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Wisconsin State Park System Admission fees
Thank you for supporting the Wisconsin State Park System. User fees including vehicle admission stickers, camping fees and state trail passes provide most of the money for operating Wisconsin state parks, forests, recreation areas and trails.
Vehicle admission stickers
A vehicle admission sticker is required on all motor vehicles stopping in state park, forest, recreation area and trail parking areas. Buy your sticker when you get to the park or in advance. You can buy an annual sticker, for admission to all state parks and forests for the calendar year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31), or a daily sticker which is valid for the date of issue.
The 2015 annual stickers are honored through Dec. 31, 2015.
|Sticker Fees||Annual||Half price*||Daily||One-hour**|
|Vehicle with WI license plates||$25||$12.50||$7||$5|
|Vehicle with WI plates, resident age 65 and older||$10||N/A||$3||N/A|
|Vehicle with out-of-state plates||$35||$17.50||$10||$5|
|Bus, Wisconsin license||$10|
*Half-price annual stickers are for additional vehicles registered to the same household address.
**One-hour stickers are not available at all properties.
Admission fee waivers are available for school groups, disabled veterans and former POWs, conservation patron license holders and others.
Free daily stickers are available for vehicles towed or carried into the property by a vehicle with a purchased sticker. Any type of vehicle can be towed or do the towing—motor home, truck camper, motorcycle, etc.
The vehicle doing the towing or carrying must have an annual or daily admission sticker. A vehicle being towed or carried will be issued a free courtesy admission sticker allowing it the same access and privileges as a vehicle with an annual or daily admission sticker.
If you have a motorcycle
The vehicle admission sticker rule applies to motorcycles as well as cars and trucks. If your motorcycle does not have an adequate windshield or the sticker may damage the windshield, fasten the sticker in one of these places:
- on the front fork;
- behind the license plate; or
- under the seat.
In some cases, a ranger may not see the sticker and issue you a notice. If this happens, return to the park or forest office to show your sticker and void the notice.
If you have a valid, current-year sticker and you are trading in your car or replacing a windshield with a state park sticker on it, you can get a replacement sticker for your new windshield at no charge by following the steps below.
- Note the serial number of your current-year sticker.
- Scrape enough of the old sticker off (it will come off in pieces) to prove you have it.
- Print out the annual admission sticker replacement application form.
- Fill in the form completely.
- Take or mail the form and old sticker to any state park or forest office.
How to buy
Purchase vehicle admission stickers and state trail passes
There are many options for buying state park stickers and state trail passes:
- Most visitors buy their daily or annual sticker when they get to a state park and forest entrance. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted when the park office is open. Self-registration stations are available for payment of fees when the office is closed.
- Department of Natural Resources service centers sell stickers and state trail passes.
- Some businesses near state trails sell state trail passes.
- Annual admission stickers and state trail passes can be purchased over the phone by calling the DNR at 888-936-7463 between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
- Stickers and passes can be purchased online as part of gift packages from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks.
There's an additional $5 fee for anyone who fails to pay the fee before using the park, trail or campsite if there's a self-registration station available.
Admission fee waivers
Wisconsin state parks and forests offer several types of waivers for admission fees:
School, college and nonprofit fee waivers
Vehicle admission and trail fees may be waived for:
- authorized public and private school events;
- vehicles transporting students for authorized outdoor academic classes given by an accredited Wisconsin college or university; and
- groups with mentally or physically disabled persons and their attendants brought by a nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is improvement of their mental or physical health.
To receive such a waiver, complete a Vehicle Permit/Trail Fee Waiver Request form and send it directly to the property from which you're requesting the waiver. The form must be received at the property at least seven days before the beginning of the planned activity. Before going to the park, confirm whether your request has been granted. Stop at the property office for a courtesy permit when you arrive.
Vehicles dropping off or picking up juvenile group campers also may have admission fees waived.
Government business fee waivers
Admission fees are waived for vehicles registered to governmental agencies or driven by persons on official government business and for vehicles furnishing services or supplies to the Department of Natural Resources or its concessionaires.
Conservation Patron and Senior Citizen Recreation card holders
Resident and non-resident Conservation Patron Licenses valid from April 1 through March 31. These licenses provide, in addition to hunting and fishing privileges, free access to state parks, forests and recreation areas for vehicles carrying a patron holder. Also included are free access for walk-in patron-holders to Heritage Hill State Historical Park; and free access to state trails for the patron holders.
Before 1992, Wisconsin residents age 65 and older could buy Senior Citizen Recreation Cards granting them lifetime free admission to state parks. This card is no longer available for purchase, but we still honor the cards issued before 1992.
Vehicles on public highways
Visitors may drive through a state park or forest recreation area without a vehicle admission sticker. However, if the vehicle is parked within a state park, forest or recreation area where stickers are required, it must have a sticker.
Disabled Veteran and Former Prisoner of War Fee Waivers
Certain disabled veterans and former prisoners of war are eligible to receive waivers of vehicle admission and trail pass fees. Program is for Wisconsin residents.
To apply for this fee waiver:
- Download and complete the Disabled Veteran Free State Park/Forest/Trail Pass Application and take it to your County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO) to certify. The application must be signed and stamped by the CVSO.
- Mail the certified application to:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Bureau of Parks and Recreation
101 S Webster St PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707
Do not send medical records to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The Bureau of Parks and Recreation will mail you an identification card to be presented each time you visit a state park, forest or recreation area. The park, forest or recreation area will then issue a courtesy pass for the day. When using state trails requiring a trail pass, carry the identification card with you.
Federal Pass for Ice Age Reserve Units
At an Ice Age Reserve Unit, admission fees are waived for a vehicle occupied by a holder of a Federal Pass, such as an America the Beautiful—National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, or a pass from a former National Park Service program such as the Golden Age, Access or Eagle Passports. Ice Age Reserve units honor these passes but do not issue them.
Free fun weekend in June
All DNR-owned properties participate in Free Fun Weekend during the first full weekend in June. All vehicle admission sticker fees and trail fees on state-operated designated state trails are waived for Free Fun Weekend. Cooperatively-run state trails also may participate. The weekend coincides with "Free Fishing Weekend" in Wisconsin and all fishing licenses are also waived.