Published November 3, 2016 by the Central Office
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Darkness will be falling a little quicker starting this weekend with the end of daylight savings time and the clocks falling back an hour, but with temperatures the way they have been, there's still plenty of time to get outdoors this fall. While several rain cells moved across the state recently, trails in state parks and forests are in good shape. Peak colors are now being reported in fewer than 10 southern and southeastern counties on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report (exit DNR). In most areas, the only fall color visible now is the muted yellows of tamarack needles and the rusty browns of oak leaves.
Hunting pressure has replaced fishing pressure across much of the state in the past two weeks, but many anglers are taking full advantage of the unseasonably warmer temperatures to still wet a line.
In the Northwoods musky continue to be the fish of choice. Strong action has been reported lately, with musky being found lingering around shallow weedy edges and suspended over deep-water areas. The recent sun and warmth have improved action for some anglers using artificial bait, with most musky landed falling in the 32 to 40 inch range. Success for walleye remains inconsistent, with live minnows still proving to be the best bait.
Pressure was low on northern Lake Michigan waters. Anglers were still landing bluegill and crappie below the dam on the Oconto River. Those fishing for musky are reporting some catches at the mouth of the Pensaukee River while perch fishing was improving off Oconto. Anglers were having success for walleye and brown trout from the Hattie Street Dam to the mouth of the Menominee River, with whitefish also starting to show up.
As the chinook salmon run comes closer to the end the fishing pressure on Lake Michigan tributaries has slowed. There were still anglers who took to the Kewaunee River over the weekend in hopes of catching one of the remaining salmon. The remaining chinook are on their last leg and are deteriorating fast, but the coho run is in full swing on some rivers and angler have also reported catching brown trout and steelhead as well.
Bow hunters have all eyes peeled as the rut really kicked off in the past week. Buck movement has increased dramatically with bucks actively pursuing does and moving all hours of the day and night. Bucks can increase their home range up to three times during the rut. As the rut ramps up, so too will car deer collisions so keep a cautious eye out for deer when driving this time of year.
Grouse are still being spotted and the turkey population has also been very visible as of late. Pheasant hunters are still out in good numbers on the stocked properties. Beginning Nov. 4, the 2 p.m. pheasant hunting closure will no longer apply on certain wildlife areas, so check the regulations for details. With the mild weather the woodcock migration seems to have come to a standstill with woodcock still around in good numbers -- very unusual in early November. Given the forecast, woodcock may be here until the Nov. 7 season closure. Larger flocks of Canada geese and sandhill cranes are being seen in southern Wisconsin and viewing opportunities have been excellent at Theresa and Horicon marshes.
With these warm temperatures, mosquitoes and ticks are still hanging around being pesky as ever. Snakes and frogs are still out, and even a few spring peepers were heard calling this week.
Superior DNR Service Center area
Brule River State Forest - Historically, it's not unusual to see snow in October. However, this year October brought warmer than normal temperatures, no snow, and close to average amount of precipitation. The forecast for the first week of November continues the trend with sun and daytime high temperatures forecast to be in the 50s and 60s, well above normal for this time of year! The chance of rain remains low through the coming week. This weekend is the end of Daylight Savings Time, so it may be a bit brighter for the morning commute, but it will be dark by 5 p.m. Deer are in rut and, with the shorter daylight hours, this time of year is especially dangerous for deer/vehicle accidents. Watch out for deer on the roads. If a deer is killed by a car and you or someone else would like to claim that deer, contact the DNR vehicle-killed deer hotline at 608-267-7691 prior to possessing or removing a deer from the scene. A review of the Brule River State Forest master plan is underway. Citizen involvement is encouraged and the public is invited to share their thoughts and suggestions about current and future management of this productive and popular public property. The Master Plan website contains links to documents, maps, contact information, a public comment form and on-line questionnaire. There will be a public meeting at the Brule Town Hall on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 4-7 p.m. The public comment period is open until Nov. 21, 2016. Work on the new warming shelter is progressing nicely. Concrete was poured this week and walls are going up. The building should be ready for use by ski season. - Diane Gobin, visitor services associate
Hayward DNR Service Center area
