Published May 31, 2018 by the Central Office
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DNR Outdoor Report as of May 31, 2018
June 2-3 is Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin, which includes free admission to all Wisconsin State Park System properties. No state park admission stickers or trail passes are required. Many properties take advantage of this weekend to hold special events. Some highlights include Discovery Day at the Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine, with archery, t-shirt painting, a wildlife show, kayak demos, and more. This event concludes with a grand opening ceremony and dedication of a new outdoor amphitheater featuring live music and guest speakers. On Sunday, Willow River will host Art Along the Willow, featuring more than 40 art and craft vendors, kids activities and concessions. Kohler Andrae and Mirror Lake will host music concerts, and because it is also free fishing weekend, about a dozen fishing clinics and fishing activities will be held across the state, including a live fish aquarium at Peninsula State Park. Make it a free fun "fit" weekend! There's no better time to find a fresh and fun way to wellness. Try stand up paddle boarding for the first time, master a new hiking trail, or break out onto a new bike route. The choice is yours!
Flowers are in bloom as yellow and blue flags, false lily-of-the-valley, forget-me-nots and others boldly display their colors. Fronds are opening into ferns as the surroundings seem to get greener by the day. The woods are also full of newborn wildlife as reports are rolling in describing baby birds, turkey poults and numerous fawns. Wildlife are also grazing in the forests and fields and the banks and shores of area waterbodies are playing host to waterfowl.
Anglers on the Menominee reported success on walleye, crappie, northern pike and bass, as well as a couple musky. On the Oconto were similar reports, with pike, perch and channel catfish being mentioned by those off the boat launch. In Door County anglers are having consistent luck with bass, with many reporting upwards of 20. In Kewaunee, parties reported hitting limits on coho from the ramp and while they haven't made their way to Manitowoc piers yet, alewife are still around, as is the occasional brown trout.
Anglers targeting chinook and coho near Plymouth are still waiting for the bite to improve, while pressure in Port Washington this past weekend was at peak. Daily limits were reached consistently, with rainbow trout, coho and chinook all landed in abundance. A similar story was reported from the McKinley Ramp in Milwaukee County, with numerous limits reached for salmon, although more sporadic success for trout, despite some sightings of small schools of young swimming near the surface.
Weather looks to be sunny, with chances of thunderstorms for pieces of the state this weekend, and the temperature has eased off a little bit. All in all, it's looking like an excellent weekend to get out into Wisconsin's outdoors!
As we say goodbye to May bird migration is generally winding down as expected. Some straggling warblers will continue to move through over the next week, as will some of the later migrants like both cuckoo species, all the flycatchers, and various arctic-nesting shorebirds. Look for northbound flocks of cedar waxwings and common nighthawks, though spring flights of the latter are always smaller in magnitude than noted in fall. The first dickcissels, another very late migrant, were reported this week, though it's too early to tell if this year will rival the big numbers that infiltrated the state last year. Skywatchers may have noted large numbers of immature broad-winged hawks on the move and this may continue well into mid-June. In addition, "molt migrant" Canada geese were reported moving north in V-formations this week. These are non-breeding and failed-breeding birds headed to the resource-rich wetlands of Canada to molt (replace) their feathers.
With migration dwindling, breeding activity continues to increase. Now is the time to get involved in the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, a five-year statewide survey to document what species are nesting where. Observations may be reported anywhere in the state and more volunteers are needed, so learn more today! Some of the rare birds spotted this week included Hudsonian godwits at several locations, snowy egret in Fond du Lac County, glossy ibis and several white-faced ibises at Horicon Marsh, lark bunting in Portage, lingering snowy owl in Oconto, and a white-eyed vireo amid an impressive total of 7 Bell's vireos in Sauk. Find out what others are seeing and report your sightings to www.ebird.org/wi. Good birding!
- Ryan Brady, conservation biologist, Ashland
Upcoming State Natural Area Workday
Ridgeway Pine Relict Workday: Friday June 8 9 a.m.- noon - Ridgeway features towering cliffs of pine with northern plant species underneath and extensive oak savanna. Help the Friends of Ridgeway Pine Relict, Inc. care for this site by removing invasive plants and planting native plants. Workdays are once a month on the second Friday. We will be removing invasives by mowing, pulling, or spraying. No experience is necessary, you will be trained on site.
