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April 12, 2011

MADISON - Council Grounds State Park and a portion of the Fox River State Trail have been closed to visitors as crews clear debris, complete damage assessments and make repairs after severe storms passed through the state on April 10.

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado moved through Marathon and Lincoln counties and another was confirmed in Winnebago and Outagamie counties. They were among 10 reported across the state.

Council Grounds State Park is located one mile west of Merrill in Lincoln County. The park will be closed for at least three to five days and maybe longer based on the damage assessment.

"We will work to reopen Council Grounds as soon as possible," said Dan Schuller DNR's director of state parks and trails. "We apologize for any inconvenience the closure may cause but visitor safety is always our first priority and we must be certain visitors will be safe when they visit the park."

The Fox River State Trail runs along the Fox River from Green Bay in Brown County south to Hilbert in Calumet County.

Brown County Facility and Park Management, which maintains the Fox River State Trail in Brown County, reports a section of the trail between Lasee Road and Wrightstown Road is closed until further notice. Heavy rains washed out a trail section and culvert near Lasee Road. Crews will conduct necessary repairs the week of April 18. Visitors should plan trail outings accordingly since there will be no marked detour routes.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Schuller (608) 266-2185.

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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