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October 1, 2013

MADISON - Fall is the perfect time to take in the sights from one of the many lookout towers located on Wisconsin State Park properties, but Peninsula State Park in Door County offers the best view from a tower, according to results of the 2013 Gold Seal Award contest sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks.

The statewide Friends of Wisconsin State Parks organization runs the Gold Seal Award program each year to highlight Wisconsin's parks, trails, and forests. The award winners have been announced, but the actual award presentations will take place October 11 at the annual Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Awards Banquet and annual meeting to be held at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitors Center.

"A record number of votes were cast by the public for this year's Gold Seal Awards, with more than 200 individual votes were completed online at The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website," (exit DNR) said Patty Loosen, Wisconsin state park friends group coordinator.

Categories for the Gold Seal Awards changed each year based on topics nominated by the more than 80 friends groups around the state that are part of the umbrella organization.

The, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks have named the following winners:

  1. Best RV Camping - Governor Dodge State Park
  2. Best View from a Tower - Peninsula State Park
  3. Best Place for Dog Walking - Whitefish Dunes State Park
  4. Best Place to Explore Nature - Richard Bong State Recreation Area
  5. Best Historical Restoration Project - Heritage Hill State Historical Park - Fort Howard Guard House project
  6. Best Informational Kiosk - Stower Seven Lakes State Trail
  7. Best Friends Group website - Newport Wilderness Society
  8. Most Challenging Hiking Trail - Kettle Moraine State Forest - Pike Lake unit - trail to Tower
  9. Best Place to hold a Family Reunion - Wyalusing State Park
  10. Best Place to hear an Owl - Governor Thompson State Park

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Patty Loosen - 608-264-8994 or Paul Holtan, state parks and forest recreation public affairs manager - 608-267-7517

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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