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High water levels impact Goose Island


STODDARD, Wis. (WXOW) – The weather may have been wonderful during the 4th of July weekend, but flooding waters condensed Wisconsin's largest county park, Goose Island, for one of their most popular weekends.

“Business has been a little slow and it's because of the weather,” Campground seasonal clerk Sue Lachman said. “We still have 140 campsites that cannot be used.”

It's getting hard to be a camper at Goose Island for many visitors. “The fishing isn't the greatest, we are kind of condensing the campers because a lot of the campers have to come real close to us,” seasonal camper Ann Gilbertson said. “I've had enough water. I like fishing, but this is a little more water than I need.”

Gilbertson said though she is “making it work”, because she said she knows there is nothing she can do about it. “We don't let a little water stop us. If we did, here in Wisconsin, as they say, 'wait ten minutes', weather will change.”

The campground though did their homework before the flooding had come. “We made sure that we watched our bookings we had arranged for the ones that were flooded out to hopefully get into another camp site,” Lachman said.

As a result, Goose Island was booked for the 4th of July. “People are resilient. It's camping, it's fun, it's summer. As we say, 'a lemonade out of lemons',” Lachman said.

Lachman said she believes people continue to enjoy themselves at Goose Island because there's nothing better than the great outdoors during the summer.


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