Following is a statement from the
Water Control Structure Failure at Cadiz Springs State
Recreation Area Lowers Lake Levels at Beckman Lake
Contact(s): Brian Hefty, Deputy Bureau Director
Division of Fish, Wildlife & Parks - Parks and Recreation, 608-576-1403,
BROWNTOWN, Wis. - The water control structure
containing Beckman Lake at Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area has failed causing
the lake levels to drop significantly. Beckman Lake is a 63-acre lake with a
maximum depth of about 12 feet and is fed by Allen Creek.
Low lake levels were observed Friday evening and
reported to DNR program staff. Upon consultation with a department dam safety
engineer, it was determined that the tin whistle control structure had been
compromised. The exact cause of the failure is unknown due to passing water. Dam
safety engineers will be inspecting the structure to determine the exact cause of
The breach is controlled at this time and there is no
risk to public safety. The rate at which the water is flowing out of the lake is
consistent with a common summer rain storm or spring snow melt. Much of the water
will be absorbed by the wetlands surrounding the lake which consists of state and
private land. There is no public or private structure, developed land or
agriculture land at risk of flooding.
The property remains open to visitors however the
boat launch, fishing pier and beach will be closed until the structure can be
repaired or replaced. Visitors are advised not to access the impoundment due to
saturated and mucky soils.
DNR staff will be working in the coming days to
determine the exact cause of failure and any necessary repairs. The impound will
remain drawn down until repairs are made and the structure is safe.
Cadiz Springs State Recreation
Area is a day use area that
provides picnicking, hiking, hunting, fishing and wildlife watching
opportunities. Located in southwest Wisconsin's driftless area, the landscape is
uniquely different from the rest of the state. Here the bogs, marshes and many
lakes are replaced by rolling hills and valleys with spring-fed streams. There
is no camping at Cadiz Springs.
Last Revised: Friday, August 23, 2019
2019 Events at Cadiz!
Cleanup/Work Date at the
Park - this year's work day was a huge success! Here are
some pictures of all our great
September ??- Fall Picnic - Come join us in mid-September
for our annual pot luck, as we take a moment to recap our projects from 2019.
This event provides an opportunity to reflect on our successes from the past
year and discuss potential projects for next year. The event is a fun
way to join as a group to share in some good food and fun, and a great place
to take in the natural Fall beauty at Cadiz Springs State
We will be looking at some of the wooden bridges that may
be getting tired, and we are working with DNR staff on some maintenance
Anyone wishing to donate to these efforts can send their
donation to our PO Box 36, Browntown WI 53522. Since we are a
non-profit group, all donations are tax deductible and go almost entirely
toward improving the park. Stay tuned for news of our continued