Published July 5, 2018 by the Central Office
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Nothing says "July is here" like popping a few freshly picked blueberries in your mouth while swatting at mosquitos. The Northwoods is reporting a good crop of both this year. Raspberries and June berries are ripening up, too. Wild cherry and service berries are also developing a good amount of fruit.
Heat has been the "hot" topic in Wisconsin with lots of boating and swimming activity on lakes and rivers. Area rivers still have good current and lots of people have been enjoying canoeing, kayaking and tubing.
The Flambeau River water levels are slightly higher than normal so the river is near perfect conditions for paddling. The water in the upper Wisconsin River has gone down and is beginning to drop on the lower Wisconsin with some sandbars beginning to pop up and more expected by the weekend, when the river is expected to drop to about 8,000 cubic feet per second from its current flow of 10,000 cfs.
Catches of walleye and catfish have been seen on Lake Poygon. Anglers are trolling and using a night crawler harness. Walleye fishing has been good on some Northwoods lakes with most fish found in 10-12 feet of water with bobber and leech. The water level in the Chippewa River has receded and is near the normal level. Muskies were being caught along the river from dams in Eau Claire and Altoona down to the Carryville.
Anglers have been reporting increased catches of walleye and perch over the last couple weeks at Oconto and the catch of walleye has been steadily increasing out of the Metro boat launch in Green Bay. The catch numbers for freshwater drum have also been decreasing as the week progressed
The smallmouth spawn is almost over in most areas of Door County with the exception of the northern most areas around Ellison Bay, Gills Rock and Washington Island. Anglers were still catching some nice fish from the piers but fewer fish have been caught than past weeks. Fishing has been picking up on perch and walleyes around Sturgeon Bay with many of the good bites coming from early in the morning.
Salmon fishing has been relatively slow on the big lake but some lucky anglers are coming in with good numbers of steelhead. Anglers who were targeting chinook are catching more rainbows and lakers than salmon. Farther south out of Milwaukee mostly coho, rainbow and lake trout with the occasional chinook continue to be landed.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced that the State Highway 35 Bridge at Pattison State Park reopened last Friday. There are still repairs being made to the dam under the bridge. Caution is needed when traveling in the park.
Spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities are peaking with younger eaglets fledging from their nests, loon chicks riding alongside of or on their parents, and song birds being seen in family groups. Some goslings are already half the size of their parents. Ruffed grouse broods are being seen with chicks about the size of golf balls. Turkey broods with but to 15 poults with two hens are being seen. The elk cows are moving into cow/calf groups for safety in numbers. Black bear sightings are becoming more common as they are moving around more due to the breeding season.
Eastern yellow swallowtails and monarchs are very active in Wisconsin. These warm and humid evenings have been perfect for watching fireflies, which have been abundant in many areas.
Orange hawkweed, oxeye daisy's, buttercups, bird foot trefoil, yarrow, joe- pye weed and butterfly milkweed dot roadsides and trails.
Young birds out and about, shorebirds start southbound migration
As June gives way to July, bird activity is transitioning as well. Singing activity is on the decline for many species as territories and pair bonds are well established and males spend more time helping to feed nestlings and recently-fledged young. Fledglings are becoming prevalent daily for nearly all species, especially our short-distance migrants that start the nesting cycle earlier but also some of our long-distance migrants like orioles, vireos, and various warblers. July is the peak month for observing family groups, meaning now is a great time to contribute to the volunteer-driven Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas project (www.wsobirds.org/atlas). These hot days of summer are also the perfect time to provide a water source for birds in the form of a bowl, running fountain, mister, or pond, and keep an eye on early fruit sources such as serviceberry for robins, waxwings, grosbeaks, and other frugivorous birds.
