The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has discontinued maintenance of a picnic area at the boat landing adjacent to Indian Mounds campground on Highway. 47.
In the past it has been used as a beach by the public and despite the discontinued maintenance, swimming will still be allowed at the boat landing and the vault toilets there will remain.
“People can certainly swim there if they want, but we don’t maintain any swim buoys, we don’t test the water. But it’s an open area. People can go there,” said Sara Pearson, a DNR property supervisor on the Northern Highland-American Legion state forest.
Pearson said the decision was made to stop maintaining that picnic area because of lack of use and to lighten the workload on the state forest.
“We have too many places to maintain on the state forest,” she said. “Plus, we did not see the use there to warrant our continued maintenance. Meaning there weren’t enough people there for us to continue doing the work there.”
There is a designated beach at Indian Mounds campground and that beach will continue to be maintained.
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