Dam break in Roscommon County Michigan

A dam broke in Roscommon County Michigan, flooding a downstream creek and washing out roads. I am on the lookout for a map of the area, because I know that dried out flooded lands often yield good mushroom hunting.

Some news articles:

UPDATE: Roscommon Co. Dam Failure Impacts Clare Co. Roads, 9 and 10 News

As of noon on Tuesday, the Wraco Lodge Dam along Wolf Creek has given way and high waters are moving downstream toward Old 27 and US-127. Areas downstream of the dam should prepare for flooding.

Water may cover US-127 between mile markers 185 and 186.

Precautionary and preparedness actions should be taken along Town Line Creek, Wolf Creek and the Muskegon River.

Flash flood warning issued as Wraco Lodge Dam breaches, UP North Live

Several roads have been reported closed due to flooding potential. Including Old 27 from the Clare County line to Snowbowl Road, County Road 402 from Paddle Trail southward, Wraco Road and Rollway Road from Old 27 to Reserve Road, and Newaygo and Townline Roads from Wraco Road to Rollway Road.

It’s a fairly new (2012) dam. The Houghton Lake Resorter wrote about its construction in New dam to help keep Wraco Lake at proper level, DNR biologist says. From the photo caption:

DAM TO SET ‘PERMANENT WATER LEVEL’ (Left to right) Jake Wangler and Perry Dagle of Porath Contractors place boulders in the stream bed of Wolf Creek as they construct a dam at the outlet of Wraco Lake Aug. 28. Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Mark Boersen (right) said the dam will provide a “permanent water level” in the 200-acre lake, which he said would be about three feet lower than it was as construction of the dam continued. (Photo by Thomas Reznich)


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