Wisconsin River flowage map to be unveiled in Stevens Point​

A new map that details the Stevens Point flowage north from the Clark Street Bridge to the Highway 10 overpass will aid recreational users of the Wisconsin River.

Created at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the map will be unveiled and distributed at an event on Thursday, May 15, at the Bukolt Park Lodge in Stevens Point. A social will begin at 4:30 p.m. UW-Stevens Point Chancellor Bernie Patterson will speak at 5 p.m. 

After the unveiling, 200 free copies of the 23 by 35-inch full-color map, valued at $10 and created on tear and water resistant paper, will be distributed. Register by e-mailing the number of attendees to GIS@uwsp.edu.

The Stevens Point Flowage Bathymetric map was created by students, faculty and staff at UW-Stevens Point’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center, part of the College of Letters and Science. Graduate student Christine Koeller was the project leader, with assistance from two faculty advisers, Douglas Miskowiak and Keith Rice of the GIS Center; two undergraduate researchers, Mason Johnson and Bryan Deegan; and community volunteer Nick Koeller. The project entailed 13 days on the river and three weeks of work in the GIS Center. It’s completion and unveiling is timely for several upcoming fishing tournaments on the flowage in the coming weeks. 

Several local businesses and organizations sponsored the project and will help distribute 6,000 free maps within the Stevens Point community in the coming year. Information on the bathymetric map project and a full list of sponsors is linked under “Research and Innovation” at www.uwsp.edu/cols-ap/GIS. The GIS Center hopes to create an interactive web map as the next phase of the project. 

“This map is a great resource for users of the Stevens Point flowage,” said Christine Koeller. “It shows information on public access, parks and recreational use, islands, channels and flowage depths. Even people who have lived in the community their whole life have been surprised at how much of the Wisconsin River is available for use according to the map.”

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