High water levels along County Highway N between Drummond and Barnes in Bayfield County have closed the highway between Hiatt Road to the west and Pigeon Lake Road to the east.

Closure began on Tuesday and is anticipated to last several weeks, a Bayfield County news release said. Waters rose with flooding in June of 2018. Pigeon Lake drains a large area and has no outlet. Bayfield County raised the eastern section of County Highway N by 2.5 feet in the fall of 2018 to address high water levels.

In the spring of 2019, waters remained high. Snow melt and rains over the past 30 days have raised water levels over 6 inches above the roadway in multiple sections making passage unsafe.

Water levels were anticipated to continue to rise. For eastbound traffic, detour routes are County Highway A north to Iron River, then east on U.S. 2 to Highway 63 and south to Drummond (approximately a 60-minute detour).

For westbound traffic, detour routes are Highway 63 north to U.S. 2, west to County Highway A in Iron River and south on County Highway A. (approximately a 60-minute detour).

Bayfield County said it is working to find shorter routes and a solution to the high water level. Detour route maps can be found at: www.bayfieldcounty.org under News Flash. For questions, please call Bayfield County Emergency Management at 715-292-4651.