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Get Outdoors!Date range: Saturday, June 01, 2019 to Saturday, June 01, 2019

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Free Fun Weekend

84 days old

Time: 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Activities: Free Fun Weekend, Outdoor activity
Location: Statewide

Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin: No state park admission stickers or trail passes are required June 1-2, 2019. It is also Free Fishing Weekend when people may fish without fishing licenses or state trout stamps. Non-resident all-terrain vehicle operators do not need a non-resident trail pass to ride state ATV trails this weekend.

Saturday, June 1 is also National Trails Day. Find more trail events across Wisconsin and the country on the National Trails Day website [exit DNR].


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Statewide information

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


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

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Guided Kayak Tour

84 days old

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Educational Programs, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Go on a kayak adventure at Devil's Lake! Guides will take you on a 2-hour tour of the lake exploring the geology, history and lake's wildlife. Space is limited, so you'll need to preregister. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. This program is best for adults and children 10 and older. Meet at the Chateau (North Shore Concessions).

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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.


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

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Natural Connections 2: Nature Better than Fiction

84 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activity: Story time
Location: Pattison SP

Emily Stone, Cable Natural History Museum

www.cablemuseum.org

Do you also love finding adventure and intrigue in strange places? Join naturalist and author Emily Stone to be transported across the moat into a magical world where nature is better than fiction. By using science to tell stories, Emily wields a magic that makes the whole world feel more alive.


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Pattison SP information

Pattison State Park features the highest waterfalls in Wisconsin and the fourth highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. Big Manitou Falls is 165 feet high, and Twin Little Manitou Falls is 31 feet high. This 1,436-acre park also has a lake with a beach, a nature center, camping, nine miles of hiking trails and abundant wildlife.


Mailing Address: 6294 S State Rd 35, Superior, Wisconsin 54880

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Milana Shira

84 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activity: Music
Location: Merrick SP

Local musician thirteen-year-old Milana Shira has been playing music since she was 9 finding inspiration from the likes of John Denver and Brandi Carlile. Her love of music inspires her folk/country/ pop eclectic style that puts a smile on her audiences faces. When not jamming on her guitar, you'll find this outdoor lover on the hiking trails or catching a catfish on the Mississippi. This passionate performer will give you a relaxing, yet energetic musical experience! Admission to the park is free!


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Merrick SP information

Located along the lazy Mississippi River and surrounded by the hills of Wisconsin's Coulee Region, the 322-acre Merrick State Park is popular with anglers and boaters. The marshy backwaters are home to a variety of fish, birds, animals and plants. Rising and falling river levels, though controlled some by dams, are part of the natural environment.


Mailing Address: S2965 State Road 35 , P.O. Box 127 , Fountain City, Wisconsin 54629

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Music in the Park

84 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Music, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Kohler-Andrae welcomes back singer, song writer, entertainer and recording artist Brett Hall for an evening of John Denver music. These days Brett has combined his love of camping and the outdoors with his love of music by playing stage and amphitheaters in Wisconsin state parks. Family-friendly program; children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the park amphitheater. In inclement weather the performance will move to Sanderling Nature Center.

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Kohler-Andrae SP information

Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is the home of majestic sand dunes, miles of golden beach, shimmering blue Lake Michigan water, whispering pines, an abundance of wildlife, and recreational activities for everyone. Kohler-Andrae State Park is one of the last natural preserves along the Lake Michigan shore, and is open for everyone to explore and enjoy.


Mailing Address: 1020 Beach Park Lane, Sheboygan, Wisconsin 53081

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Community Campfire

84 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Food, Music, Night event, Outdoor activity, Story time
Location: Potawatomi SP

Bring a chair or blanket and join us for a community campfire down by the bay! Our Park Naturalist will supply the stories, songs, and fire; you supply the s'mores! Come on down for the full hour and a half or stop on by for this all ages friendly event! Meet at the shoreline area across from the campground shelter and playground. In the event of rain we will move into the campground shelter.


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Potawatomi SP information

Potawatomi State Park on the shore of Sturgeon Bay in southern Door County, has 1,200 acres of gently rolling upland terrain bordered by steep slopes and rugged limestone cliffs. The park is named in honor of the tribe that inhabited Green Bay's shores and islands when Europeans first settled the area. The tribe called themselves Bo-De-Wad-Me which means "keeper of the fire." Eventually the spelling and pronunciation were changed to Potawatomi.


Mailing Address: 3740 County Road PD, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Animals of the St. Croix

84 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Nature study, Wildlife study
Location: Willow River SP
Location Map: Map of event location

The St. Croix River Valley is a wildlife haven that is home to many amazing animals. Get to know some of the amphibians, reptiles and birds that share your backyard and learn how you can help protect their habitat. This presentation includes the opportunity to see and touch LIVE animals!


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Willow River SP information

With nearly 3,000 acres of prairie, forests, and panoramic river scenery, Willow River State Park offers year-round recreation opportunities in western Wisconsin. The park is about five miles northeast of Hudson, and has a campground, a boat launch and a 400-foot beach and picnic area centered on 172-acre Little Falls Lake.


Mailing Address: 1034 County Highway A, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Nature's Cuisine: Wild Edibles Summer Saturday Evening Event

84 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Food, Night event
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

If you know where to look, nature can provide a whole smorgasbord of food. With Jackie Scharfenberg, Forest Naturalist, find out from a forest naturalist what plants are safe to eat and let your tastebuds decide which are "good" to eat. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 8 years old. Location: Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee) Get Directions - Ice Age Visitor Center.

