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Contact information
For information on the Recreation Opportunities Analysis project, contact:
Cameron Bump
park and recreation specialist
715-839-2786

 

Recreation opportunities analysis (ROA)

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' mission includes providing a healthy, sustainable environment in which a full range of outdoor opportunities may be enjoyed by all people. To that end, the DNR is embarking on a study, known as the Recreation Opportunities Analysis (ROA), of existing outdoor-based recreation opportunities and future recreation needs in each region of the state. The study will identify future needs for providing high-quality recreation experiences and the role of DNR properties in helping to meet those needs.

Public Input Update

The department has completed review of public input from the initial public input period for the Great Northwest and Upper Lake Michigan Coastal Regions. Draft chapters for each region are now available for public review through Friday October 27th.

At each open house there will be a presentation of the draft chapter at 5:30pm.

Great Northwest Region Draft [PDF]
Upper Lake Michigan Coastal Region Draft [PDF]

The department will be holding open houses to gather public input for both regions.

The Upper Lake Michigan Coastal Region open house will be in Green Bay (De Pere) on:
Tuesday Oct 17 from 4-7pm at the Brown County – Kress Family Branch Library 333 N Broadway, De Pere, WI 54115.

The Great Northwest Region open house will be in Rice Lake on:
Wednesday Oct 18 from 4-7pm at the City of Rice Lake municipal building 30 E. Eau Claire St, Rice Lake, WI 54868.

Comments are due by Friday October 27th and are also welcome by email or written letter sent to Cameron Bump (DNRroaComments@wisconsin.gov):

Cameron Bump
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
1300 West Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire WI 54701

New Regions to Study

We want to hear from you! If you are interested in providing your thoughts and experiences pertaining to outdoor recreation, please go to the links below and answer the questions for the respective regions (note: the deadline to respond to the online questionnaires is Friday November 17th at 11:59pm):

Lake Winnebago Waters Region [exit DNR]
Mississippi River Corridor Region [exit DNR]
Western Sands Region [exit DNR]

In addition the department is hosting several open houses for you to talk with staff and provide your input. The open house meetings will be held between 4PM and 7PM. These open houses are designed to gather public comments, ideas, concerns, and perspectives on the existing recreation opportunities available in these regions and future needs.

Open House Meetings for the Lake Winnebago Waters, Mississippi River Corridor, and Western Sands Regions:

Monday, October 23 – Eau Claire (Altoona)
Altoona River Prairie Center, 1445 Front Porch Place, Altoona, WI 54720

Tuesday, October 24 – Stevens Point
Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Ave, Stevens Point 54481

Wednesday, October 25 – La Crosse (Onalaska)
StoneyCreek Hotel & Conference Center, 3060 S. Kinney Coulee Rd, Onalaska 54650

Wednesday, November 1 – Appleton
Fox Valley Technical College – Bordini Center, 5 Systems Dr, Appleton, WI 54914

If you choose to complete the feedback form by hard copy, please mail this form to:

Lake Winnebago Waters Public Input Form [PDF]
Mississippi River Corridor Public Input Form [PDF]
Western Sands Public Input Form [PDF]
Cameron Bump
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
1300 West Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire WI 54701

The deadline for receiving your response is Friday November 17th at 11:59pm.

General Information

Goals

hunting the big buckThe goals of the Recreation Opportunities Analysis are to:

  • ensure that DNR resources are focused on providing recreational opportunities in the most appropriate places;
  • identify highest priority future recreational needs in each planning region and the department properties that are best suited to meet these priorities;
  • provide information on the full spectrum of outdoor recreation in each region to the department's master planning process, and further, provide information and guidance that enables the master planning process to identify which roads on DNR properties should be open to motorized vehicles;
  • use the best available information to identify existing recreation opportunities and future needs and priorities in each region of the state; and
  • ensure there is ample opportunity for public and stakeholder input in selecting priorities.
Products

UTV ridingOur analysis of recreation opportunities in Wisconsin will develop eight regional reports. These reports will describe existing recreation opportunities, future needs and priorities, and the potential role of state-owned lands in helping meet these priorities. The reports will provide guidance to the DNR's master planning process on a wide variety of recreation needs, including opportunities for incorporating motorized access.

