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Pine River Dam and Flowage
Author: Wendy Gehlhoff
Source: press release

July 25, 2019

Let your Voice be heard!! Anyone who loves tubing the Oxbow, fishing or camping at the Pine River Flowage, healthy forest management and green energy, we need your help!!! Please attend a public open house next Tuesday, July 30th from 5pm -7pm at the Wild Rivers Interpretive Center lower level conference room at 5628 Forestry Drive, Florence, WI or comment online per link below.

The Wisconsin DNR just issued their final draft of a new 15-year Northeast Sands Regional Master Plan. The WDNR added content aimed at removing the green energy producing Pine River Dam which will eliminate the Pine River Flowage where many people have enjoyed fishing and camping since the dam was built in 1919. The dam was just rebuilt and is structurally sound for another 100 years.

The plan also suggests there may be future “use restrictions” on the popular Pine River Oxbow tubing trips. It also proposes changing forestry activates to “Old Growth” management on thousands of acres of state land in Florence County. This will reduce plant and animal diversity much like the Whisker Lake Wilderness. The complete plan can be read here.

The comment period is open through August 21, 2019. Please provide input using the online public input questionnaire. Or contact WDNR Head Planner Yoyi Steele at or 608-266-3568 with concerns and questions about the draft plan.

There is a 2nd open house on Wednesday, July 31 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in Crivitz at the Crivitz Community Center, Multi-purpose Room, 901 Main Avenue, Crivitz, WI.

Click here for meeting flyer »
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