Sawyer County - Individuals fishing musky are doing real well with suckers. Fishing the deep edges seems to be producing most fish. Some individuals are landing several muskies a day. One individual had a picture of a 49-inch 30-plus-pound musky he caught on the Chippewa Flowage this weekend. The fish was caught on a large sucker. All the leaves are off the trees making it easier for the archery and small game hunters. Whitetail buck rubs and scrapes are showing up in more numbers each day. Individuals are reminded that tree stands still need to be removed daily from state properties and any camera on state lands need to have the customer's name or customer ID on it. Trappers are capitalizing on what appears to be abundant numbers of animals, even though fur prices are low. Most species are open at this time with the exception of beaver and otter. Both those seasons open on Nov. 5 in the north zone. Otter require a permit to trap. - Thomas Heisler Jr., conservation warden, Winter
Park Falls DNR Service Center area
Upper Chippewa Basin fisheries report (Price, Rusk, Sawyer Taylor and inland Ashland and Iron counties) - Hunting has pretty much replaced fishing as the main form of outdoor recreation in the Northwoods in the last couple weeks. The beginning of the deer rut has bow hunters spending more time in their deer stands, and grouse are still being found in fairly good numbers. Water temperatures have been slowly dropping with the cooler weather and most lakes are reported to be in the upper 40-degree range. Musky have continued to be the main species of interest and have been providing some very good action. Most of the musky anglers have been dragging live suckers around and have been seeing quite a few fish. The musky have been found in a variety of habitats, including the shallow weed edges, the mid-depth flats, and some suspended over deep-water areas. A few anglers are still throwing artificial baits and have been experiencing some action, with fish being more active on the sunny and warmer days when the water has warmed a bit. Most of the musky landed have been in the 32 to 40-inch size, though some larger fish have been starting to show up. A few walleye anglers have still been trying their luck and success has been very inconsistent - some days provide good action on small and medium-size walleye while other days provide virtually no action at all. Live minnows continue to best the best bait, whether fished below a slip bobber, on a jig, or a bare hook dragged along the bottom. Cloudy days often produce some catches all day long, but on sunny days, look for the fish to bite in the late afternoon hours and right at dark. Panfish action has been fair and a few nice catches of crappie and perch are still being made along mid-depth breaks and near cover. - Skip Sommerfeldt, senior fisheries biologist, Park Falls
Flambeau River State Forest - The forest floor is thick with downed leaves. The oaks seem to be the only trees left that have leaves still in the canopy and tamaracks are starting to lose their needles. It seems to be an abnormally good year for deer mice and meadow mice. This will make for some very happy predators such as: short-tail shrews, weasels, fox, bobcats, coyotes, hawks and owls. Vocalizations of barred owls are high. Groups of snow buntings have been flying around in their wave-like formations . A sign that winter is coming. Grouse have been hanging around the road sides eating leaves, and grasses. Because of the cold temperatures, insects are low, and not very many woodcock are being seen. Grouse numbers are fair to good. Bird hunters seem to be happy with the amount of activity they have seen. Bird migration is in progress. Because of the quantity of precipitation we have received, ducks have not concentrated in areas, they are spread out. The elk are feeding heavily to fatten up in preparation for the winter months. Five animals were observed on the east side of the North Fork of the Flambeau River by an area resident and there was one bull in the group. The elk calves weigh about 120 pounds now and are about the size of an adult doe. Bucks are being observed traveling, buck rubs and scrapes are being seen, and large necks on the bucks indicate the bucks are ready. The weather forecast for this week indicates sunny days thru Sunday Nov. 6 and daily temperatures in the high 50s and night temperatures in the high 30s. - Diane Stowell, forestry technician advanced and visitor services associate
Woodruff DNR Service Center area
Oneida County - Motorist sightings of "glazed" looking bucks have increased the last few days. Trail cam pictures of "new" bucks have also been increasing as bucks can increase their home range up to three times during the rut! Peak rut action is still a few days away as many does are not near estrous, but overall activity is increasing. The upcoming weather should provide for some great opportunities to get out and enjoy the fall. Deer ticks are still thick in a lot of areas so be careful and check yourself and your pets after a hike. - Curt Rollman, deer biologist, Rhinelander
Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report
This report is for the week of October 23-29. Fishing conditions this past week were good for the most part although fishing pressure was low with a few exceptions.