Believe it or not southbound "fall" migration is even underway as some adult shorebirds are now returning to wintering areas after a very short breeding season in the arctic. Some species reported this week included least and semipalmated sandpipers, lesser and greater yellowlegs, willets, and a few others. Expect numbers to build at flooded fields and mudflat throughout the month. Other signs of a waning nesting season including flocks of blackbirds and swallows starting to form. This week's rarest finds were a possible neotropic cormorant in Dodge County and an apparent black-billed magpie in Milwaukee. Good birding! - Ryan Brady, conservation biologist, Ashland
July 7, 9 a.m.-noon: Waubesa Wetlands Workday - Join the new volunteer effort to restore Waubesa Wetlands!Waubesa is known for its large, high quality wetlands and spring complexes. With increased prescribed burning and brush control DNR crews and volunteers have increased efforts to improve this site. This workday will focus on removing invasive sweet clover from a restored prairie and adjacent woods.
July 12, 9 a.m.-noon: Maiden Rock Bluff Workday - Get outside and enjoy the view! Join us for our monthly workday at Maiden Rock. Maiden Rock is known for peregrine falcons, 400 foot bluffs, and rare plants. But there are concerns; invasive brush and red cedar are invading the remnant bluff prairie and oak savanna. Recent work has really changed this site. We will continue that work by removing invasives and collecting seed on the flatter areas.
No skills needed you will be trained onsite. Check the State Natural Areas Volunteer Program 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 - Nothing says "July is here" like popping a few freshly picked blueberries in your mouth while swatting at mosquitos! We seem to have a good crop of both this year. Raspberries and June berries are ripening up, too. The weather this week has been a mixed bag--part of the week was warm and humid but last Sunday we saw rain all day and cool temperatures. Rain on the Fourth kept things cool in the morning, but by afternoon the sun was out and the weather had warmed up. The coming week looks sunny and warm, with a chance of some rain again early next week. These warm and humid evenings are perfect for watching fireflies! Even though yellow irises are a showy and beautiful flower, they are an invasive species.
Yellow iris can produce many seeds that can float from the parent plant, or plants can spread vegetatively via rhizome fragments. Once established it forms dense clumps or floating mats that can alter wildlife habitat and species diversity. All parts of this plant are poisonous, which results in fewer wildlife food sources in areas where it dominates. Dense areas of this plant may alter hydrology by trapping sediment. There is a project underway to remove yellow iris and invasive cattails at the mouth of Brule shoreline and wetlands area. The project is a joint effort between UW-Superior Lake Superior Research Institute and Wisconsin DNR. Last Friday, staff from the State Forest, DNR Water Resources Team and UWS LSRI spent the day manually removing these invasive species along the Brule shoreline. - Diane Gobin, visitor services associate
Amnicon Falls State Park - The campground and most trails and day use areas are open at Amnicon Falls State Park. There may be some trail washouts, so please use caution. The CCC bridge remains closed, and the road leading to the parking area near Horton Covered Bridge is closed to vehicle traffic, though it is open to foot travel. - Kevin Feind, property supervisor
Pattison State Park - The State Highway 35 Bridge at the park has reopened. There are still repairs being made to the dam under the bridge. Caution is needed when traveling in the park. Both Beaver and Little Manitou hiking trails have significant damage and are currently closed. There is a walking trail available from the park to get to the north side of Big Manitou Falls, utilizing the pedestrian tunnel. The beach is currently closed. Viewing access is available at Little Manitou Falls from the parking lot on Highway 35. The trails and beach will reopen after damage can be repaired. The campground, shelter and picnic area are open and we encourage visitors to stop by and see us. - Kevin Feind, property supervisor
Ashland DNR Service Center area
