- By Dick Purinton –
According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website for state parks, “Rock Island will remain closed to all visitors through Thursday, May 27 to allow for repairs to the dock including dredging of the dock area. Reservation holders (for campsites) will be contacted directly and those scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, May 26 or Thursday May 27 will be given the opportunity to shorten their stay, to arrive on Friday, May 28.”
That opening date, too, will also be subject to obtaining the necessary state permit to allow for maintenance on the boathouse pier and dredging in the adjacent slip.
The pier’s surface is presently unsafe for the public. As it stands, a portion of the dock surface is covered with stones that washed up and over the dock during late fall storms, also filling the inside corner. One of several large concrete barriers shifted, and it’s buried beneath the stones. Safe mooring for boaters is therefore also a problem, and landings by the passenger ferry Karfi are unsafe due to the rubble, until dredging and dock work are completed. In the meantime, the state requests no boating activity at the Rock Island landing until construction is completed.
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