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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Free Fishing Weekend

Time: 12:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Activities: Fishing, Free Fishing Weekend
Location: Statewide

January 21-22 is the winter Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin. No fishing licenses required for the weekend, but all size and bag limits apply.


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Statewide information

All DNR park, forest, trail and recreation area properties.

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Mailing Address: 101 S. Webster St, PO Box 7921, Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7921

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Learn to Ice Fish

CANCELLED

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Fishing, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

This event has been cancelled due to poor ice conditions.


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Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit information

More than 22,000 acres of glacial hills, kettles, lakes, prairie restoration sites, pine woods and hardwood forests can be found in the Southern Unit, making this a popular area for a wide variety of visitors. The Forest is 30 miles long, extending from the village of Dousman, almost to the city of Whitewater. The forest headquarters is 3 miles west of the village of Eagle on State Highway 59.

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Mailing Address: S59 W36530 County ZZ, Dousman, Wisconsin 53118

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Capital Springs Winter Fun Day

CANCELLED

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Cross country ski, Fishing, Food, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills, Snowshoeing
Location: Capital Springs SRA

This event has been cancelled due to poor snow conditions and is planned to be rescheduled for later in February.


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Capital Springs SRA information

Just minutes from downtown Madison, Capital Springs State Park and Recreation Area and Dane County's Lake Farm Park, offer many recreation opportunities, including camping, hiking and skiing trails, picnicking, fishing, and a boat launch on Lake Waubesa. The Capital City State Trail connects Capital Springs and Lake Farm Park to the city of Madison.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mackenzie Center Snowshoe and Hike

CANCELLED

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: MacKenzie Center

This event has been cancelled for Jan. 22 due to poor trail conditions and has been rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 12 from 1-4 p.m.


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MacKenzie Center information

The MacKenzie Center, just 25 miles north of Madison, is one of the most diverse education centers in Wisconsin. With interpretive trails, exhibits, museums and programming available for school and youth groups, MacKenzie is a wonderful place to visit and learn about the natural world. The State Game Farm is connected to the MacKenzie Center and is adjacent to the arboretum on the western half of the property.

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Mailing Address: W7303 County Highway CS, Poynette, 53955

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Stories at the Marsh: Owls

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Nature study, Story time
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

For more information visit: www.horiconmarsh.org.


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Horicon Marsh Education Center information

Horicon Marsh has been formally recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention of the United Nations. This renowned marsh is now home to the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. The Wildlife Education Program has been conducted at the marsh since the mid-1980s. This program focuses on the abundant wildlife resources of the marsh, their ecology and applied management.

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Mailing Address: N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon, 53032

Friday, January 27, 2017

Annual Candlelight Ski and Hike Event

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Festivals, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Red Cedar ST

Cross-Country Ski the candlelit Red Cedar State Trail from the Depot to the lit ice wall. Snowshoe the candlelit trail in Riverside Park. Hike the candlelit Junction City Trail. All activities start at the Depot of the Red Cedar State Trail, Highway 29 West. Enjoy free hot chocolate provided by ConAgra/Swiss Miss. Door prizes provided by the Friends of the Red Cedar State Trail/Hoffman Hills. Bonfire will keep you warm. Depot will be open. Skis are required for the Red Cedar State Trail. Bring your own skis, or a limited number are available for rental at Stout Adventures- 715-232-5625. Bring your own snowshoes or use for free, snowshoes are generously provided by the Mayo Clinic Health System. Event sponsored by the Friends of the Red Cedar State Trail/Hoffman Hills, Wisconsin DNR (715-232-1242), ConAgra/Swiss Miss, and Mayo Clinic Health System. FRCST/HH website: redcedarhoffman.org.

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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Red Cedar ST information

This 14.5-mile rail trail shadows the steep walls of the Red Cedar Valley from Menomonie to its connection with the Chippewa River State Trail. Along its route, the trail passes through the communities of Irvington and Downsville and the Dunnville State Wildlife Area. The trail passes by prairies, marshland bottoms, forests and farmlands, including sandstone bluffs and other unique rock formations. In the Dunnville Wildlife Area, the Red Cedar trail connects to the Chippewa River State Trail.

