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Former Badger Army Ammunition property now open for public recreation

General View of Badger Army Ammunition Plant near Baraboo, Wisconsin. (Photo from: Wikimedia Commons/US Government General Services Administration).
General View of Badger Army Ammunition Plant near Baraboo, Wisconsin. (Photo from: Wikimedia Commons/US Government General Services Administration).

BARABOO, WI (WTAQ) - A place where bombs and bullets were made for the U.S. military during the Vietnam War is now open for public recreation.

The Sauk-Prairie Recreation Area south of Baraboo will be open through May 27th -- and folks will be able to hike, bike, and ride horses and vehicles.

But the place is still being developed, so there are no road signs yet. That means you might get lost if you don't keep track of where you're going.

The Badger Army Ammunition plant operated on the property until 1975. A deconstruction project has been taking place since 2004.

Steve Schmelzer, the superintendent at nearby Devils Lake State Park, is overseeing the Badger property as well. He said the the would temporarily close May 28th, so piles of concrete from the old buildings can be consolidated.

The site is cut up into three areas. The DNR is close to finalizing a master plan for a 3,800 acre park. The Ho-Chunk Indian tribe has 1,500 acres. Over 2,000 acres are devoted to the USDA's Dairy Forage Research Center.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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