Marinette County - Anglers trolling out of Little River report catching brown trout out on the Trout Bar using stick baits and spoons. The Menominee River is producing catches of walleye and brown trout from the Hattie Street Dam to the mouth of the River. Stephenson Island and the Fishermen's Walkway at Hattie Street have been the hot spots. Stick baits and spoons have been working well as have flies and live bait. White fish are also starting to show up in the Menominee River. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Oconto County - Anglers are still catching a few bluegill and crappie below the dam at Stiles on the Oconto River. Fishing pressure has been low along with catch rates. Anglers are using live bait and catching most of their fish along the pilings below the dam at Stiles. Musky anglers are reporting some fish being caught out of the mouth of the Pensaukee River using large crank baits and plastics. Perch fishing is starting to improve from the Municipal Landing on the Oconto River to Oconto Park II. Shore anglers report some days are better others but that the fish are finally showing up in good numbers. Minnows and crawler chunks are working the best, some sorting is required. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Door County - Fishing pressure has been very slow all over Door County. Anglers that are out fishing for perch in and around the canal in Sturgeon Bay report a good bite still. Those out for brown trout trolling in the canal have had luck right in town. Salmon were still being seen in Whitefish Bay Creek and Shivering Sands. Anglers have been seen fishing off the wall at the Stone Quarry but the bite was reported tough for perch and smallmouth. Those anglers fishing up in Ellision Bay for smallmouth reported successful trips as well. - Emily M. Kurszewski, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay
Kewaunee County - As the chinook salmon run comes closer to the end the fishing pressure on the Kewaunee and Ahnapee rivers has slowed. There were still many anglers that took to the Kewaunee River over the weekend in hopes of catching one of the remaining salmon. The chinook salmon are on their last leg and are deteriorating fast, but the good news for those stream anglers is that the coho run is in full swing and they may spot the occasional brown trout or steelhead in the river as well. Many anglers are still choosing to float a spawn sac under a bobber or are casting spoons resulting in some luck for anglers. At Besadny Fish Facility in Kewaunee last week they processed over 200 coho, spawning 103 females, over 90 chinook were also processed but no eggs were collected as the egg quota has been met for this year already. Anglers fishing below the Forestville dam are reporting that they are still catching some chinook salmon and the occasional steelhead. Those fishing off the pier in Algoma reported catching some brown trout this past week as well. - Emily M. Kurszewski, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay
Peshtigo DNR Service Center area
Marinette County - Warm and sunny weather is upon us making fishing sound more inviting than hunting the rut. In spite of the warm weather, deer hunters have been reporting increased buck activity and more lone fawns wandering around. Signs that the early stages of the rut have begun. As the rut ramps up, so too will car deer collisions so keep a cautious eye out for deer when driving this time of year. Woodcock migration seems to have come to a standstill with very few birds flushed over the weekend. If there is a cold snap in the north, the birds may head south before the Nov. 7 season closure, but the forecast suggests otherwise. The warm moist air has mushrooms still going strong and chanterelles and other edibles can be found if you know where to look. The only fall color visible now is the muted yellows of tamarack needles and the rusty browns of oak leaves. Common and glossy buckthorn, both highly invasive shrubs, are holding onto their green leaves right now while most of our natives have dropped their leaves. This is a great time to survey your property for the invasives and formulate a plan with regards to control. The first step to any control effort is to determine the extent of the problem. If you walk a 40 acre parcel and find buckthorn across the entire area, then control may not be feasible. If however you walk a property and find a small isolated clump of invasives, now is the time to get it taken care of. Buckthorn can be controlled by cutting the main stem/trunk and immediately painting or spraying the cut surface with an approved chemical. Trappers are having mixed success with some fishers, coyotes, and coon being caught. - Aaron McCullough, wildlife technician, Wausaukee
Sturgeon Bay DNR Service Center area
Potawatomi State Park - Leaves are falling off the trees, but there is still color in the park. The tower remains a popular destination on sunny autumn days. All hiking and biking trails are open. The fish cleaning station is closed for the season. The park's accessible fishing pier was severely damaged by high waves in 2014 and removed from the water. The Friends of Potawatomi State Park have started a fundraising campaign to support replacement of the pier in the picnic area. Please visit www.runwild.org (the Friends' website) for more information. - Lois M. Hanson, visitor services associate