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Mailing Address: 921 Brickyard Road, Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Get Outdoors! Learn to Cross-country Ski

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Cross country ski, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Dust off those cross-country skis and head to Zillmer to gain the skills to make cross-country skiing fun and safe. This program is best for people older than 10 years. Arrangements for ski rentals will be made for those who need skis. To register, call 920-533-8322 by January 26. Location: Zillmer Trails Area (off County Road SS between County Road G and Hwy 67 near New Prospect). Get Directions - Zillmer Trails.


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Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit information

The Kettle Moraine Northern Unit is comprised of about 30,000 acres stretching 30 miles across Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and Washington Counties. The forest is managed for multiple use, including recreation management, sustainable forest products, water quality and soil protection, terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, native biological diversity and aesthetics.

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Mailing Address: N1765 Highway G , Campbellsport, Wisconsin 53010

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Woodpeckers in Winter

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Birding, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Woodpeckers are wonderful! Find out how to attract and identify them. Learn how perfectly adapted they are and why they don't get headaches. Bring binoculars because we'll hike in search of woodpeckers too. Meet at the Visitor Center.


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Richard Bong SRA information

Once designated to be a jet fighter base, Richard Bong State Recreation Area is fittingly named after Major Richard I. Bong, a Poplar, WI native who was America's leading air ace during World War II. The air base was abandoned three days before concrete was to be poured for a 12,500-foot runway. Local citizens had the foresight to protect this open space for future generations.

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Mailing Address: 26313 Burlington Rd., Kansasville, Wisconsin 53139

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Seasonal Scavenger Hunt

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Outdoor activity, Scavenger hunt
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Back by popular demand! Families will receive a set of clues to go on a scavenger hunt. Each family will need to work as a team as they hike along the trails to complete this challenge! Some challenges require a GPS unit (provided by the Nature Center) and make sure to bring your camera! You'll receive a small prize for completing one of the challenges. Pick up your clues at the Nature Center.


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Devil's Lake SP information

Founded in 1911, Devil's Lake is the third oldest state park in Wisconsin, the largest, and the most visited. Devil's Lake offers magnificent views from 500-foot quartzite bluffs overlooking a 360-acre lake. Enjoy lakeshore picnic areas, sandy swimming beaches, 29 miles of hiking trails, or ease into the backcountry solitude. Devil's Lake is a beautiful year-round park with an intriguing natural history along the 1,000-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

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Mailing Address: S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913-9299

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Candlelight ski, hike and snowshoe

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Hike, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Hartman Creek SP

Come out and ski, hike or snowshoe by candlelight around Hartman Creek State Park! Start at the shelter by Hartman Lake, where fires and snacks will be waiting, and go around the lake and woods. A vehicle admission sticker is required. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Hartman Creek State Park.

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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Hartman Creek SP information

This 1,500-acre quiet and friendly natural gem is located near the beautiful spring-fed Chain O'Lakes. Camping, recreation opportunities, the Hellstad House Log Cabin, Whispering Pines day use area, and seven lakes with crystal clear waters make Hartman Creek a popular destination in central Wisconsin.

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Mailing Address: N2480 Hartman Creek Rd., Waupaca, Wisconsin 54981-9727

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Winter Candlelight Event

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Join the Friends of Whitefish Dunes and Park Staff for the Whitefish Dunes State Park annual winter candlelight ski, hike and snowshoe from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A 1.5-mile path will be lit with luminaires for the ski trail portion, and run along a segment of the Red Trail. The hiking/snowshoe portion will take place on a 1.5-mile section of the Black Trail. Pets and sleds are not allowed on the ski trail portion of this event. If snow conditions are not favorable for skiing on the trails, a candlelit hike will still take place. Refreshments will be available at the shelter building, as well as Friends merchandise at the nature center. A park sticker is required and can be purchased upon arrival.

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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Whitefish Dunes SP information

Whitefish Dunes State Park protects the fragile dune environment on the eastern Door County Peninsula. Stroll along Lake Michigan, watch waterfowl at Clark Lake, use the boardwalk to discover the wetlands or relax on one of the many trails throughout the forested sand dunes and beech forest. The park's nature center features year-round programs, exhibits and displays on ecology, geology and human history. Whitefish Dunes is a day-use park, there is no camping.

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Mailing Address: 3275 Clark Lake Road , Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Candlelight Ski and Hike

CANCELLED

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Point Beach SF

This event has been cancelled due to icy trail conditions.


