Wisconsin Outdoor Report 7-7-2013

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Glacial Drumlin State Trail Sections of the trail remain closed as bridge repairs continue. The bridge over Koshkonong Creek bridge near the town of London is currently closed but work will tentatively be completed and the bridge open by July 3. From July 1-5, the bridge between Highway 18 and Pioneer Drive, near Sullivan, will be closed. The bridge will be available for the July 6-7 weekend. From July 22 through August 2, the bridge between Indian Point Road and Gramling Road will be closed (west of Dousman).

Lower Wisconsin State Riverway - We received several strong storms lately and there is damage throughout the Riverway. Many of the county highway departments are working on repairing the roadways and clearing debris. Some of the gravel roads leading to canoe launches have washout ruts, so please drive safely. All of the trails at Blackhawk Ridge have been mowed and cleared of fallen trees and should be in good condition. The water levels on June 27, at the Prairie Du Sac dam was 23,241 CFS. This is very high water levels and finding a sandbar to camp is going to be difficult. Please call 1-800-242-1077 for current river flow at the Prairie Du Sac Dam. Fishing reports have been mixed due to the high water. There has been some success at the Prairie Du Sac Dam catching sauger and white bass. Panfish have also been biting at Bakken’s pond. – Matt Seguin, property manager

Dodgeville DNR Service Center area

Grant CountyDue to the recent heavy rainfalls, all the rivers and streams in the area are at or above flood stage. The Mississippi River is on the rise at Cassville in excess of 15 feet with a normal level of 9 feet. Due to the recent heavy rainfalls boaters are advised to avoid the rivers due to the high levels, high volume river flows, and floating debris. Mississippi River level predictions call for the water levels to remain relatively steady at these levels for the next week. On a more positive note, the black and red raspberries are beginning to bear fruit. – Richard S. DeWitte, conservation warden, Cassville

Wyalusing State Park -The Wyalusing State Park boat landing is closed until further notice due to washouts on the road leading to the boat landing and high water. The Mississippi River is at flood stage in Prairie du Chien and is expected to crest on Friday, June 28. – Beverly Pozega, visitor services associate

Horicon DNR Service Center area

Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area – Come enjoy an educational and leisurely paddle at Horicon Marsh during the annual Paddle Horicon Marsh Event on Saturday, June 29. Visit www.horiconmarsh.org for more information. – Elizabeth Herzmann, natural resources educator

Fitchburg DNR Service Center area

Columbia County - Smallmouth bass and walleyes are picking up now that water is dropping slightly on the Wisconsin River below the dells . Panfish are decent on Mirror Lake and Lake Delton. – Michael Green, conservation warden, Poynette

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