Process

rock climingThe DNR will start by engaging representatives of statewide stakeholder groups from a variety of recreation interests. This group will help the DNR develop a set of recreation goals and objectives and develop criteria to identify appropriate locations for recreational activities. The criteria will include attributes and conditions needed to provide a high-quality recreational experience, identify the potential impacts of those activities and determine appropriate geographic distribution of opportunities.

Next, the DNR will engage regional representatives from recreation interest groups, recreation providers, business and environmental groups and others. For purposes of this study, the DNR will use eight regions [PDF] developed by previous recreation studies. These regional teams will generate information on existing recreation opportunities, future needs and initial guidance on how DNR properties could help meet these needs. The public will have multiple opportunities to provide input in the process.

Connection to other projects

This analysis is being conducted concurrently with a legislatively-mandated DNR project to inventory and map all roads on department properties. The results of this road inventory project will help inform the Recreation Opportunities Analysis.

Also concurrent with this analysis is the development of the 2017-2022 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

The department will be using the results of the Recreation Opportunities Analysis to help inform the development of department master plans, including an amendment to the recreation portion of the master plan for the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest.

Recreation Opportunity Analysis Document

ROA Introduction Draft [PDF]
ROA Northwoods Region Final [PDF]
ROA Great Northwest Region Draft [PDF]
ROA Upper Lake Michigan Coastal Draft [PDF]
ROA Appendices Draft [PDF]


Region Information

Northwoods Region

Public Input

September 2017

After reviewing the comments received, the department has finalized the Northwoods chapter to the Recreation Opportunity Analysis:

Northwoods Region [PDF]

June 2017

On June 12, 2017 the department released draft versions of the initial chapters for the Recreation Opportunities Analysis - the Introductory chapter and the Northwoods Region chapter.

The public was invited to review and comment on the Northwoods Region chapter from June 12 through 25, 2017. The department hosted a public meeting in Rhinelander on June 19 to gather input and comments.

April 2017

The department hosted three open house meetings in Arbor Vitae, Park Falls, and Antigo on April 24, 25, and 26, respectively. These open houses were designed to gather public comments, ideas, concerns, and perspectives on the existing recreation opportunities available in the region and future needs. The open houses were also an opportunity for the public to provide comments and perspectives on existing and potential future recreation opportunities at the NHAL State Forest.

These meetings were well attended with over 150 people signing in. The material presented at the open houses included:

Maps

The following maps have been prepared to provide background information. They are based on the best information that the department could gather at this time.

Properties in the Northwoods Region

State properties

Federal properties

County Properties

Upper Lake Michigan Coastal Region

Public Input Update

October 2017

On October 6, 2017 the department released a draft version of the initial chapter for the Recreation Opportunities Analysis - the Upper Lake Michigan Coastal chapter:

Upper Lake Michigan Coastal Region Draft [PDF]

The public is invited to review and comment on the Upper Lake Michigan Coastal chapter until October 27, 2017 (email Cameron Bump, Parks and Recreation Specialist (DNRroaComments@wisconsin.gov)). The department will be hosting a public meeting on October 17 from 4-7pm at the Brown County – Kress Family Branch Library (333 N Broadway, De Pere, WI 54115) to gather input and comments.

August 2017

The department hosted open house meetings in Sturgeon Bay and Crivitz (August 22, 23). These open houses were designed to gather public comments, ideas, concerns, and perspectives on the existing recreation opportunities available in the region and future needs. The department was also collecting input from the public through an online public comment opportunity. The comment period when that was available was from August 3rd through September 8th.

The material presented at the Upper Lake Michigan Coastal Region open houses included these table-top display boards:

Upper Lake Michigan Coastal Region [PDF]

Maps

The following maps have been prepared to provide background information. They are based on the best information that the department could gather at this time.

Properties in the Upper Lake Michigan Coastal Region

State properties

State Parks
State Forests
State Trails
State Wildlife Areas
State Natural Areas
State Fishery Area
Wild River

Federal properties

County Properties

Great Northwest Region

Public Input Update

October 2017

On October 6, 2017 the department released a draft version of the initial chapter for the Recreation Opportunities Analysis - the Great Northwest Region chapter:

Great Northwest Region Draft [PDF]

The public is invited to review and comment on the Great Northwest chapter until October 27, 2017 (email Cameron Bump, Parks and Recreation Specialist (DNRroaComments@wisconsin.gov)), Parks and Recreation Specialist). The department will be hosting a public meeting on October 18 from 4-7pm in Rice Lake (30 E. Eau Claire Street, Rice Lake, WI) to gather input and comments.