Iron County - Hot and humid. That's what you'll be hearing across the state this weekend. So what better way to escape the heat than to head to one of the many lakes in Iron County. Come explore the 14,000 acres of water within the Turtle Flambeau Flowage and spend the night on one of the 66 remote campsites. Mosquitos may be unbearable inland, but along the water's edge a nice breeze assists in combatting the weak fliers. Bring your fishing pole to put walleye, perch and crappies in your cast iron; they're biting! Spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities are peaking with younger eaglets fledging from their nests, loon chicks riding alongside of or on their parents, and song birds being seen in family groups. - Jenna Kosnicki, wildlife biologist, Mercer
Spooner DNR Service Center area
Eastern yellow swallowtails and monarchs are very active in northwest Wisconsin, fire flies are giving a spectacular show in the evening. Blackberries and wild raspberries are ripening and it will be a good crop due to the late winter that kept the plants from flowering too early allowing the blossoms to escape any late frost. Wild cherry and service berries are also developing a good amount of fruit. Wild rice is variable and is in both the floating leaf and upright stages. In areas that avoided recently heavy rains, the plants look to be doing extremely well. Early summer wild flowers are in full bloom and have really benefited from the periodic rains. Black bear sightings are becoming more common as they are moving around more due to the breeding season. Mosquitos have simmered down but the deer flies are really active especially during hot and humid days. Canoeing and kayaking activities are extremely enjoyable this time of year, even spotted some black terns over the weekend while paddling. Mike Zeckmeister, natural resources program manager, Spooner
Burnett County - Walleye fishing was good in Burnett with most fish found in 10-12 feet of water with bobber and leech. - Andy Paulious, wildlife biologist, Madison
Crex Meadows State Wildlife - It is an exciting time at Crex Meadows, as lots of young are being spotted around the property! Some goslings are already half the size of their parents, clutches of cygnets are popping up all over the area, sows with cubs are being seen in several different locations, and does with fawns are also making appearances in the Grantsburg Area. Also, be on the lookout for sandhill crane pairs with colts- they can be very difficult to find, but try driving past a few fields and you may get lucky. We are also seeing many American bittern on Crex recently. Try driving slowly down Main Dike Road near Dikes 3, 4&5, and you may even see more than one. Find the bald eagle nests on Phantom Lake Road and Abel Road and you may get to see the eaglets perched on the sides of the nests. Monarch butterflies are being seen throughout the prairies- even near the Visitor Center! Last week there were caterpillars munching on the milkweed leaves right outside our front door. And, of course, numerous wildflowers are blooming all over the Grantsburg Area. Try driving down Stolte Road on Fish Lake Wildlife Area for a particularly beautiful trip. There was an albino squirrel spotted at the rest area over the weekend. - Lauren Finch, wildlife educator
Park Falls DNR Service Center area
Flambeau River State Forest - The Flambeau River water levels are slightly higher than normal. The river is perfect for paddling. Bears are highly visible right now as it is their mating season. Many of this spring's youngsters are growing rapidly. Some loons, ducks, geese, grouse, birds of many varieties, mammals such as fox and bear cubs are getting to that adolescent stage. Mothers of many species, trying to keep them in line. Blooming plants are everywhere. Orange hawkweed, oxeye daisy's, buttercups, bird foot trefoil, and butterfly milkweed. The elk cows are moving into cow/calf groups for safety in numbers. Some nesters may have lost their nests in the flooding that had occurred. Some may re-nest, some may not. Strawberries are nearing the end of their season and blueberries are soon to ripen. The ATV/UTV trail system is in good condition on the Flambeau River State Forest. There is a segment on the Tuscobia Trail system, north of the Forest that is closed and a detour has been put in place. A construction detour east of Winter will be in place starting on July 9 and will be in effect until approximately August 15. Drive the trails with caution. The weather forecast for weekend calls for Friday to be sunny with a high of 80 and low of 55. Saturday, sunny with a high of 82 and a low of 62. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high of 82 and a low of 65. Be safe, and come see us at the Flambeau! - Diane Stowell, forestry technician advanced and visitor services associate
Woodruff DNR Service Center area
Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest - Summer is in full tilt in the forest. Birds and mammals are busy raising their young. Strawberries are ripe, blueberries are starting to get ripe...life is good if you are a berry picker! Water levels are very high in area lakes, so boaters please use caution. Water temperatures are great for swimming. Daisies, hawkweed, trefoil, yarrow, milkweed and joe- pye weed dot the area roadsides and trails. Bring along your bug repellent! It is a great time to be outside. - Rosalie Richter, visitor services associate
Antigo DNR Service Center area
Council Grounds State Park - The water in the Wisconsin River has gone down and Lake Alexander is a popular destination with the warm weather. We have had another sighting of a wood turtle among others. Visitors have reported several sightings of a small black bear in the park. - Sarah Gilbert, ranger
Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report
Marinette County - The water temperatures on the Menominee River ranged from 70-73 degrees over this past week. Fishing pressure was lower throughout this past week. Some anglers were having success catching crappie, catfish, northern pike, rock bass, walleye and smallmouth bass. Fishing pressure on the Peshtigo River was more concentrated on the river mouth area over the past week. The water temperatures ranged from 74-80 degrees over the weekend. Fishing pressure is low along at the Peshtigo dam area. Anglers were having success catching northern pike, walleye and smallmouth bass. - Ben Olsen, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Oconto County - It was a great weekend to get out and fish. Anglers have been reporting increased catches of walleye and perch over the last couple weeks. While the Oconto River rose by almost 2 feet over the past week, the river has started go back down. Over the past weekend, the water temperature for the Oconto river ranged from 74-78 degrees. Fishing pressure has remained good at the Oconto Park II area this week. Anglers were reporting success catching some perch, smallmouth bass, and walleye over the weekend. Anglers were having success catching perch using nightcrawlers at water depths between 5 and 10 feet. Anglers were having success catching walleye using crankbaits in water depths between 5 and 15 feet. Anglers on the pier were having some success catching catfish, northern pike, perch, and smallmouth bass this week. Anglers using the boat launch were reporting success catching channel catfish, northern pike, perch, smallmouth bass, and walleye. Walleye were being caught this week using purple and pink plastic worms. A good number of anglers used the Pensaukee River boat ramp this week. Anglers were reporting success catching northern pike, perch, and walleye. While fishing pressure decreased this week at the Stiles Dam and Iron Bridge Area, anglers were reporting success catching crappie, northern pike, and smallmouth bass. While fishing pressure was relatively low this week, a lot of folks were using the iron bridge area to launch kayaks this past weekend. - Ben Olsen, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Brown County - Over the past week the catch of walleye has been steadily increasing out of the Metro boat launch. At the beginning of the week anglers were lucky to catch a couple of fish for half a days worth of fishing. By the end most were harvesting at least half a dozen fish. The catch numbers for freshwater drum have also been decreasing as the week progressed. The majority of the boats out on the water were recreational. The anglers that were out caught a few smallmouth bass, a walleye, and a couple freshwater drum. Suamico and Geano beach remain the hot spots to fish or pleasure boat. At the beginning of the week the majority of the effort was placed toward walleye with the average boat catching 1-5 fish and taking home a couple. By the time the weekend hit more anglers were catching near limits. Anglers also caught a few freshwater drum and northern pike while out. There were also many pleasure boaters out trying to escape the heat and enjoy the water. - Adam Garlie, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Similar to last week the fishing has stayed slow at Bayshore Park with most boaters catching fewer than three walleyes per person and harvesting only a couple or no walleyes. Most walleyes were caught using flicker shad/minnow in a variety of colors at depths of 18-23 feet. Although walleyes have slowed down, yellow perch have started to show up with a few anglers harvesting 12-inch-plus perch, though few in numbers. Shore fishing has been slow with little to no fish caught by most anglers. - Megan Radtke, fisheries technician, Green Bay
