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Northwestern Wis. floods result in long-term closures at state properties

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SUPERIOR — Heavy rains across northwestern Wisconsin in mid-June will result in long-term closures of roads and other state facilities. According to the National Weather Service, the area received 7 to 12 inches of rain from June 15-18.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources:

Portions of a dam washed out at Pattison State Park, about 13 miles south of Superior, closing Highway 35. Dam and road repair could take weeks.

As a result of the dam failure, Intefalls Lake 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 Manateau Falls is open, but will require access from the south. Observation areas for Big Manateau Falls are accessible via 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 open to foot traffic only, as the road leading to the bridge was damaged and is closed to vehicle traffic. 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 because of 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 because of washouts. Several canoe launches, picnic areas and day-use areas at Brule River State Forest remain under water and are unusable. A bridge at the headwaters of the White River in the town of Delta is 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 additional and the most current information, follow Wisconsin DNR on social media or visit dnr.wi.gov and search for “Current Conditions.”

Photo courtesy DNR.

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