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September 22, 2015

Park properties gearing up for fall color festivals and Halloween activities

MADISON -- From biking, hiking and camping to kayaking, rock climbing, horseback riding and more, the Wisconsin State Park System has something for everyone, and a new video is inviting people to take a tour of the properties and then stop by and visit one.

"Fall is a great time to be outdoors in Wisconsin and our state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas offer some of the most scenic locations to enjoy fall colors and fall activities," said Chris Pedretti, property services section chief for the Wisconsin State Park System. "Now is also a great time to take one more fall camping trip or to start planning for a 2016 camping trip to one or more of our great properties."

Camping reservations can be made 11 months in advance of your arrival date, and can be made online at or by calling 1-888-947-2757.

Pedretti, who coordinated production of the new parks video with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources video team, said fall colors are just one of the highlights of the video, which also includes scenes from biking, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, rock climbing, horseback riding, all-terrain vehicle riding, camping and more.

"We hope this new video gives people just a sampling of the activities that people are enjoying at our state park properties and encourages them to take advantage of one of the best seasons of the year to visit our properties."

Pedretti said many park properties have special events planned in the fall, including fall color hikes, harvest festivals, candlelight events and Halloween activities. People can find activities by searching the DNR website for keywords "get outdoors," and then use the "type" or "location" buttons to select events by type of activity or individual park, forest or recreation property.

While the new video features primarily summer and autumn activities, the parks program is hoping to follow up with additional video footage of winter, spring, and other great recreational activities throughout the Wisconsin State Park System.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris Pedretti, 608-264-8958 or Paul Holtan, office of communications, 608-267-7517

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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