Bluff Creek Workday: Saturday June 9 9 a.m.-noon - Come see what's blooming and help volunteers during our Southern Kettle Moraine SNA workdays. Enjoy a short hike through the woods to a springs complex, then use sprayers to remove invasives or aspen girdling tools to remove aspen. This work will help promote native seedlings we have planted in the woodland and wetland plant communities. No skills needed you will be trained onsite.
Check the State Natural Areas Volunteer Program /topic/lands/naturalareas/volunteer.html page of the DNR website for details. - Jared Urban, conservation biologist, Dane. - Jared Urban, conservation biologist, Dane
Superior DNR Service Center area
Brule River State Forest - Flowers are in bloom! Forget-me-nots, wild strawberries, yellow flags, blue flags, and false lily-of-the-valley are a few of the species that are boldly displaying their flowers. The bright white or colored blooms are easily noticed against the green background of the forest floor and waterways. Other flowers, like wild ginger, are not so apparent unless you take the time to notice and know where to look.
The woods are full of new babies, too, in these early days of summer. We've been hearing reports of baby robins, turkey poults, goslings, and fawns.
This fawn was rescued by a member of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. A pregnant doe was hit by a car, and the fawn was born at the scene. She had a rough and jarring start to life, but appears to have only superficial injuries. The Officer transported the fawn to a wildlife rehabilitator. Hopefully she will make a quick and complete recovery. - Diane Gobin, visitor services associate
Amnicon Falls State Park - On June 2, Amnicon Falls State Park will host a Dragonfly Workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting at the picnic shelter. There will be a dragonfly talk and field outing, with loaner nets and ID books available. - Gervase Thompson, ranger
Pattison State Park - Pattison State Park had a great Memorial Day weekend. The weather was beautiful, the campground was full and a lot of people came out over the weekend to enjoy the waterfalls, hiking trails and swimming in Interfalls Lake. Also deciding to visit our park was a trumpeter swan who was spotted on Interfalls Lake, and a whitetail fawn that was camouflaged near the Beaver Hiking Trail. This weekend, June 2-3, is free fun weekend! Wisconsin residents and visitors can fish anywhere for free in Wisconsin. No license is needed -- this includes inland trout and Great Lakes trout and salmon fishing. No vehicle admission sticker is required for state parks and forests, and trail passes are not required for state trail use on these days. - Gervase Thompson, ranger
Park Falls DNR Service Center area
Flambeau River State Forest - The Flambeau River State Forest has a plethora of hunter/walking trails and some very beautiful scenic hiking and nature trails. If you choose to go to Lake of the Pines Nature trail or Little Falls/Slough Gundy Scenic Area, there are map containers on the entrance posts of the trails, just grab a map. When hiking Lake of the Pines, you can enter this trail at Lake of the Pines Landing or across from the registration station for the campground. The trail runs along the bluffs on the west bank of Lake of the Pines and into some rolling hills loaded with large white pines and hemlocks. This trail takes you past an ephemeral pond that is filled with croaking and peeping frogs. When hiking Little Falls/Slough Gundy be sure to read the signs carefully, and if you are able to traverse boulders and cross a rocky river bed, try crossing to Slough Gundy. Once across the river bed just follow the path and you will see some large white pines, cedars, hemlocks and also some unusual rock formations.
The South and North Fork are at a normal level for this time of year. There has been success fishing for small mouth bass on the river. It's such a joy to have spring here and all the pregnant wildlife and youngsters born daily. Elk cows and deer does are in their third trimester of pregnancy and we are viewing young of the year roadside or working out doing field work. Grazing wildlife is prevalent throughout the forest. Bears are out and about, and the evidence is around the dumpsters. Each waterhole seems to have some waterfowl in it. Robins, wood peckers, finches, indigo buntings, rose breasted grosbeaks, kingfishers, swallows, blue jays, grouse, woodcock, geese and sandhill cranes are just a few of the birds being viewed by area residents and Forest staff. Spring flowers are blooming. Bloodroot, trilliums, wood violets, marsh marigold, trout lilies, bellwort's, spring beauties and leaks and fronds are out, and the fronds are bursting out into ferns. So green, so fresh and new and beautiful. The Flambeau River is such a precious resource. Its banks are thriving with water and animal life. Nesting, playing of furbearers and a haven for ducks and geese.