Whitefish Dunes State Park - With the recent rain and warm temperatures, several fall mushrooms have been popping up. Fall colors peaked last week but many trees still have leaves especially the beech trees. There are mostly yellows and oranges and many people have been enjoying great views of the trees atop Old Baldy. Asters have been in bloom along the park trails. This week there have been several sightings of eagles soaring along the beach. - Jaclyn Moeri, visitor services associate
Wautoma DNR Service Center area
Waupaca County - Very warm weather for this time of year. No word on any inland fishing success, word is that it has been too warm. Bucks are actively pursuing does and moving all hours of the day and night. Best two weeks of the year to get a big buck are upon us. Both wood ducks and woodcock are still here in good numbers - very unusual in early November. Given the forecast, we should still have woodcock here until Nov. 7, when the season closes. Geese and turkey are everywhere. - Karl Kramer, wildlife technician, Wautoma
The annual deer rut is in full swing and archery hunters are having a good success while enjoying beautiful weather while afield. Kayakers are also enjoying this fall weather and it is not too late in the year to enjoy the waters mostly to yourself. - Ted Dremel, conservation warden, Wautoma
Oshkosh DNR Service Center area
Calumet County - Perch fishing has come to a standstill along the east shore of Lake Winnebago in Calumet County. Most anglers have now winterized their boats for storage. Deer movement is increasing in both the early morning and late afternoon hours. Many nice bucks have been seen chasing does with the start of the rut. Motorists are advised to drive with caution. Pheasant hunters are having success on both the Killsnake and Brillion State Wildlife Areas. Stocking will take place for two more weeks at both locations. Migrating geese have been seen in large numbers in recent days and waterfowl hunters are having success in recently picked corn fields in the area. - Michael Disher, conservation warden - Stockbridge
Milwaukee DNR Service Center area
Southern Lake Michigan fisheries team report - Compiled from creel clerks by Cheryl Masterson and Jeffrey Zinuticz, fisheries technicians, Milwaukee
Milwaukee County - The temperature reached 68 degrees on the weekend as a warm front with south winds at 15-20 mph (gusting to 31 mph) moved into the area. A large number of trout and salmon were seen at most of the fishing areas inside the Milwaukee harbor during the week. Five to six anglers on average targeted trout and salmon at the gates to the pumping station near Lincoln Memorial Drive on the weekend. A few kings and coho were landed by anglers fishing with spawn sacks. A large number of trout and salmon have been stacked up against the McKinley boat launch for the past three to four weeks. The majority of the fish were seen at the ramp at sunrise and sunset. Two to three shoreline anglers on average have been fishing at the boat launch during the work week and up to six to seven anglers on the weekend. Anglers landed a few kings, coho, and rainbows with spawn sacks and skein under bobbers. A few brown trout and rainbows continue to be caught with shiners and fathead minnow on the shoreline behind Summerfest. A couple of anglers landed a nice size brown trout and a king at the lagoons recently while casting spinner baits. Fishing pressure on the southern shoreline tapered off on Wednesday with gale force winds at 30 knots, 8-10 foot waves, and small craft advisories. Anglers on the pier landed brown trout, smallmouth bass, rock bass, rainbows, and northern pike this season but very few perch. Trout and salmon have been swimming in the shallow bay at the base of the Oak Creek for the past two weeks but very few anglers have been fishing for them. Most of the fishing pressure on the Oak Creek has been upstream at the pool below the dam. Chinook salmon, coho, and rainbows are being caught at the pool with spawn sacks, skein, small spinner baits, and miniature marshmallows. Boats out of Bender had good luck recently landing lake trout, brown trout, and chinook salmon while trolling spoons in 25 feet of water off Wind Point. The Milwaukee River water level at Estabrook Park increased from 2.47 feet last week to 3.69 feet on Sunday. The flow rate increased from 449 to 1,560 cfs. The water temperature at Kletzsch Park increased slightly from 51 degrees last week to 52 on Sunday. Anglers targeted coho salmon and rainbows in the rapids between the North Avenue Bridge and the former North Avenue dam on Monday. All of the anglers were fishing from the shoreline on the banks of the river. The water level at Miller Park rose 3 feet after 1.8 inches of rain fell on Wednesday. The water was cloudy on Sunday with visibility at 12-18 inches. The water temperature at Miller Park increased slightly from 51 degrees last week to 52 degrees on Sunday. The water was crystal clear and the trout and salmon congregated in shaded areas away from the bright sun. Nice size bluegills, small crappies, and a perch were landed during the week at the Virginia Street fishing site and at the 11th & Bruce Street Bridge.
