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October 19, 2010

MADISON - The best Wisconsin state park for canoeing and kayaking is Rock Island, located off the tip of Door County; while the best park for winter camping is Pattison, located in Douglas County. Those are among the results of the 2010 Gold Seal Awards, tabulated after a season-long online survey of park users.

The statewide Friends of Wisconsin State Parks organization runs the Gold Seal Awards program each year to highlight park and trail visitors' picks for the best Wisconsin state park and trail features.

The Gold Seal results were tabulated through the online survey on the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website: (exit DNR) that asked users which parks had the best offerings in ten categories over the summer 2010 season.

The winners of the Gold Seal Awards for 2010 are:

State Park Hero Awards

In addition to the Gold Seals, the statewide Friends of Wisconsin State Parks will be recognizing a DNR land manager, a local Friends group, and a Friends member with State Park Hero awards. These awards showcase the terrific leadership and exemplary service of individuals and groups that selflessly supporting the State Park System in 2010.

The winners of the State Park Hero Awards are:

All awardees will be honored at the FWSP annual meeting and awards ceremony Oct. 22 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum on. All DNR staff members, volunteers, and Friends members are invited to attend this fun event. An invitation can be found at the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website: (exit DNR).

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks has worked to promote, protect, preserve, restore, and enhance the State Park System over the last decade in order to protect state parks and their resources for future generations.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jenna Assmus, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks - 608-264-8994

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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