Visitors to Wisconsin state parks, trails and forests this summer will find many repairs have been made to the nearly $8 million in damage to properties in a series of storms and flooding events that hit last summer.
They will also find that some of the properties that suffered the most severe damage will still have some closed areas while major repairs continue to be underway.
Between June and September last year, 32 state properties in 21 counties sustained nearly $8 million in damage due to rain, flooding and tornado events. Heavy rains across northwestern Wisconsin in June and again in August caused significant damage at Amnicon Falls and Pattison state parks, including the washing out of State Highway 35 above the dam at Pattison, which drained Interfalls Lake.
Amnicon Falls State Park is completely repaired and open. State Highway 35 over the dam at Pattison State Park was repaired and temporary repairs were made to the dam.
Interfalls Lake will remain drawn down until permanent repairs can be made to the dam, which are expected to be completed by late 2019 or early 2020.
The campground and access to both Big Manitou and Little Manitou waterfalls are open as well.
The Saunders State Trail in Douglas County will be closed for the summer due to flood damage; however, segments of the Gandy Dancer State Trail are expected to open throughout the summer.
Visit douglascountywi.org for the most current conditions.