High Water On Rivers For Opening Of Fishing Season

Apr 29, 2014
Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company

The recent rain combined with runoff from the Northwoods means the Wisconsin River can be dangerous.

Peter Hanson with the Wisconsin Valley Improvement Association says that’s especially true near dams...


"We just ask that they watch what they’re doing, pay attention to their surroundings, listening for any warnings maybe that the dam is producing, whether it would be sirens, or staff that’s in the area. All of those large dams are all signed appropriately. They’ve got buoys out in front of the dams to keep boats away."

WVIC photo

What a difference a year makes. Last year, Wisconsin River reservoirs were very low due to the effects of an extended drought in the Northwoods. This year, with one exception, all the reservoirs feeding the river are full.

That word from Peter Hansen...the operations manager for Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company in Wausau...given the responsiblity for maintaining water flow on the state's largest river.

Last year several Northwoods reservoirs were well below full. But this year...