Lake of the Pines Campground is open. Lake of the Pines is a very beautiful rustic, quiet and well-maintained campground. It is located on a bluff overlooking Lake of the Pines. Many of the sites are on the lake side where you can watch the early morning sunrise in the east. It has a very nice nature trail connected to the campgrounds where you can hike and explore the flora and fauna of the area. Lake of the Pines Campground has 6 sites available for first come first serve, the rest of the sites are reserve able. Connors Lake Campground is open for reservations. Connors Lake has 4 reservable electric sites. A number of the sites at Connors Lake Campground are located directly on Connors Lake and are also very well maintained. Both campgrounds offer a wonderful camping experience. If you are interested in reserving sites for 2018, Lake of the Pines Campground and Connors Lake Campground can be reserved by going on www.reserveamerica.com or calling 1-888-947-2757 to register. Both campgrounds are little gems. The weather forecast for the remainder of this week and weekend, according to the National Weather Service, indicates that Friday will be mostly sunny with a high of 70 and low of 49. Saturday, mostly sunny slight chance of t-storms, with a high of 74 and a low of 51. Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high of 71 and a low of 47. It sounds like an awesome weekend for camping. Be safe, and come see us at the Flambeau!
- Diane Stowell, forestry technician advanced and visitor services associate
Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report
Marinette County - Fewer anglers were out on the Menominee River this past week in part due to the cooler air temperatures, however some anglers were still having successful trips. The water temperatures on the Menominee ranged from 62-68 degrees over this past week. At the Boom Landing ramp anglers were reporting success catching 16-23 inch walleye throughout the week. Anglers also reported success catching crappie, northern pike, rock bass, and smallmouth bass. Fishing pressure has remained steady over the past week at the Mystery Ship Ramp. Anglers were having some success catching catfish, northern pike, and walleye. A couple anglers reported catching a muskellunge this week. A moderate amount of fishing pressure was observed at the Ann Arbor Ramp this past week. Anglers were having success catching northern pike, smallmouth bass and walleye. Anglers did not report having much success on the shore of Stephenson Island this past week. Fishing pressure remained low this week. Fishing pressure on the Peshtigo River was more concentrated on the river mouth area over the past week. The water temperatures ranged from 72-75 degrees over the weekend. Fishing pressure is low along at the Peshtigo dam area. Anglers were catching some suckers and smallmouth bass this week. Fishing pressure has fairly low this week. Anglers were having success catching bluegill, northern pike, and smallmouth bass at the Peshtigo Municipal Garage Ramp. Good fishing pressure was observed at the Peshtigo river mouth ramp over the last week. Anglers were having success catching northern pike, smallmouth bass, and walleye this week. A couple anglers did report catching a muskellunge this week at the mouth of the Peshtigo River. Anglers were having success catching northern pike and walleye this week at the Klingsborn's Ramp. - Ben Olsen, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Oconto County - Anglers found success catching walleye, smallmouth, northern pike, and perch over the weekend and Memorial Day on the Oconto River. The water temperatures for the Oconto ranged from 67-78 degrees over the weekend. Fishing pressure has remained good at the Oconto Park II area this week. Anglers were reporting success catching some northern pike, perch, smallmouth bass, and walleye over the weekend. Anglers on the pier were having a lot of success catching northern pike, perch, and smallmouth bass this week at the Oconto Breakwater Harbor Area. Anglers using the boat launch were reporting success catching channel catfish, northern pike, perch, smallmouth bass, and walleye. Fishing pressure was high this week out of Pensaukee. Anglers were reporting success catching northern pike, perch, and walleye. Walleye were being caught at depths between 12 and 18 feet deep. While fishing pressure has decreased over the last few weeks at the Stiles Dam and Iron Bridge Area, a handful of anglers were reporting success catching crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, and suckers week. Fishing pressure was overall relatively low over this week. - Ben Olsen, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Many walleyes were being harvested out of Geano Beach with most boats putting between 4-8 fish on ice. There were also a few bonus yellow perch being caught with a few getting close to 12 inches. - Adam Garlie, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Brown County - At the beginning of the week most of the effort was placed toward trolling for walleyes with all boats catching a few fish. Most boats