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Flooding, washouts close some parks and trails in northwestern Wisconsin

Published by Central Office June 19, 2018

Contact(s): Melissa Vanlanduyt, Wisconsin State Parks, 608-266-7617 or Paul Holtan, DNR Office of Communications, 608-267-7517

Many properties across the north unaffected and remain open

SUPERIOR, Wis. - Heavy rains across northwestern Wisconsin last weekend and early this week have flooded some roads and caused washouts on some highways, roads, state parks, forests and trails. According to the National Weather Service the area has received 7 to 12 inches of rain from Friday through Monday.

The dam forming Interfalls Lake at Pattison State Park washed out, taking out part of Highway 35 and closing the road.  - Photo credit: DNR
The dam forming Interfalls Lake at Pattison State Park washed out, taking out part of Highway 35 and closing the road. Photo credit: DNR

There are several Wisconsin State Park System property and portions of properties that are closed due to the rain and flooding in Douglas, Ashland, Bayfield, Iron, Burnett and Price counties. Amnicon Falls State Park, located about 7 miles east of Superior, is currently closed but is expected to reopen the afternoon of June 19. Pattison State Park about 13 miles south of Superior is open for camping only; all trails, observation areas, picnic and day-use areas are closed.

The arched bridge at Amnicon Falls State Park has so far survived the torrent of the raging Amnicon River. - Photo credit: DNR
The arched bridge at Pattison State Park has so far survived the torrent of the raging Amnicon River.Photo credit: DNR
The arched bridge at Amnicon Falls State Park has so far survived the torrent of the raging Amnicon River. - Photo credit: DNR
Big Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park was roaring on Sunday following all the rain.Photo credit: DNR

The Saunders Grade, Wild Rivers and Gandy Dancer state trails in Douglas County are currently closed. Several canoe launches, picnic areas and day-use areas at Brule River State Forest are under water and currently unusable. The St. Croix Family Campground at Governor Knowles State Forest will be closed at least until June 20. The bridge at the headwaters of the White River in the Town of Delta is currently closed. Portions of the Tuscobia Trail are also washed out in southern Price County; a reroute will be established soon.

The public is urged to use caution as they recreate in the coming days and weeks. People traveling in the area can check the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's 511 Wisconsin website for road closures and any available detours.

Do not attempt to travel on water covered trails and roads. Stay out of areas, roads and trails posted as closed. Keep a safe distance away from the edge of fast moving water, streams and rivers. Kayaking or canoeing in flood or high water conditions is extremely dangerous.

Conditions at properties in the counties and in the northwest part of the state are changing rapidly was water levels decrease in some areas and increase in other areas downstream. For additional and the most current information continue to follow Wisconsin DNR on social media as well as searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov for "Current Conditions."

Last Revised: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Contact information

For more information about news and media, contact:
James Dick
Director of Communications
608-267-2773