Flood damage leaves Myrick Park marsh trails closed

Myrick Park Marsh Trials
Flood damage closes marsh trails

La Crosse, WI (WXOW) – The intense flooding of the La Crosse River in late August continues to impact the Myrick Park marshes.

The main marsh trail was washed out by the floods, and the pavement left buckled across a 20-yard stretch.


Leftover damage has forced the city of La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department to close most of the trials through the end of 2018 in hopes of keeping visitors safe.

Myrick Park Marsh Trials
Walkers contemplate crossing washout

“We’ve signed the trails closed but at the end of the day, we’re counting on people to police themselves and not take risks. A lot of these trails are very dangerous at this point, and we just continue to urge people to stay off,” said Jay Odegaard, La Crosse Recreation and Park Facilities Superintendent.

With a long list of items destroyed, the cost of repairs is quickly rising as the city assesses what’s left.

Myrick Park Marsh Trials
Floods leave logs and washouts behind on Myrick Park marsh trails

“We lost whole sections. Concrete culverts, steel culverts, I mean this will be a major repair. Up into the tens of thousands of dollars just for some of the smaller fixes,” Odegaard estimated.

According to Odegaard, there are plans in the works to fix the damage left behind, but without funds allocated and readily available, it’s put the work at a temporary standstill.

Myrick Park Marsh Trials
Marsh trails severely buckle after August floods

He says several departments from the City of La Crosse are closely collaborating with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to find a solution for the trails as soon as possible.

Closed signs block Myrick Park marsh trails
Amber Meyer

Amber Meyer

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