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Point Beach SF information

Point Beach State Forest features 3,000 acres of land and six miles of sandy beach along the shores of Lake Michigan. Point Beach offers family campsites, two large group cabins and an outdoor group camp. A popular feature within the property is the Rawley Point Lighthouse, which has been operated and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard since 1853.

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Mailing Address: 9400 County Highway O, Two Rivers, Wisconsin 54241

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Candlelight Ski, Snowshoe, Hike and Fat Bike

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Stower Seven Lakes ST

Come and enjoy a winter night ski, snowshoe, hike or bike in the brilliance of a luminary-lit, nearly 2-mile trail. Luminaries will light the way from Soo Line Park in Amery west to County Highway C (4-miles round trip). Meet at the trailhead at Soo Line Park. After some good exercise you can enjoy some hot chocolate or hot apple cider furnished by Friends of the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail. Event will be rescheduled to 2/4/17 if there is inclement weather. Get Directions - Soo Line Park

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Ski, Snowshoe, Hike
  • 6-7:30 p.m. - Stargazing
  • 7-9 p.m. - Fat Bike

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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Stower Seven Lakes ST information

Built on a former railroad corridor, this 14-mile trail begins in Amery at Harriman Avenue, travels through the communities of Deronda, Wanderoos and Nye, ending about one mile from Dresser at 90th Avenue. The trail passes through maple and oak forests, wetlands, prairies and farmlands, and past many picturesque lakes. The trail crosses between the North Twin and South Twin lakes in Amery, skirts the south end of Bear Trap Lake, the north end of Kinney lake, and runs along Dwight, Horse and Lotus lakes near the western end.

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Mailing Address: 100 Polk Plaza #10, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Friends of Lapham Peak annual Candlelight Ski/Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Lapham Peak Unit

The Friends of Lapham Peak will host the annual Candlelight Ski/Hike will be held at the Homestead Hollow Picnic Area. Ski, snowshoe or hike by candlelight on a 1-mile trail. Afterwards, enjoy a camp fire, large grill will be available for use, or enjoy hot cider, hot cocoa and treats in Trecker Lodge for the cost of a donation. All uses are welcome even if there is skiable snow. Without snow it will still be held as a hike.
Parking inside of the property is limited to approximately 450 vehicles. A 2017 Wisconsin State Park annual vehicle admission sticker or a $5 Special Event vehicle admission fee is required per car. In addition to the vehicle admission, a parking voucher is required for each vehicle that wishes to attend the event. Vouchers are free and available first come, first served. Limit one per person. Park staff encourages people wishing to participate in the candlelight hike to pick up a voucher at the Lapham Peak office prior to 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 in order to ensure access to the event. Carpooling is encouraged. Office hours are generally noon to 7:45 p.m. daily. If you have any questions please visit the Friends of Lapham Peak website [exit DNR] or call the Lapham Peak Office at 262-646-3025.

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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Kettle Moraine SF - Lapham Peak Unit information

The Kettle Moraine and Lapham Peak were formed 10,000 years ago when a glacier covered much of Wisconsin. Lapham Peak's glaciated topography provides excellent hiking, backpacking, and cross-country skiing on lighted trails. Climb a 45-foot observation tower atop the highest point in Waukesha County (1,233 feet above sea level).

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Mailing Address: W329 N846 County C, Delafield, Wisconsin 53018

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Black River State Forest candlelight ski and snowshoe

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Black River SF

Join the Black River State Forest and the Black River Forest Trail Foundation for a night of skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and fun. A 1.5-mile ski trail and a 1-mile snowshoe/hiking trail will be lit with candle luminaries. Warm up around a large bonfire or in the heated shelter. Hot chocolate and hot dogs will be available for purchase. Meet at the Smrekar shelter located 4 miles east of Millston off County Road O. This event will still be held as a hike/snowshoe if there is not enough snow for skiing.

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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Black River SF information

The Black River State Forest offers many recreational opportunities, including camping, hunting, hiking, skiing and ATV riding. But the Department of Natural Resources also manages this property to meet a host of other objectives, including maintenance of wildlife habitat, native biological diversity, soil and water quality, aesthetics and timber production.

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Mailing Address: W10325 Highway 12, Black River, Wisconsin 54615

Note: Event dates and times are subject to change or cancellation. Please verify event status, dates and times prior to attendance.

Last revised: Wednesday, April 13, 2016