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Winter WonderlandFour Seasons of Fun

Can't-miss events

Winter videos

Especially for kids

EEK!, DNR's website for kids, is a great place to start to get your kids interested in winter activities, sights and sounds. Search for the topic you want or try these favorites:

Enjoy your winter favorites and try new ones

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.

Where to go on your own

Wisconsin's 15,081 lakes can provide fantastic skating and hockey, especially if you're willing to clear a little snow off. Always exercise caution, however, and follow these safety tips.

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!

Public lands
Private lands
  • Managed Forest Law
  • 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.

  • Stewardship-funded lands
  • 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.

Snowshoe, ski or hike by candlelight

Quick links to activities

Get snow condition reports

Know before you go! Check local snow and ice conditions before you head out to maximize your fun and safety.

Rent equipment

No skis, snowshoes or other equipment? No problem. Rent what you need at some of the public sites where these activities are available, or give local businesses your business!

  • Find rental locations at Wisconsin Tourism Department's by searching for the kind of rental equipment you need.
  1. Winter Wonderland - Published: Jan 10, 2013
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  3. Summer Swing - Published: Jun 21, 2013
  4. Fall Fun - Published: Aug 15, 2013