Door County - The smallmouth spawn is almost over in most areas of Door County with the exception of the northern most areas around Ellison Bay, Gills Rock and Washington Island. Anglers were still catching some nice fish from the piers but fewer fish have been caught than past weeks. Strong winds most of the weekend made for below average fishing pressure at ramps around the peninsula. Wacky worms and other soft plastics seem to be the most productive. A few perch have been caught from some of the piers but in general action has been slow. The rock bass are up spawning in the marinas and have been a popular target. Most anglers out of Gills Rock are still targeting bass, not much salmon action that far north. Baileys harbor was producing lots of rainbow and some nice kings mid week but action was non-existent this weekend with strong south east winds blowing boats off the water. - Ben Thome, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay
Anglers fishing at Little Sturgeon Bay caught very few to no fish. Those that were out for muskies were unsuccessful. A few anglers harvested over a dozen perch, though small in size they caught well over a couple dozen. Sawyer Harbor fishing was slow all around with very few or no fish being caught but many kayakers were out enjoying the rays. - Megan Radtke, fisheries technician, Green Bay
Manitowoc County - Fish are being caught anywhere from 95 to 180 feet of water with majority of the fish being caught between 130-170 feet of water. Anglers were targeting anywhere from 75 feet down to running high lines along the surface. The morning bite is still doing slightly better than the evening bite. Hopefully things will continue to heat up for the Northeastern Wisconsin Great Lakes Sport Fisherman Salmon Derby that is being held at the Marina in Manitowoc Friday July 6 thru Sunday July 8. Fishing pressure at the Manitowoc Pier is continuing to increase, however the number of fish being caught has not. No chinooks were caught over the past week. People casting for chinooks ended up catching carp, catfish, and freshwater drum. The northern pike action has slowed down in the Manitowoc Harbor, but are stilling being caught once in a while. Yellow perch have been caught down by the marina on spinners while targeting northern pike. Smallmouth bass are starting to be caught in the harbor and up the Manitowoc River. The report for Two Rivers is nearly identical to the Manitowoc. It seems like those going North out of Two Rivers had more success, but not by much. White spoons as well as white dodgers with blue flies seemed to be the hot ticket. Brown trout were caught periodically this week off the north pier using spoons. Also, carp were caught while casting for either browns or salmon. - Cody Flavion, fisheries technician, Mishicot
Peshtigo DNR Service Center area
Governor Thompson State Park - Trails are open and mowed. Brown eyed Susan, ox-eye daisies, butterfly weed, and hawk weed are now blooming on the trails. We are seeing new fawns and mama turkeys with poults too. - Maggie Kailhofer, park manager
Sturgeon Bay DNR Service Center area
Door County - Door County missed out on a lot of the rain that other parts of the state had over the last week so things are very dry along the Door Peninsula. We have also had a lot of wind. If we don't get precipitation soon it's definitely going to affect the cherry and apple orchards along with natural fruits such as raspberries. Fire danger will likely be moving into the moderate stage so people having campfires or lighting off fireworks should be very cautious. There have also been more ticks showing up in the county than previous years so campers and outdoor enthusiast should use caution and have insect repellent on. Fishing has been picking up on perch and walleyes around Sturgeon Bay with many of the good bites coming from early in the morning. Salmon fishing has been relatively slow on the big lake but some lucky anglers are coming in with good numbers of steelhead. They are catching the steelhead or rainbows when fishing the top 50 feet of water in 240-450 feet of water. Looking for the temperature breaks has been key to putting numbers of fish in the boat. Like everywhere else, little ducks are out and about, gosslings are following their mothers around and baby fawns can be viewed with their mothers at certain times of the day. - Brandon Bastar, fisheries research vessel captain, Sturgeon Bay
Wautoma DNR Service Center area
