Following is a statement from the DNR:

Water Control Structure Failure at Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area Lowers Lake Levels at Beckman Lake

By  Central Office August 23, 2019

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 failure.

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 volunteers...



















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 Park.!




2019 Planned Projects 

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 work.


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 improvement efforts.




 The Playground is complete!  


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The playground is now complete!  Thank you to the Friends Of Cadiz Springs members who have worked so hard to make it possible! We appreciate the matching grant from the DNR’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund, the Alliant Energy Community Grant and recent donations from Powers Auction Service, Orchid Monroe LLC, Precision Drive & Control, and Brennans.  Please come out and see the latest addition to the park!