Embrace the winter ! More than 45 percent of Wisconsinites 16 and older participate in snow- and ice-based winter activities. Learn about events and places to try your favorites or slide into a new outdoor activity.
Organized winter events
Structured events like candlelight skis, owl prowls and winter festivals provide an easy way to get kids outside -- and adults who need convincing they like winter.
DNR and other state and federal agencies own more than 4 million acres of land open to winter activities; county-owned forests add another 2 million acres and 1.5 million acres of privately owned land are open to some winter activities. Explore the options!
Search DNR-owned and managed lands by county, by proximity to a city, or by type of property.
Use our new mapping tool to find private lands open to cross country skiing, hiking and other activities under a tax-incentive program. Please contact the owner as a courtesy and to make sure you know exactly which acreage is open so you avoid trespassing.
Use the DNR-Managed Land mapping tool to explore 500,000 acres of land purchased by nonprofit conservation organizations using Knowles-Nelson Stewardship funds and open to the public. Once the tool is launched, click on the "more" button and check the Stewardship Grant box.