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Free Fun Weekend at Wisconsin State Parks

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Updated: June 04, 2021 03:46 PM
Created: June 03, 2021 06:33 PM

Looking for something to do this weekend? The Department of Natural Resources is hosting the 9th annual Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin State Parks and other recreational areas on June 5 and 6. According to the DNR, Wisconsin is home to 49 state parks, 15 state forests, 44 state trails, 84,000 miles of rivers and streams.  Park admission fees, fishing licenses and trail passes will be waived for visitors all weekend.  Minnesota will have a free day at State Parks on Saturday, June 12.

The Wisconsin DNR provides some helpful things to know before heading out.

STATE PARKS

  • Admission stickers will not be required.
  • All state parks will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Drive-up windows, playgrounds, bathrooms and observation towers are open.
  • Stand-alone concession facilities are open to the public at 50% capacity.
  • Office buildings, visitor centers and nature centers remain closed until further notice.
  • Adaptive rental equipment at state park properties is unavailable until further notice.

Due to high demand, some properties may reach their pre-determined capacity limits. When this happens, properties will close until existing visitors leave, and capacity is reduced. 

TRAILS

  • Trail passes will not be required for both residents and non-residents.
  • All linear/rail trails will be open to the public, including ATV trails and horseback riding trails.

FISHING

  • Residents and non-residents will not be required to have a fishing license or trout/salmon stamps.
  • All 2021-2022 fishing regulations apply, including bag and length limits.
  • Due to COVID-19 precautions, loaner equipment will not be available. Anglers should bring their own equipment and bait.
  • Events such as fishing clinics have been canceled.
  • Locate launches and shorefishing access points near you.  

BOAT LAUNCHES

  • All DNR boat launches are open.
  • Boats must be registered, which can be done either online or via mail.
  • Minimize the spread of aquatic invasive species by removing plants and animals from boats before and after launching, draining all water from compartments, and never move live fish from any waterbody.

The DNR reminds residents and visitors to focus on safety. Always wear a life jacket when fishing from a boat, kayak, canoe or paddleboard.  Do not consume alcohol or drugs before or during an ATV ride or while operating a boat. Wear a helmet and protective clothing such as eye protection and long pants when operating or riding on an ATV. 

All children under 18 must have a minimum Department of Transportation standard motorcycle or ATV helmet. Remember, bicycle helmets are not legal.

Monitor the weather forecast, as conditions can change rapidly.  Visit the WDIO Storm Track Weather page at https://www.wdio.com/weather/ and the Interactive Radar.

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