August 2017

The department hosted open house meetings in Ashland, Siren and Ladysmith (August 28, 29, 30). These open houses were designed to gather public comments, ideas, concerns, and perspectives on the existing recreation opportunities available in the region and future needs. The department was also collecting input from the public through an online public comment opportunity. The comment period when that was available was from August 3rd through September 8th.

The material presented at the Great Northwest Region open houses included these table-top display boards:

Great Northwest Region [PDF]

Maps

The following maps have been prepared to provide background information. They are based on the best information that the department could gather at this time.

Properties in the Great Northwest Region

State properties

State Parks
State Forests
State Trails
State Wildlife Areas
State Natural Areas
State Fishery Areas
Wild Rivers
State Flowage

Federal properties

County Properties

Mississippi River Corridor Region

Public Input

October/November 2017

The department will be holding four open house meetings designed to gather public comments, ideas, concerns, and perspectives on the existing recreation opportunities available in the region and future needs. These meetings will be held from 4-7pm on:

  • Monday, October 23rd – Altoona River Prairie Center, 1445 Front Porch Place, Altoona, WI 54720
  • Tuesday, October 24th – Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54481
  • Wednesday, October 25th – Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, 3060 S. Kinney Coulee Road, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • Wednesday, November 1st - Fox Valley Technical College – Bordini Center, 5 Systems Dr, Appleton, WI 54914

Maps

The following maps have been prepared to provide background information. They are based on the best information that the department could gather at this time.

Properties in the Mississippi River Corridor Region

State Properties

State Parks
State Trails
State Wildlife Areas
State Natural Areas
State Fishery Areas
State Riverways

Federal Properties

County Properties

Western Sands Region

Public Input

October/November 2017

The department will be holding four open house meetings designed to gather public comments, ideas, concerns, and perspectives on the existing recreation opportunities available in the region and future needs. These meetings will be held from 4-7pm on:

  • Monday, October 23rd – Altoona River Prairie Center, 1445 Front Porch Place, Altoona, WI 54720
  • Tuesday, October 24th – Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54481
  • Wednesday, October 25th – Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, 3060 S. Kinney Coulee Road, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • Wednesday, November 1st - Fox Valley Technical College – Bordini Center, 5 Systems Dr, Appleton, WI 54914

Maps

The following maps have been prepared to provide background information. They are based on the best information that the department could gather at this time.

Properties in the Western Sands Region

State Properties

State Parks
State Forests
State Trails
State Wildlife Areas
State Natural Areas
State Fishery Areas
Federal Properties
County Properties
Lake Winnebago Waters Region

Public Input

October/November 2017

The department will be holding four open house meetings designed to gather public comments, ideas, concerns, and perspectives on the existing recreation opportunities available in the region and future needs. These meetings will be held from 4-7pm on:

  • Monday, October 23rd – Altoona River Prairie Center, 1445 Front Porch Place, Altoona, WI 54720
  • Tuesday, October 24th – Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54481
  • Wednesday, October 25th – Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, 3060 S. Kinney Coulee Road, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • Wednesday, November 1st - Fox Valley Technical College – Bordini Center, 5 Systems Dr, Appleton, WI 54914

Maps

The following maps have been prepared to provide background information. They are based on the best information that the department could gather at this time.

Properties in the Lake Winnebago Waters Region

State Properties

State Parks
State Forests
State Trails
State Wildlife Areas
State Natural Areas
State Fishery Areas
Federal Properties
County Properties
Lower Lake Michigan Coastal Region
Work on this region has not yet begun. Stay tuned for updates as we move forward in the ROA process.
Southern Gateways Region
Work on this region has not yet begun. Stay tuned for updates as we move forward in the ROA process.


How to stay informed

The public will be invited to participate in the development of the regional reports. Public open house meetings and this website will be used to gather citizen input. Sign up to receive periodic updates and return to this web page for updates and a listing of opportunities to participate in the process.


Contact information
For information on the Recreation Opportunities Analysis study, contact:
Cameron Bump
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
1300 West Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire WI 54701
715-839-2786
Last revised: Thursday October 12 2017