Contact(s): Ann Freiwald, DNR property planner, 608-266-2132; Sawyer Briel, DNR communications, 608-282-5334
March 1, 2016
MADISON -- The draft master plan for the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway, including Tower Hill State Park, is now available for public review and comment through April 8, 2016.
The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway was established by the Wisconsin State Legislature in 1989, and consists of a 92-mile river corridor stretching from Prairie du Sac to the Mississippi River. It is one of the longest remaining stretches of free-flowing river in the Midwest.
The Riverway is rich in high quality habitats and rare plant and wildlife species and includes miles of meandering shoreline and sandbars, tall bluffs, backwater ponds, and acres of wetlands, prairie and forests. Recreational opportunities are diverse, and include canoeing, camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, wildlife watching and mushroom picking. The current master plan for the property was approved in 1988.
Tower Hill State Park is a 75 acre park located on the south shore of the lower Wisconsin River. The park has unique historical features as well as a carry-in launch, picnic area with an enclosed shelter, and small campground. This master plan includes management guidance for both Tower Hill State Park and the Riverway.
The revised plan maintains the range of recreational uses on the Riverway that people have enjoyed for decades while adding many enhancements and new facilities. The plan maintains and improves game habitat and hunting opportunities, particularly opportunities for deer, turkey and pheasant hunting. There will be improvements in hunter access, including opportunities for hunters with mobility issues. Fishing access for both shore and boat fishing will be improved at a number of locations up and down the Riverway. DNR managed river boat landings will receive improvements, often including day-use facilities.
The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Draft Master Plan & Environmental analysis [PDF] is available on the DNR website and physical copies are available for viewing during public hours at the Fitchburg DNR Service Center, Dodgeville DNR Service Center and the State Natural Resources Building and the following public libraries:
Two open sessions will be held at the following locations:
Each session will include a short presentation by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff at 5:45 p.m.