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Flood damage affects Pattison, Amnicon park visitors

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Floods in northwestern Wisconsin will result in some long-term closures at state properties.

Heavy rains across northwestern Wisconsin in mid-June is forcing the long-term closure of roads and other state facilities.

Water has begun receding, and state park and transportation officials have a better picture of repairs that will be needed at a number of properties. According to the National Weather Service, the area received 7 to 12 inches of rain from June 15 to June 18.

Portions of a dam washed out at Pattison State Park, about 13 miles south of Superior, closing Highway 35 that crossed the dam within the park. Wisconsin transportation and natural resource officials have been assessing the damage and beginning preparations for dam and road repair, which could take weeks.

As a result of the dam failure, Interfalls Lake within the park is being drawn down and the beach in the park is closed until further notice. Park trails and day-use areas also received significant damage and will remain closed until further notice. The campground remains open and access to view Little Manitou Falls is open but will require access from the south as access from the park is closed by road and trail. Observation areas for Big Manitou Falls are accessible by a temporary access bridge from the park.

Amnicon Falls State Park, about 7 miles east of Superior, is reopened but has some road and trail damage. The historic Horton covered bridge within the park is intact, but remains open to foot traffic only, as the road leading to the bridge was damaged and is closed to vehicle traffic until it can be repaired. A Civilian Conservation Corps bridge that leads to the park's island sustained significant damage and is closed until further notice.

The horse trail at Governor Knowles State Forest is closed, the beach and day-use area at Interstate State Park is closed, as is the south campground at Merrick State Park due to rising flood waters on the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers.

The Saunders Grade, Wild Rivers and Gandy Dancer state trails in Douglas County have significant washouts and are closed until further notice. The Tuscobia State Trail in southern Price County has a reroute in place due to washouts. Several canoe launches, picnic areas and day-use areas at Brule River State Forest remain under water and unusable. A bridge at the headwaters of the White River in the town of Delta is currently closed, closing access to the parking area and an artesian well on the property.

The public is asked to 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.

For updated information, go to “current conditions” at dnr.wi.gov.

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