Rising Waters Force SW Wis. State Park to Close Campgrounds

Posted at: 07/03/2013 9:53 AM
Updated at: 07/03/2013 9:54 AM

Canoeing at Merrick State Park
Canoeing at Merrick State Park
Photo: Wisconsin DNR photo

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin officials have decided to close several campgrounds at Merrick State Park as the Mississippi River rises.

The park is located adjacent to the Mississippi in southwestern Wisconsin about 40 miles north of La Crosse.

The Department of Natural Resources says the river is near or at its crest after a spate of recent rain and isn't expected to recede for a week or so. The agency decided as a precaution to close the south, group and island campgrounds at the park. The DNR hopes to re-open them by mid-July, barring more rain.

The park's north campground will remain open.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)