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Getting Out

Field Notes 6/29/18

Heavy rains cause closures

SUPERIOR — Heavy rains across northwestern Wisconsin in mid-June will result in some long-term closures of roads and other state facilities, state Department of Natural Resources officials said. 

Water has begun receding and state park and transportation officials have a better picture of repairs that will be needed at a number of properties. According to the National Weather Service, the region received 7 to 12 inches of rain from June 15-18.

Portions of a dam washed out at Pattison State Park, about 13 miles south of Superior, closing Highway 35 that crossed the dam within the park. State Department of Transportation and Natural Resources officials have been assessing the damage and beginning preparations for dam and road repairs, which could take weeks.

As a result of the dam failure, Intefalls Lake in the park is being drawn down and the beach in the park is closed until further notice, the DNR said. Park trails and day-use areas also received significant damage and will remain closed until further notice. 

The campground remains open and access to view Little Manateau Falls is open but will require access from the south as access from the park is closed via road and trail. 

Amnicon Falls State Park, about 7 miles east of Superior, is reopened but has road and trail damage. The horse trail at Governor Knowles State Forest near Grantsburg is closed, as are the beach at Interstate State Park near St. Croix Falls and the south campground at Merrick State Park near Fountain City. 

For more information about state park closures, visit the DNR website,, and search using keywords “current conditions.”

Student places in archery contest

MADISON — A Wisconsin youth archer from Cadott placed third at the National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament at Louisville, Ky., held June 7-9. 

Kaden Christianson was among the 4,967 student archers from 358 schools who competed at the 10th annual world tournament in the nation’s bluegrass state. Event organizers say more than 10,000 spectators also attended the student competitors.

Christianson became the first state student to win $10,000 for post-high school education at the awards ceremony. He shot a 296 for the bronze position and went on to compete in the scholarship shoot-off at the awards ceremony in which he faced eight other high school archers from across the country. 

To learn more about the National Archery in the Schools Program or other youth archery programs and opportunities, visit the DNR website,, and search using keyword “NASP.”

From staff reports

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