Former ammunition plant property now safe for visitors

Sauk Prairie Recreation Area
Sauk Prairie Recreation Area (Photo courtesy Wisconsin DNR)

BARABOO (AP) – Visitors are free to roam the former Badger Army Ammunition plant property for the first time since the 1940s.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will open the sprawling 7,500 acres of land adjacent to Devils Lake State Park each day of the week through May 27.

Most of the 1,500 buildings used to make bullets, bombs and rockets during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars have been removed. The property, south of Baraboo, is now called the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area.

The State Journal says visitors can drive, hike, bike or even ride a horse through the northern two-thirds of the recreational area and a small section on the southern end of the property.

On May 28th, the property will close so contractors can consolidate piles of concrete from the old buildings.

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