Waupaca County - Saw my first ruffed grouse brood of the year--two chicks the size of golf balls. Also saw a brood of 15 turkey poults with two hens the same day. Deer are everywhere, including the little ones. Streams are near normal water levels but will be dropping as it is predicted to be hot and dry. If we get timely rains we should have a bumper crop of blackberries, the bushes are loaded right now. There are some ticks, deer flies and mosquitos but the numbers are tolerable. Have a good weekend. - Karl Kramer, wildlife technician, Wautoma
Catches of walleye and catfish have been seen on Lake Poygon. Anglers are trolling and using a night crawler harness. Heat has been the "hot" topic in Central Wisconsin. Lots of boating and swimming activity on lakes in the central portion of the State. Area rivers still have good current and lots of people have been enjoying kayaking and tubing. Please remember to bring your life jackets when enjoying these sports. - Ted Dremel, conservation warden, Wautoma
Waushara County - Waushara County has seen its share of heat over the last couple of weeks and the water is warming up. Fishing has tapered off slightly with the increase in temperatures and the unsteady weather fronts, but folks are still doing OK on area lakes. There does look to be some relief in the humidity coming this weekend so maybe set the alarm for a little earlier and get out and enjoy a little trout fishing, bass fishing this weekend, or even get out and do a little hike before the temperatures climb. The black cap raspberries are ripening now and should be perfect this weekend. Blackberries are still a ways off, but shouldn't be too much longer. I am seeing some good sized fawns out and about now so slow down in the evenings as they aren't very vehicle savvy! As always enjoy what Waushara County has to offer - even if it does need to be early or late with the heat! - Ben Mott, conservation warden, Wautoma
Milwaukee DNR Service Center area
Southern Lake Michigan fisheries team report
Sheboygan County - Boat fishing has been slow this week with no reports of limits being reached. Morning anglers are having some luck catching fish in 80-200 feet of water using flasher flies and blue spoons. Anglers who were targeting chinook are catching more rainbows and lakers than salmon. Fishing pressure earlier in the week was low, but increased as the week progressed. Fishing pressure on the piers this week was low despite some nice weekend weather. Anglers targeting salmon and trout are having little luck, but an angler reported catching a few brown trout in the 4-6 pound range off of the South pier early in the morning. - Jarrett Mapes, fisheries technician, Plymouth
Ozaukee County - Port Washington boaters continue to experience inconsistent fishing success. Fishing pressure was light at the start of the week, but increased significantly over the weekend. Morning anglers fishing in 100-200 feet of water tend to have more luck than those who were fishing in the afternoon and evening. Most anglers report using blue/green flasher flies, although others report success using blue and orange spoons. The largest fish weighed at the ramps this week was a 25.5 pound chinook salmon. Fishing pressure on the piers was light this week with trout and salmon anglers having little luck. Perch anglers are having some success fishing off of the North pier using green jigs. Most of the perch caught were in the 6-8 inch range, however some were 12 inches. Fly fishers targeting smallmouth bass with streamers are having luck off of the North pier (harbor side). - Jarrett Mapes, fisheries technician, Plymouth
Milwaukee County - Early morning boaters targeting salmon have been launching between 5 and 7 a.m. and continue to have more success catching limits than boaters launching in the afternoon. Mostly coho, rainbow and lake trout with the occasional chinook continue to be landed. Anglers reported fish hitting lines between 60-80 feet of water. Fishing depth ranged from 170-220 feet of water (most action around 200 -210 ). Favorite lures included a variety of dodgers/flies and spoons. Anglers also continue to see alewife bait balls throughout their fishing grounds. Small schools of smallmouth bass can be seen harborside and anglers targeting these fish found very little success using a variety of live or crankbaits. Anglers targeting salmon and trout both on the lakeside and harbor-side continue to be very hit or miss. Anglers trying their luck in the early morning hours (sometimes even before sunrise) landed a few rainbows and a brown trout using alewives. We are still awaiting the westerly winds to hopefully bring the salmon closer to shore. Low fishing pressure continues from McKinley Shore to Lakeshore State Park due to a mix of high heat/ humidity and Summerfest. Anglers targeting perch had little success using a variety of live bait including minnows and live worms. Most anglers that continue targeting