Columbia County. With water temperatures dropping, the walleye bite should continue to get better. Many crops are being harvesting, leading to better field hunting for ducks and geese. Archery hunters are having good success with Columbia County leading the southern farmland zone in bucks harvested. - Ryan Volenberg, conservation warden, Poynette

Tree color is about at 50 percent. Some trees have already dropped, some are in full color, and yet some are still very green. Fishing has been spotty on area lakes. Reminder to all fishermen using boats to double check for lifejackets, and even better, wear them as water temperatures are dropping. - Paul Nadolski, conservation warden, Portage

Leaves are bursting with color across the county - we're nearing peak very quickly. Pheasants will be stocked this week on the stocked properties in the county in anticipation for this weekend's pheasant opener. We've received additional reports of dead deer from this summer/fall in locations between Highway 127 and the Wisconsin River in Lewiston Township near Portage. In order to monitor and investigate wildlife mortalities, including deer in apparent good body condition and not in advanced stages of decomposition found near bodies of water in Columbia County, please contact Columbia County wildlife biologist Sara Kehrli at 608-635-8123 or via email at saras.kehrli@wisconsin.gov. - Sara Kehrli, wildlife biologist, Poynette

Dane County - Crops are being actively harvested with most soybeans harvested and some corn. Bird migrants of note include good numbers of sparrows at state wildlife areas. Look for sparrows in prairies and in weedy forest/shrub edges. Rarer sparrows include Harris' sparrow and Le Conte's sparrow reported in Dane County this week. Pheasant opener is this Saturday at noon. Wild pheasant populations on public land in Dane County remain low but somewhat higher than in previous years due to the warmer winter and good breeding conditions in 2015. Stocking continues to be very successful with good production at the game farm. Public lands on DNR and County lands are stocked throughout the season offering excellent hunting opportunities. For a list of properties search the DNR website for "pheasant." - Andy Paulios, wildlife biologist, Fitchburg

Jefferson County - Fall colors are beginning to peak, providing excellent opportunities for photos or simply enjoying the outdoors. Waterfowl season is underway, and reports indicate successful wood duck hunts throughout the county. Fall migration is in full swing and some of our winter bird species have been arriving, including nuthatches and dark-eyed juncos. The wild grapes are perfectly ripened for those that make jam. - Mark Witecha, wildlife biologist, Jefferson County

Devil's Lake State Park - Autumn leaves are about 40 percent turned to colors. 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. Group Camp running water restrooms and showers will be turned off October 13, and only vault toilets and one winterized water tap will be available there through the rest of the off-season. Quartzite Campground will remain open throughout the offseason. Northern Lights and Ice Age Campgrounds are now closed for the season. Water facilities will begin being turned off starting on October 13.

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West Central Region

La Crosse DNR Service Center area

Pepin County - Peak fall colors in the Pepin and Buffalo County area. A bumper acorn crop has meant great deer hunting in the area so far this fall. Big panfish have also been caught on the backwaters of the Mississippi River. - JJ Redemann, conservation warden, Durand

Vernon County - Whitetail bucks are showing various signs of rutting activity. Some young bucks have left their bachelor groups and started to chase does. Rub and scrape lines are also being reported. The local corn crop appears to be very strong throughout most of the coulee country. Regardless, it pays to do some extra scouting, as certain individual trees can produce more favorable and greater quantities of acorns, thus attracting deer and other wildlife from great distances. - Dave Matheys, wildlife biologist, Viroqua

Merrick State Park - Fall colors are nearing peak and the scattered maple trees throughout the park are ablaze with color. The fall migration is in full swing. Large flocks pelicans have been seen flying over-head. Several swans have been hanging out in the wetlands near the south campground. - Lois Larson, park manager

Black River Falls DNR Service Center area

Black River State Forest - Fall colors are currently at 80 percent in the Black River area. While high winds last week caused a lot of leaves to drop there is still a lot of color around the forest. Brown, copper, and rust colors are really starting to show as oak leaves begin to change. Temperatures are expected to cool this weekend with highs in the low 40s to mid-50s. The shower/ flush toilet building and the dump station at Castle Mound campground are now closed for the season. All campgrounds are open on a first-come, first-served basis. - Emily Alf, visitor services associate

Eau Claire DNR Service Center area

Eau Claire County -Fall colors have peaked in the Chippewa River Valley. Cool frosty mornings give rise to pleasant temperatures to spend time in the woods hunting and hiking. Waterfowl hunters report increased hunting opportunities as the divers move into the area. Water levels on Lake Altoona will drop significantly to accommodate needed dam repairs. The Tom Lawin Wildlife Area and the Lake Hallie Marsh in Chippewa County have been stocked with pheasants. - Scott Thiede, conservation warden, Eau Claire

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 November 15. Fishing pier and boat boarding piers will be removed the morning of Wednesday, October 21. - Heather Wolf, park manager

Roche-A-Cri State Park - Camping and the main gate are now closed for the year. Please do not park in front of the gate. Parking will be in the winter lot on Czech Ave and park stickers will still be required. - Heather Wolf, park manager



Last Revised: Thursday, October 15, 2015

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