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Thursday, April 30, 2020

State Parks to Reopen Friday, May 1

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will reopen 34 state parks and forests on Friday, May 1 at the direction of Gov. Evers with special conditions:

Annual Park Sticker required: An annual park sticker and/or trail pass will be required to visit state parks and trails. They are available for purchase with credit card by phone 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. seven days a week by calling toll free: 1-888-305-0398. Annual passes are NOT available for purchase at individual properties. Visitors must have an annual admission sticker adhered to their vehicle or proof of purchase for entry. Once proof of purchase is shown, visitors must place proof of purchase on the dash of the windshield while parked within the boundary of the property. The 2020 annual vehicle admission sticker is valid through Dec. 31, 2020.

Hours: State parks and forests will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, a change from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Properties will be closed to the public every Wednesday for maintenance and upkeep.

Restrooms and Buildings will be closed. This includes the closure of restrooms on properties currently open to the public. All other facilities will remain closed, including towers, shelters, playgrounds, nature centers, headquarters, contact stations and concession buildings.

Special note: At times, many properties will likely reach their pre-determined safety capacity. When this happens, visitors may be denied entry to the park until existing visitors leave. Visitors are encouraged to explore other DNR recreation areas or visit during non-peak hours before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.

To see all the details on the reopening, click here.

Looking to get more interactive with your kids?!?!?  Be sure to check out the Wisconsin Explorer Program (Ages 3-12).  Make tracks to the nearest state park, forest, trail, or recreation area and ask for a free Wisconsin Explorer booklet(You can also download it for free). Inside you'll find nature activities, scavenger hunts, games, hikes, and crafts to help you explore Wisconsin's great outdoors together. Kids who complete the requirements will earn collectible state symbol patches.

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