Little Falls Dam to be replaced at Willow River State Park -

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  1. By Central Office March 18, 2016

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

    EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - The Department of Natural Resources has made a decision to replace the Little Falls dam at Willow River State Park. This decision will result in a refilled Little Falls Lake once the dam's reconstruction is complete.

    The department made this determination after reviewing the recommendation and background information presented in a final alternatives analysis for addressing the Little Falls dam, as well as considering the public input to the draft recommendations.

    Changes were made to the draft alternatives analysis in response to public comments and other updated information. The Little Falls Dam final alternatives analysis [PDF] can be found at the Little Falls Dam Project information page on the DNR website.

    In the weeks to come, the DNR project team will work with the Department of Administration to prepare the project request for consideration and approval at the State Building Commission. The state legislature has currently allocated $8 million for the project.

    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. 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 nearly 3,000-acre Willow River State Park is located in St. Croix County in northwestern Wisconsin, just northeast of the city of Hudson. The park is known for its panoramic river scenery, including the 100-foot wide and 45 foot high Willow Falls. For more information about the park, search the DNR website for keywords "Willow River."

    Last Revised: Friday, March 18, 2016