harvested at least 3 fish with many catching limits. Anglers are starting to transition over to crawler harnesses but flicker shad/minnow is still proving successful for some. As the week progressed and the water warmed more bow fishermen took to the water in search of carp. The average boat shot between 30-40 fish for 4 hours on the water. By Saturday the lot was near full with pleasure boaters and Muskie anglers hitting the water. Many in search of the fish of 10,000 casts came home with their nets never touching the water. Over the weekend muskies became the fish of choice for anglers. Despite the effort only two fish were caught. The lot was near full with either muskies anglers or pleasure boaters the entire holiday weekend. There were a few trailers in the Fairgrounds lot over the past week. Over the weekend the parking lot was full but only pleasure boaters were observed. Bow fishing was the method of choice over the past week at Duck Creek with the average being between 20-30 fish for a few hours on the water. There were also a good number of kayakers out on Duck Creek over the weekend. At Suamico most anglers were out fishing for walleye with all boats netting a few for half a day on the water. Around 1-5 boats found themselves catching their limit within a few hours. There were more smaller fish being caught compared to previous weeks. While trolling anglers also caught northern pike, freshwater drum, and catfish. The parking lot was half full during the week and overflowing during the weekend. - Adam Garlie, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Most boaters are harvesting their limit of walleyes or close to it at Bayshore, with most groups of anglers (2-3 people) catching around 20 walleyes total from sunrise to 1 p.m. Many fish that are being caught have been undersize for harvesting but those that are being harvested are mid teens to low twenties. Most fish were caught using flicker shad/minnow. Shore anglers were catching very few fish but did catch a few northern pike. With it being memorial weekend and beautiful weather the lot was at capacity. - Megan Radtke, fisheries technician, Green Bay
Door County - Little Sturgeon Bay bass fishing has been increasingly getting better with many anglers catching in the upwards of 20 bass. Most anglers said they hit best in the early morning and quit biting shortly after 10am. A few walleye and muskellunge boaters were out but all were unsuccessful. The lot was full this weekend due to the long weekend and hot weather resulting in very few parking spots left even in overflow parking. Similar to Little Sturgeon the bass bite at Sawyer Harbor has been getting better but fewer fish were caught. Many anglers had stated that they seen plenty in the shallows but were uninterested in biting. Those that were successful in catching some bass were using tubes to get them to hit. No interviews were taken of walleye anglers. Those that were shore fishing were unsuccessful. - Megan Radtke, fisheries technician, Green Bay
The Sturgeon Bay City shore had calm waters early in the week and overcast skies. Friday's heavy winds kept most folks in. Light fishing pressure was had early in the week out of the Sturgeon Bay ramp, but by late weekend ramped up to a full lot most days. Folks were out catching walleye with water temperatures reported at 50-52 degrees. Winds calmed down mid week with the water closer to 60 degrees and as high as 70 degrees in some spots during the weekends heat wave. Sturgeon Bay pier was very windy early in the week, and windy in general. Great visibility was had some days with clear sight of large schools of minnows and the occasional carp. Fog was picking up heavier in this area. Stone Quarry ramp had high pressure most of the week and onto the weekend. Folks were catching loads of small mouth bass, walleyes, and the occasional northern pike and lake whitefish. Water temps were 56-60 degrees mid-week. Visiting anglers kept the Stone Quarry shore busy with high turnover but low density during Memorial Day Weekend. Good luck was had on smallmouth bass for folks casting out with swimmer baits or live minnows. Friday had heavy winds with many of the currents typically picking up closer to sunset. - Aeden White, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay
Memorial Day weekend was busy with many anglers out in search of smallmouth. Action from shore was decent with most anglers catching a few bass on worms or small plastics. Most all piers and marinas are producing fish. Anderson Pier in Ephraim is the most popular. Most fish seem to be the small males moving in to find a nesting site. The ramps have been busy as well. The parking lots at Egg Harbor, Nicolet Bay and Sister Bay ramps were full on Saturday and Sunday, the majority being bass anglers. Most are doing well catching 25+ bass per outing. The bass are still in prespawn patterns in most areas with a few reports of bedded bass in some warmer areas. Water temps range from the low 50s to low 60s depending on wind direction and location. There has been almost no fishing pressure in Gills Rock but bass can be seen cruising the marina. Rowleys Bay was packed with bass fishermen over the weekend and most did well catching 30+ bass in Rowleys Bay and up the Mink River. Bass are on beds in the Mink and starting to get on the beds around the bay. Water temps have been holding in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Little to no fishing pressure out of Baileys Harbor over the weekend since the marina is being dredged and salmon action has not picked up yet. - Ben Thome, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay