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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.


Mailing Address: N1765 Highway G , Campbellsport, Wisconsin 53010

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Big Band Dance and Concert

84 days old

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Activity: Music
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Dance to the Big Band sounds of the Hal Edwards Orchestra in Wisconsin's celebrated "Most Romantic Dance Pavilion" - the North Shore Chateau. Join us as we relive the Big Band glory years. Cost is $10. A valid state park vehicle admission sticker is required.


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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.


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

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Stargazing at the Dark Sky Park

84 days old

Time: 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Activity: Astronomy
Location: Newport SP

Join us at Wisconsin's only designated dark sky park for a night of star gazing. There will be a telescope and other equipment set up with some of Door County's best amateur astronomers on hand to point out some highlights of the night sky. All are welcome to bring their own telescopes, binoculars, chairs and blankets. Flashlights or headlamps with red lens cover is recommended. It is always a good idea to come during day time hours to familiarize yourself with the area first. This program will be cancelled if viewing conditions are poor. Park at Lot 3 and follow the marked path.

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Newport SP information

Newport State Park, northeast of Ellison Bay, is Wisconsin's only formally-designated wilderness park. With 2,373 acres and 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the park offers quiet alternatives to bustling Door County. Explore 30 miles of hiking trails with hike-in campsites. There are evergreen and hardwood forests, wetlands and upland meadows.


Mailing Address: 475 County Highway NP, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin 54210

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Kids Fishing Clinic

83 days old

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Fishing, Free Fun Weekend, Free Fishing Weekend, Outdoor skills
Location: High Cliff SP

June 1-2 is Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin. Bring the kids for Curtis Meshak's fishing clinics between 8 a.m. and Noon on Saturday and Sunday. Loaner fishing poles and tackle available at the Park Office. Free worms while supplies last, compliments of the Friends of High Cliff.

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High Cliff SP information

High Cliff State Park is the only state-owned recreational area on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin's largest lake. The park gets its name from the limestone cliff of the Niagara Escarpment, which parallels the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago. The magnificent 12-foot statue of Winnebago Indian Chief Red Bird, standing high on a huge granite rock, overlooks the lake and is a popular destination in the park.


Mailing Address: N7630 State Park Rd, Sherwood, Wisconsin 54169

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Breakfast in the Park

83 days old

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Food, Free Fun Weekend
Location: Harrington Beach SP

Enjoy a free all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, with a side of sausage and applesauce, prepared and served by the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park. Donations are appreciated and will directly benefit the park. After a relaxing breakfast, served with coffee and milk, enjoy the beauty of Harrington Beach. Take a stroll or run, fish the quarry, or play on the beach. No park admission required during the State Parks Open House weekend. Meet at the Welcome Center.

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Harrington Beach SP information

Harrington Beach State Park has more than a mile of beach along Lake Michigan. This 715-acre park also features a white cedar and hardwood swamp, old field grasslands with restored wetland ponds and a scenic limestone quarry lake. Camp, sunbathe, picnic, hike, bird watch, fish or practice astronomy. An observatory is open to the public for monthly viewings.


Mailing Address: 531 County Road D, Belgium, Wisconsin 53004

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Hike It - Hoof It: Poker Ride/Hike

83 days old

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Activity: Outdoor activity
Location: Governor Dodge SP

Bring your horses or enjoy a naturalist-led walk with five stops along each trail to draw cards - best hand wins a cash prize.  This fundraiser event is for the Governor Dodge Equestrian horse campground project. Registration is $30 with lunch and silent auction included. Resister online [exit DNR].   

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Governor Dodge SP information

Governor Dodge State Park is one of the state's largest parks, with 5,350 acres of steep hills, bluffs, and deep valleys plus two lakes and a waterfall. Located in Wisconsin's scenic driftless area, Governor Dodge offers camping, picnicking, hiking, canoeing, biking, hunting, fishing, off-road biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding opportunities.


Mailing Address: 4175 State Highway 23 N , Dodgeville, Wisconsin 53533

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Fishing Clinic

83 days old

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Fishing, Free Fun Weekend, Free Fishing Weekend, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Drop in to fish with Walleye's Unlimited USA. Bring your own equipment or use theirs. Learn angling tips as you fish. Meet at Shelter #2. No licenses needed today.

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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.


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

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Hike to the Top of Wisconsin's Tallest Sand Dune

83 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Join the park naturalist on this 1.5 mile one way hike to Old Baldy, the tallest sand dune in Wisconsin. We'll talk about dunes, shipwrecks, native history, and plants as we make our way there. Meet at the amphitheater rain or shine! Sturdy shoes and a water bottle are recommended.


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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.


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

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Exploration Station - Canines

83 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Wolves, foxes, and coyotes - oh my! Play games, create habitats, touch furs, and discover what makes these wild canines so great! This program's activities are designed with families in mind, but open to "kids" of all ages. Happening outside 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.


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

Note: Event dates and times are subject to change or cancellation. Please verify event status, dates and times prior to attendance. Some events, such as candlelight skis/hikes are very popular, and access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached.

Last revised: Friday, June 07, 2019