panfish, landed rock bass using live bait along McKinley Shore (right before the turn into the marina and near the old Coast Guard station). Those few anglers trying their luck for trout, salmon,and bass had little success. Very low fishing pressure occurred throughout the weekend from Jones Island through South Shore. Anglers targeting trout and salmon found little success. Perch anglers were able to find a little action using minnows as bait, but were unable to reach their limits. The largest perch was over 1 lb. and measured slightly over 13 inches. Low fishing pressure continues at the Oak Creek Power Plant pier. Those few morning and afternoon anglers trying their luck using a variety of live bait and artificial lures found very little success in landing trout or salmon. Anglers that were targeting bass, panfish, or catfish also saw little action. The only fish caught was a white sucker that was thrown back. Anglers do report continuing to see schools of large carp.- Reni Rydlewicz, fisheries technician, Milwaukee
Racine County - Some anglers having luck casting spoons for browns from the Racine Pier. No salmon have been reported this week during survey times. Few perch have been caught close to the rocks. Water temp up to 64 degrees this weekend. Most boaters are having luck around 200 feet of water catching coho, lake trout and chinook. Most are trolling spoons and flasher flies in 30-40 feet of water. - Zack Feest, fisheries technician, Sturtevant
Kenosha County - Couple of anglers were catching perch from the Kenosha pier with the rising water temps. Most perch fisherman are using minnows or soft plastics with minnows being the most productive. No salmon or trout have been caught during reporting times. Water temp rose to 65 degrees. Boaters have been heading deeper to about 200 feet of water with the most success. Most are trolling coho rigs and spoons. Not too much luck this weekend with the hot temperatures most people out were pleasure boaters. A few coho and kings were reported caught. - Zack Feest, fisheries technician, Sturtevant
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway - Weekly Riverway Video Report - Pretty nice weekend in the forecast. The river is dropping and a few sandbars are starting to pop up. At Muscoda the flow was about 10,000 cfs. As river drops it should be near perfect conditions at about 8,000 cfs. - Mark Cupp, executive director Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board
Eau Claire DNR Service Center area
Eau Claire County -The water level in the Chippewa River (in Eau Claire County) has receded and is near the normal level. Muskies are being caught along the river from dams in Eau Claire and Altoona down to the Carryville boat launch. People spending time along the river need to prepare for poison ivy and an influx of mosquitos from the high water levels. Many young deer are being seen as well as ducklings and goslings. Ready-to-pick raspberries have been seen along roadways and walking/bike trails. With the hot weather people need to make sure they are prepared for a day on the water; make sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen. - Jake Bolks, conservation warden, Eau Claire
Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area - Raspberries are ripe for the picking along the trails especially at Hoffman Hills Recreation Area. Mosquitoes are quite thick after the recent rains so bring plenty of bug dope if out enjoying the trails. The second generation of monarchs are out with the blooming of common milkweed and butterfly weed. The Red Cedar and Chippewa River trails are in good shape altogether with no washouts and maintenance staff clearing up storm damage this week. Lots of fawns sightings, turkey and duck broods are also being seen on a regular basis. - Calvin Kunkel, ranger
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. Only a few mosquitoes at times with the hotter weather. There are two beaches, one inside the park and one across the bridge. There is starting to be some algae in the lake at times but it does move around because of the rivers so if a beach is green at one time of day it will clear out later. There is a dog beach on Water Street, west of the Buckhorn bridge. If reservable sites are full on weekends, there are six first come sites (4 drive-in A5, 103-105 and 2 walk-in tent only 34, 199) - Heather Wolf, park manager
Roche-A-Cri State Park - Visitors have been hiking, checking out the petroglyphs and seeing turkey vultures circling the mound. No food, drinks or pets are allowed on the stairway. Campers have been going a mile down the road to the free beach at Friendship Lake. - Heather Wolf, park manager