Kewaunee County - There were reports on a couple parties limiting out on cohos were had coming from this ramp. Many of the salmon will begin to appear south and move north as the season progresses. King salmon were spotted in Two Rivers, lake trout in Kewaunee, and some more coho in Port Washington. Morning shore water temperatures (30-50ft deep) were reported at 50-52 degrees. The deeper waters held 48 degrees, while in the afternoon the shore could reach 60 degrees. The Algoma ramp was empty early week with many anglers choosing Door County after getting skunked. The waters were fairly calm with warm temperatures mid and late week. Folks have begun to fish for crappie at the Algoma Shoreline and pier. Many are waiting for perch season to open.- Aeden White, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay
Manitowoc County - Anglers are still catching a brown trout periodically. Depths that brown trout were found in ranged from 35 to 80 feet, with fish being caught on green and Silver spoons. No reports of cohos yet, although they should start to show up with this warmer weather. Fishing pressure has been low at the Manitowoc Piers with very few fish to show. The alewifes are still in the harbor and around the piers. Northern Pike Fishing has been decent over the past week at the Manitowoc Harbor with fish being caught on variety of baits. Throwing spoons seemed like the best method. Some anglers are still trying for catfish with little results. Few anglers have tired their hands at going for cohos and kings out of Two Rivers with no success. It seems like Lake trout are about the only fish that have been caught on a regular basis. With most of those fish being caught up by the Two Creeks power plant. Water temps are in the around 46-49 degrees. Anglers fishing on the Two Rivers piers have not had much luck this past week. Fishing pressure was low. Northern Pike have been caught once in awhile throughout the Harbor this week. Fire tiger spoons were doing well. Bullheads are still being caught across from the coast guard station. - Cody Flavion, fisheries technician, Mishicot
Peshtigo DNR Service Center area
Marinette County - Fawns are being born, farmers are cutting hay and bucks have begun to grow their antlers. Panfishing has been decent with fish beginning to move into shallow water. Turkey season is now officially over but many hunters had successful last season hunts with birds still gobbling during the day. Early spring ephemerals are nearing the end of their blooming cycle. Garlic mustard has bloomed and begun to seed. Be on the lookout for this white flowered invasive biennial when walking in shaded woods. Morel season has been poor so far this year but there is still a little time to find a meal or two. This weekend is the 'Great Wisconsin Bat Count' where volunteers identify bat roosts and sit outside the roost entrance in the evening to count the bats as they emerge just after sunset, and for the next 40 minutes or so. To learn more and enter your counts, search "Wisconsin Bat Program" Spring prescribed burn season is winding down now, but not before 65 acres of Athelstane Barrens was managed using fire. The burn unit lies directly adjacent to the ATV trail (just north of Eagle River Road park-n-ride) so if you're riding the trails this weekend check out the results of the burn. Lake Noquebay north shore boat landing has been improved and now has a new accessible floating boarding dock. A new accessible floating fishing pier is scheduled to be installed in the next few weeks to add even more recreational opportunities. - Aaron McCullough, wildlife technician, Wausaukee
Oconto County - Currently ATV trails are all open and in good conditions throughout Oconto County. I have not received any great fishing reports besides perch and walleye being caught on Green Bay. I've started to observe fawns and other little babies being born. Be careful mowing lawns because they tend to hide in the tall grass. Plenty of animals are moving and with this warmer weather and rain the mosquitoes are terrible. Wear plenty of bug spray while outside. - Paul Hartrick, conservation warden, Oconto Falls
Sturgeon Bay DNR Service Center area
Potawatomi State Park - All trails are open to hiking. The suggested hiking trails are the Ice Age Trail or Hemlock Trail. Lots of spring flowers are blooming in the park and this is a great time to see trilliums. - Jaclyn Moeri, visitor services associate
Milwaukee DNR Service Center area
Southern Lake Michigan fisheries team report
