Wisconsin DNR Reports

Heavy rains wreaking havoc on Wisconsin waterways

The DNR says to check your local water conditions before boating or paddling, swimming or any water activity. (National Park Service)MADISON, Wis. — June storms packing heavy downpours have pushed lake and river levels into flood levels, tossed debris into waterways and accelerated currents statewide, prompting Wisconsin DNR officials to remind all water users to think safety by checking local…

Illinois woman dies from fall at Devil’s Lake State Park

Devil’s Lake State Park. (Wisconsin DNR)SAUK COUNTY, Wis. — An Illinois woman died Wednesday, March 28 from a fall while rope climbing on the East Bluff at Devil’s Lake State Park in Sauk County, according to Lt. Mike Green of the DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement. Green said the victim was identified by local authorities as Savannah Buik, 22, of Chicago….

Several notable changes proposed for 2018 Wisconsin waterfowl hunting season

A new proposal has the North Zone duck season opening on Sept. 29, which is a week later than previous seasons.MADISON — The Wisconsin DNR noted its proposed waterfowl hunting season structure and information regarding feedback during March meetings and via written comment in a news release Wednesday, March 7. Notable changes in 2018 compared to past proposals: North Zone duck…

New pricing structure set to go into effect at Wisconsin State Park System

(Wisconsin DNR)MADISON — A new demand-based pricing structure for Wisconsin State Park System properties will go into effect on Feb. 15 that is intended to encourage use and manage capacity while providing funds for property improvements that directly enhance visitor experiences, the Wisconsin DNR said in a news release Friday, Jan. 12. There will be no increase in the annual…

DNR assessment: State’s lakes and rivers remain healthy

MADISON, Wis. — The majority of Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers recently assessed by the state DNR received a good bill of health, continuing a trend of improved surface water quality across the state, according to a DNR news release Wednesday, Nov. 15. At the same time the DNR is working to identify new waterways to target for pollution reduction plans….

Efforts to aid monarch butterflies taking off in Wisconsin

MADISON — Wisconsin efforts to help conserve monarchs are taking off as the iconic butterflies fly to their wintering grounds in Mexico. The Wisconsin DNR recently learned its Natural Heritage Conservation program has won a $69,800 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to restore and enhance critical monarch butterfly habitat along the Mississippi River. The grant and matching…