Flooding, storm damage close parts of state park sites

Flooding, storm damage close parts of state park sites

This week’s storms have flooded several state park and trail properties in west-central, southwest and south-central Wisconsin.

Beaches at Governor Dodge state park north of Dodgeville are closed, along with some boat landings and parking lots. Many trails, including all horse and biking trails, are closed through the weekend.

The Department of Natural Resources says crews are clearing fallen trees and limbs and repairing and assessing damage. The DNR says trails or portions of trails are closed at Blue Mound, Governor Nelson, Tower Hill, Governor Dodge, Wyalusing, Wildcat Mountain and Perrot state parks. The following state trails are also closed until conditions improve:Badger, Military Ridge, Sugar River, Elroy Sparta, the 400 and Great River.

The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office says Lake Neshonoc at West Salem is closed to all boat traffic because it has spilled its banks in some locations.

Gov. Scott Walker planned to tour flood damage in the Trempealeau County city of Arcadia and the village of Ontario in Vernon County Friday.