June 18, 2021: Thunderstorms cause Tree Damage along Badger and Sugar River Trails

The DNR requests that Trail users use caution on the Trails after Thursday’s severe thunderstorms. A crew is working on clearing the down trees and the DNR asks trail users to be patient while they are chainsawing. If you see a crew chainsawing, please wait for them to let you know when it is safe to pass them. There have been many bikers who have kept on biking past the crews while they are chainsawing, which it is not safe either for the crew members or bikers.

Poisonous Plants along the Trails

photo of poison parsnip
  Poison Parsnip

Trail users should keep an eye out for both poison parsnip and poison ivy along the trails. Hikers and other users should avoid going off trail, as both plants appear most commonly on the sides of the trails.  The sap of poison parsnip is photo-toxic; coming into contact with any part of the plant in the presence of sunlight can cause severe, painful rashes and blisters to the affected skin.         

Image of poison ivy

Similarly, poison ivy will cause a persistent, widespread itchy red rash to anyone that comes into contact with its infamous three-leaf foliage.

Read: Five Poisonous Plants to Avoid in Wisconsin                                                                                                                                 

Poison Ivy

Stewart Tunnel Detour Routes on Badger Trail

Detours around Stewart tunnel on Badger Trail