Pearl Island Restoration Project
The Mill Race was built in 1863. Now in the residents of Brodhead and the surrounding area have the opportunity to make a vast number of improvements for hiking, biking, canoeing, tubing and fishing.
In November of 2012, Brodhead received a matching grant of about $350,000. That means we have to earn the money through the use of equipment, volunteer labor, donations or other matching grants. This is not a city project. This is a community project.
What are some of our plans?
Hiking, biking trail from Brodhead along the Mill race to Golf Course Road then connected to the Sugar River Trail and back to Brodhead.
A covered bridge across the Mill Race at Putnam Park
Fishing cribs to improve fishing
Restroom at the boat landing by the head gates
Nature trails between the Mill Race and Sugar River
Benches, picnic areas
Improved canoeing and tubing
What have we accomplished so far?
- Cleaning and clearing out the Mill Race (It is now safe to canoe and tube on)
- 3 new piers
- 3 information boards
- Some clearing along the Mill Race
What can you do?
- Volunteer to help on projects
- Donate use of equipment
- Financial donations
- Material donations
To volunteer or donate equipment contact: Jeff Peterson 897-2505, Rich Vogel 608/931-3512
To learn more or make a donation contact: Amber Foster 608/897-8607