ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, closed its Highland Ridge Campground at the Eau Galle Dam and Recreation Site, located in Spring Valley, Wis., last week due to excessive storm damage.
Last week, the park received more than 14 inches of heavy snowfall that resulted in excessive tree damage. The Corps is in the process of evaluating the number of damaged trees and will be working to restore the site’s safety. We anticipate reopening this portion of the park to campers later in the month.
Eau Galle Reservoir is a 150-acre impoundment surrounded by two day use areas, a beach, two boat launches, one campground and several miles of hiking and equestrian trails. It is located just north of Spring Valley, Wis., 50 miles east of the Twin Cities and 40 miles west of Eau Claire, Wis. There are electric, non-electric and walk-in tent campsites available. The foot trails provide a scenic and relaxing view of the woodlands and wetlands. These trails will lead you to a variety of places from picnic areas and playgrounds to a sandy beach and volleyball courts.
For more information about the Eau Galle Dam and Recreation site, see: http://www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/EauGalleRecreationArea.aspx.
To make camping reservations, see http://www.recreation.gov/.
The nearly 700 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2011 $175 million budget, nearly 2,800 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $271 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.