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Flood Control Structures

Vernon County Operates and maintains 22 large flood control dams in the Coon Creek, Bad Axe and West Fork Kickapoo watersheds. These important structures were built in partnership with local citizens, county government, State agencies, and the Federal Department of Agriculture from 1956 to 1987. The total cost of construction was nearly $9 million. What is important to remember, is that these dams protect nearly $8 million (1995 dollars) in private property, crops, roads and bridges from flash flooding each and every year. With annual maintenance and planning these dams will continue to function well into the future.

These dams provide auxiliary benefits including sediment reduction, wildlife habitat, and recreational man-made lakes that promote tourism and benefit the Vernon County Parks. More information can be found at: http://www.vernoncounty.org/LWCD/parks.htm

The photo below shows the top centerline of the Duck Egg Dam. The top of this dam is 76' above the valley floor.
DEDam
If you have any questions or would like more information on the Vernon County Dams, please contact Mark Erickson at 608.637.5483 or merickson@vernoncounty.org