The state Department of Natural Resources' board has approved buying nearly 1,000 acres along the Chippewa River for $2 million.
The property is located just northeast of Durand in Dunn County in the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area. It includes 18,000 feet of shoreline on the river's south bank. Northern States Power Company, now known as Xcel Energy, has owned the land since the early 1970s.
The DNR board approved the purchase during a meeting Wednesday in Ashland. The sale is still subject to approval from the Legislature's finance committee and Gov. Scott Walker. DNR officials say the sale should close in September.