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Boaters should check with municipalities before heading to the launch ramp

April 21, 2020 by Beckie Gaskill

According to a recent Facebook post from the Department of Natural Resources, as of Thursday, April 16, the only DNR boat launches closed to the public are those in conjunction with state properties that have been closed. 

Last week Governor Tony Evers closed many state owned properties, mostly in the South Central and Southeast region of the state. The High Cliff State Park in the Northeast Region is also closed, meaning any boat launches on that property are also closed. Shoreline fishing on those properties is also closed to the public. A full list of closures in the southern parts of the state can be found on the DNR website.

Anglers and boaters looking to utilize boat landings and launches owned by other municipalities, such as towns or counties, should contact that municipality to determine whether the launch area is open to the public. Many municipalities will not be putting their piers or docks in until the Safer at Home order is lifted. Likewise, Clean Boats, Clean Waters volunteers will not be manning launch ramps until June at the earliest.

Beckie Gaskill may be reached via email at [email protected]

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