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High water forces closure of parts of Merrick State Park


Fountain City, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Recent rains have caused the Department of Natural Resources to close parts of Merrick State Park.

The DNR said the recent rainfall has cause the Mississippi River to rise casing a safety hazard to parts of the park.

The south, group and island campgrounds will be closed.


 Based on U.S. Corps of Engineer projections, the river is at or about its crest and expected to remain there for about a week before it begins to recede. If no heavy rains fall, park staff hopes to reopen closed areas by mid-July.

Park staff has contacted all campers with reservations in the coming weeks. If you have questions about other campsite availability at the park, call Chris Lake, park ranger at 608-687-4936.

Merrick State Park is located in southwest Wisconsin, about 40 miles north of La Crosse.

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