Racine County - The Root River was flowing at 129 cfs this week. The water clarity is low making it very difficult to sight fish. Overall anglers haven't caught many salmon this week, but anglers have started to catch browns and steelhead. The water temperature upstream of the facility was 51 degrees, and 53 degrees downstream of the facility. There was a lot of fishing pressure this week at the Horlick Dam. Anglers fishing near the dam caught a few king salmon, a few steelhead, and a lot of brown trout. Many anglers caught multiple fish each day. Anglers reported using yarn eggs, spey flies, wooly buggers, egg sucking leeches, and nymphs. So far a total of 1,375 kings, 759 coho, 14 steelhead, and nine browns have been passed upstream of the facility. With all the rain from last week many fish made it over the facility dam so there are many more steelhead and browns upstream of the facility. Most of the fishing pressure downstream of the facility has been focused at Lincoln Park. Anglers fishing downstream of the facility had some success. Anglers caught a few brown trout and a couple of steelhead on small streamers and flies.
Kenosha County - A lot of anglers were interviewed this week, but only two coho salmon were reported caught in the harbor on spawn sacs. The water temperature was 61 degrees. Only a few anglers were interviewed this week fishing the Pike. Only one angler reported catching fish. The angler reported catching one king salmon on a spawn sac. The angler was fishing at Petrifying Springs Park. The water temperature was 52 degrees.
Plymouth DNR Service Center area
Theresa Marsh State Wildlife Area - Beginning Nov. 4, all- day pheasant hunting is allowed every day on Theresa, Allenton and Jackson wildlife areas. All three properties have a 2 p.m. closure for pheasant hunting on week days from opening weekend through Nov. 3. Pheasants will be stocked once a week during the first two weeks in November, and no pheasants will be stocked during the week of the nine-day gun deer season. Washington County deer hunters are asked to submit their adult deer for CWD sampling by dropping off their deer head at the self-service kiosk at the Pike Lake DNR office. Gehrings Meat Market north of Slinger is also collecting heads for CWD sampling. Viewing opportunities for waterfowl and other migratory birds are excellent on Theresa Marsh from the Highway 28 right-of-way just west of Interstate Highway 41, and from the Mohawk Road overlook parking lot on the east side of the marsh. The best times for viewing waterfowl, sandhill cranes and other birds flying into and out of the marsh are dusk and dawn. A pair of bald eagles has been frequently seen along Highway 28. Deer movements (and deer/vehicle collisions) are picking up as we near the peak of the rut in mid-November. - Tom Isaac, wildlife biologist, Hartford
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUhJaGOg0Y8&feature=youtu.be The river remains high, running about twice the normal flow for this time of year. Incredibly mild weather with temperatures in the 60 forecast for the weekend. Fish are still biting. Hunting seasons are well underway. - Mark Cupp, executive director Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board
Dodgeville DNR Service Center area
Green County - The rut is in full swing and bow hunters all over the area are reporting lots of deer movement. Remember all baiting/feeding of deer in Green County is illegal. Also new with deer tags this year, before you take possession of the animal make sure you validate your carcass tag and know if you leave it TAG it. As always, please report any violations you observe and stay safe!
