101 S Webster, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707
Phone: 608-267-2773 TDD: 711
DATE: June 21, 2013
SUBJECT: New Buckhorn State Park campground would be relocated under proposed variance
MADISON – A new campground at Buckhorn State Park would be moved closer to existing facilities such as the beach, boat launch and picnic areas, under a master plan variance that the Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments on through July 10.
Buckhorn State Park and two adjacent state wildlife areas cover more than 8,000-acres on a peninsula in the Castle Rock Flowage of the Wisconsin River southeast of Necedah in Juneau County.
The new campground had already been approved in the Buckhorn State Park master plan; however, the location originally proposed for the campground has been devastated by oak wilt, a disease that kills oak trees, and is no longer conducive for a high quality camping experience, according to Jeff Prey, a planner for the DNR Bureau of Parks and Recreation.
“Relocating the family campground to the site north of the day use area will provide more convenient access for campers to the day use area amenities and the flowage,” Prey said.
The new campground site is located within an area with a healthy mix of hardwood and evergreen canopy cover. The revised location also takes advantage of a former roadbed for access to the campground and will reduce the amount of development and congestion near the entrance station, where the campground was originally going to be located.
The new campground will include 60 family campsites, including 20 electrical sites, a pressurized water system, drinking fountains, a flush toilet and shower building, two pit toilet buildings for off season use, an outdoor shelter, and accessible playground equipment.
The number of campsites being developed under the proposed variance has been reduced from 80 to 60 in order to provide modern, yet rustic camping opportunities that maintain the quiet, natural camping experience currently offered at Buckhorn State Park. Reducing the number will increase campground privacy through increased campsite separation distances and vegetative screening at the new location.
The Buckhorn State Park master plan variance is available by searching the DNR website for “Buckhorn,” and then clicking on the link for the variance document. Comments for the draft variance can be submitted through July 10, 3013 and should be sent to to: Jeff Prey, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921,Madison, WI 53707-7921 or by email to Jeff.Prey@wisconsin.gov.
If the variance is approved construction of the campground will start July 2013 and conclude July 2014. The project would be being funded by $2.4 million award from the Nelson-Knowles Stewardship Program.