Since its construction in 1937, Lower Mound Lake has been the only recreational water feature in Rock County. The lake was drained last summer after floodwaters washed out about 100 feet of the Lower Dam emergency spillway.
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Blue Mounds State Park received more than 11 inches of rain from June 14-17, 2014. Floodwaters and debris caused damage to many areas of the park, including roads, trails, bison fence and the spillway connected to the Lower Dam on Lower Mound Lake.
Floodwaters washed out washout of about 100 feet of the Lower Dam emergency spillway and drained Lower Mound Lake.
At the Upper Dam, the concrete cap and stones along the eastern spillway were moderately damaged.
Over the past year, the DNR has completed engineering studies, analyzed historic resource issues, identified potential economic and recreational impacts, and conducted biological surveys. Based on that information, two alternatives for the site have been developed.
The public is invited to provide input on those alternatives through Feb. 15, 2016. All input gathered will be considered by DNR leadership when making a final decision for the site.
The Topeka shiner is a federally endangered species of small minnow that lives in small-to-mid-sized prairie streams in the central United States.
Suitable streams have good water quality and cool to moderate temperatures. The Topeka shiner is found in parts of southwestern Minnesota, including Mound Creek.
Recent surveys for the Topeka shiner exist for Mound Creek only below the Lower Dam.
No, it doesn't. All other areas of the park are open.
Talk to anyone in the park office, or give us a call at 507-283-6050.