Sheboygan County - Despite the beautiful weather, fishing pressure at the Sheboygan ramps was low. Those who did go out used flashers/flies in 50-150 feet of water, but had little luck landing any fish. Water temps are being recorded in the high 40s and low 50s. Alewives can be found in abundance throughout the harbor with many just below the surface. Anglers targeting coho and chinook salmon continue to have little luck; however, a few white fish and the occasional rainbow trout are being caught at the end of South pier. Anglers are having the most luck soaking alewives. - Jarrett Mapes, fisheries technician, Plymouth
Ozaukee County - Great weather and even better fishing made Port Washington the place to be over the holiday weekend. Pressure was extremely high this weekend and at times there were 50+ trailers in the marina parking lot along with others parked on adjacent roads. Plenty of daily bag limits were reached by anglers who fished 4-10 miles South of the harbor in 150-250 feet of water. Others had success directly East of the harbor in 120-180ft of water. Anglers targeting chinook and coho salmon used a variety of bait including dodgers, peanut flies, spoons, flickers, flasher/flies, but the most productive bait has been orange dodgers and green/gold or blue/green peanut flies. Rainbow trout, coho, and chinook salmon were caught in abundance and on average weighed 9.6lbs, 4.3lbs, and 15.5lbs, respectively. The largest fish measured was a chinook that was 39 inches and 26 pounds. Pressure on the piers was relatively light this weekend. Those who were fishing were primarily located on the North pier using alewives, spoons, and worms, all of which were unsuccessful at enticing a bite. - Jarrett Mapes, fisheries technician, Plymouth
Milwaukee County - Through Memorial Day weekend, early morning boaters have been launching from the McKinley Ramp between 5 and 7 a.m. with the lot filling quickly, causing the need and use of the overflow parking area. Anglers targeting chinook found success landing 11 - 15 pound fish in mostly 130 -150 feet of water. Favorite lures used included orange dodgers, peanut flies, or spoons. Anglers targeting coho salmon are reaching their limits landing fish between 2-4 pounds. in 80 -110 feet, others finding luck in 170 - 200 of water using a variety of flickers, dodgers, and flies. 10-12 lb. rainbow trout were also landed using flasher/flies in 60-100 feet of water. Most anglers reported fish hitting lines the top 50 feet of water or less, with rainbows and chinook being a little deeper. Alewives continue to be seen at the surface lakeside at the McKinley Pier. Anglers targeting salmon and trout both on the lakeside and harborside continue to have very little success. Only one 17 lb. Chinook salmon was caught before sunrise, lakeside, using alewives for bait. Afternoon anglers targeting rock bass found success harborside using live bait. Alewives continue to be seen at the surface near the mouth of the Milwaukee River and along the Summerfest grounds. Anglers targeting brown trout or coho salmon were observed by the Summerfest grounds, Lakeshore State Park and McKinley Shore, with little success using crank baits, spoons, artificial lures or minnows. The fish cleaning station for angler use at South Shore continues to be closed for maintenance. Very low fishing pressure occurred throughout the weekend from Jones Island through South Shore. Anglers targeting brown trout and salmon found little success. Along the shoreline at Jones Island, anglers have reported seeing small schools of young trout (less than 12 inches) swimming at the surface. Anglers targeting coho salmon and the occasional rainbow trout out of the South Shore Ramp are finding success using dodgers and flies in water up to 200 feet of water and reported fish hitting lines the top 30 feet of water or less. Morning and afternoon anglers heading out of Bender Park north or near the boils targeting coho salmon found success in 20 - 40 feet of water using a variety of dodgers or flies. Morning anglers heading south or near the power plant found success with catching chinook, coho, rainbow and lake trout in 150-160 up to 220 feet of water using spoons, dodgers, flashers and peanut flies. Anglers in deeper water reported fish hitting lines top 30 feet of water or less, with lake trout and chinook being deeper.- Reni Rydlewicz, fisheries technician, Milwaukee
Wisconsin Rapids DNR Service Center area
Buckhorn State Park - Visitors were hiking, boating, and fishing over the weekend. Canoes, kayaks and bikes are available to rent. Ticks and mosquitoes are out so remember to use bug spray and check daily after being in the woods. People were escaping the heat and bugs by being near the water at the beach or out on the lake. There is a dog beach on Water St, west of the Buckhorn bridge. - Heather Wolf, park manager
Roche-A-Cri State Park - Visitors have been hiking, checking out the petroglyphs and seeing turkey vultures circling the mound. Campers were beating the heat by heading a mile down the road to the free beach at Friendship Lake and checking out Carter Creek in the park. Lupine is blooming out in the prairie. - Heather Wolf, park manager