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Stewart Tunnel

Badger State Trail

Stewart Tunnel Closed Until Further Notice:
The DNR closed the Stewart Tunnel on the Badger State Trail in 2019 for safety concerns due to sections of loose and falling rocks from the ceiling and side walls inside the tunnel. The safety and well-being of trail users are of the utmost importance to the DNR. The DNR is committed to finding a path forward and is seeking public comment on the Draft Stewart Tunnel Alternatives Analysis. 
Stewart Tunnel Closed
The Stewart Tunnel has been closed since 2019.

Draft Stewart Tunnel Alternatives Analysis

The Draft Stewart Tunnel Alternatives Analysis explores alternatives and provides a recommendation for reopening the Stewart Tunnel section of the Badger State Trail. In December 2021, engineering firm GEI Consultants provided a Badger State Trail Stewart Tunnel Review of Alternatives Report for the Stewart Tunnel that analyzed nine different alternatives from an engineering standpoint. The DNR used the report as a starting point for analyzing various considerations. The Draft Alternatives Analysis will be finalized, and a recommendation will be made after stakeholder input is obtained.

Public Comments

The public is encouraged to submit written comments regarding the Draft Stewart Tunnel Alternatives Analysis using the below feedback form. Public comments are being accepted through June 1, 2022.

Stewart Tunnel Alternatives Analysis Feedback Form


Hardcopy written comments may also be submitted by June 1, 2022 to: 

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

C/O Sara Rigelman PR/6

101 S Webster St. P.O. Box 7921 Madison, WI 53707


Project contacts

Sara Rigelman
Recreation Liaison
Phone: 608-572-5007

Missy Vanlanduyt
Recreation Partnerships, External Relations and Communication Section Chief
Phone: 608 515-6006