Horicon DNR Service Center area
Dodge County - Staff at Horicon are seeing good duck hunting in flooded corn and bean fields throughout Dodge County. - Paul Nell, conservation warden, Horicon
Fitchburg DNR Service Center area
Columbia County - Believe it or not, with these warm temperatures, mosquitoes are still hanging around being pesky as ever. Snakes and frogs are still out, and I even heard a few spring peepers calling. Larger flocks of Canada geese and sandhill cranes are being seen in the county, and some snow geese were spotted last week. Farmers are desperately trying to get the crops off their fields while the dry weather holds with mixed success - it looks like some fields are still too wet to get into. Bow hunters are reporting more daylight deer movement as bucks are showing more rutting behavior. Pheasant hunters are still out in good numbers on the stocked properties in the county. A few woodcock are still being seen. This is the last week pheasant stocking occurs twice a week, next week all stocked properties will drop down to once a week stocking. Beginning Friday Nov. 4,, 2 p.m. pheasant hunting closure no longer applies at Pine Island or Mud Lake Wildlife Areas. Pine Island's swales are still holding quite a bit of water, bring your knee highs when planning a pheasant or deer hunt. Deer ticks are also being found more regularly crawling on hunters and their dogs. With the uptick in Lyme's and other tick-borne illnesses, please inspect yourself and dogs after a day afield. While it looks like we're past fall color peak, many oaks are still holding their leaves and are showing off some brilliant colors (for oaks!) in the county. Some maples still are showy, and aspen are fairly brilliantly yellow in places. - Sara Kehrli, wildlife biologist, Poynette
Jefferson County - Walleye bite on the Rock River and Lake Koshkonong has slowed just a bit. Anglers are still reporting catching legal size fish, just not as many as a couple weeks ago. Many anglers are taking full advantage of the warmer temperatures, fishing from boats and shore on area water bodies. Hunters and bird watchers both report seeing many different species of waterfowl throughout Jefferson County. The high water levels have provided additional roosting and feeding areas for the birds as they pass through. The Glacial Drumlin Trail offers a great way to get out and enjoy the fall colors in Jefferson County. Archers throughout the county report seeing a slight increase in the daylight deer movement. According to different hunting publications the whitetail rut should be in full swing by the middle of next week. In spite of the cold nights we experienced earlier this month, mosquitos are still out and more than willing to feast on any hunter in the field. Deer and wood ticks are also still very active looking for an available host. Take care and check yourself and your pets carefully for ticks after being in the outdoors. - Ryan Ellifson, conservation warden, Jefferson County
La Crosse DNR Service Center area
Vernon County - Because of their secretive, solitary, and nocturnal behavior, bobcats are seldom encountered in the wild. With the increased use of trail cameras, however, there has been an increased number of bobcat sightings documented by trail cameras in Crawford and Vernon counties. Bobcats, which derive their name from their short or "bobbed" tail, are two to three times larger than a house cat. Their spotted coats provide excellent camouflage in forest and brushy habitats these stealthy predators prefer. Small mammals, such as rabbits, mice, voles, shrews, and squirrels, are common prey items for bobcats, which they stalk or ambush. Bobcats also feed on deer carrion, small birds, and reptiles. With eyes that face forward, binocular color vision, good depth perception, excellent hearing and olfaction, and a powerful, well-proportioned body, bobcats are efficient predators. Furthermore, bobcats have teeth that are designed to grasp and shear meat, rough tongues that can grate meat from bones, soft footpads for stealth, retractile claws used to hold and slash prey, and extremely sensitive reflexes. No wonder this beautiful animal is one of the most carnivorous mammals in Wisconsin. - Dave Matheys, wildlife biologist, Viroqua
Eau Claire DNR Service Center area
Eau Claire County -A lot of shoreline anglers have been enjoying the mild temperatures. A crappie measuring almost 18 inches long was caught from a quarry pond at the end of Fuller Road - Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area. Some nice sized walleye at or above the 15 inch minimum size limit are being caught at the base of the Lake Altoona Dam and the Dells Hydro Dam. Archery deer hunters are seeing a lot of deer - buck rubs and scrapes are showing up near many hunting stands. A 14-year-old archery deer hunter used a grunt call to bring a 170 class 8-point buck within 10 yards of his portable tree stand. He used a compound bow to make a clean kill on county forest lands near the Eau Claire River. - Scott Thiede, conservation warden, Eau Claire
Wisconsin Rapids DNR Service Center area
Buckhorn State Park - Waterfowl hunting and small game hunting have started in the Yellow River and Buckhorn Wildlife Areas. Fall Turkey will be in the Yellow River Wildlife Area. Bow hunting for deer is allowed in open areas of the state park and both wildlife areas and are in Central Forest, Public, Buck only. Small game hunting and trapping in the state park do not start until Nov. 15. Hunting maps are available online or at the park office. - Heather Wolf, park manager
Roche-A-Cri State Park - Roche-A-Cri State Park is a seasonal park and the main gate is now closed until early May. Camping is also closed for the year. There is access year round at the winter/prairie parking lot on Czech Avenue (south of the park entrance) to access the park in fall through spring. Hunting in the state park does not start until Nov. 15. - Heather Wolf, park manager