Alternatives for addressing Willow River State Park dam project available for public review...

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  1. By Central Office December 14, 2015

    Contact(s): Cameron Bump, Wisconsin State Parks, 715-839-2786

    EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - The public has an opportunity through Jan. 15, 2016 to review and comment on alternatives for addressing the Little Falls dam at Willow River State Park.

    Early in 2015, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources began the process of draining Little Falls Lake within the park after dam inspections raised serious questions as to the dam's structural integrity and the fact that the dam was not in compliance with state laws regulating high hazard dams. The lake drawdown began in June and was completed in October. A breach of the dam was needed to fully drain the lake and to not hold any water behind the dam during high flows.

    The department has prepared a draft analysis of the alternatives for the Little Falls dam project [PDF], and is seeking public opinion on two alternatives: remove and replace the dam or permanently remove the dam and restore the Willow River to its original streambank. The state legislature has currently allocated $8 million for the project.

    The public can review the draft Willow River State Park Little Falls dam alternatives analysis by searching the DNR website,, for "Willow River," and clicking on the link for "Little Falls Dam information."

    The public comment period for the draft alternatives is from December 15, 2015 to January 15, 2016.

    After the public comment period on the alternatives analysis has concluded, all comments will be reviewed and evaluated before the DNR provides a final recommendation for addressing the dam to the Department of Administration.

    Comments on the draft alternative analysis may be sent to Cameron Bump, park and recreation specialist, Wisconsin DNR, 1300 West Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701 or by email to [email protected].

    Last Revised: Monday, December 14, 2015