NEWS ARCHIVE:     Age: 4,109 days

See This Full Issue

All Previous Archived Issues


May 17, 2011

Free admission to all state parks, forests and trails

MADISON - Enjoying Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Trails and Recreation Areas is a bargain any time of year but on the first Sunday of June they are an exceptional value, as entrance to any state park, forest, trail and recreation property is free.

"Open House Day is an opportunity for all residents and visitors to explore some of Wisconsin's most beautiful natural locations and enjoy a wide variety of outdoor recreation," says Dan Schuller, Wisconsin State Parks director.

"This year Gov. Scott Walker has officially proclaimed June 2011 as Great Outdoors Month in Wisconsin to highlight the benefits of outdoor activity and focuses attention on our natural resources, including parks, forests and other public lands and waters. State Parks Open House Day will allow people across the state to take in a full day of Wisconsin's Great Outdoors hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, or just relaxing."

On State Park Open House Day, no admission stickers are required on vehicles entering state parks, forests and recreation areas, and trail passes are not required for bicyclists, in-line skaters, or horseback riders using state trails that normally require a trail pass. In addition, Saturday, June 4 is National Trails Day and fees are waived to use all DNR-managed state trails on that day as well.

Reservable campsites in Wisconsin state park and forest campgrounds are generally in high demand for the Memorial Day weekend, but there are often campsites available for the weekend of State Park Open House at many parks and forests. Camping fees do still apply on state park open house day. People can check campsite availability or reserve a site (minimum two nights) through the State Parks Web site [].

The event also coincides with Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin, so no fishing license is required to fish at the many lakes and rivers located in state parks and forests. Several parks are sponsoring free fishing activities, along with other special events (click on tab for June and then see June 5).

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Wisconsin State Parks - (608) 266-2181

Last Revised: Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Need an expert?

The Office of Communications connects journalists with DNR experts on a wide range of topics. For the fastest response, please email and the first available Communications Specialist will respond to you.