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Fees Waived For Wisconsin State Parks And Trails

State Parks, Trails And Restrooms Remain Open; Property Buildings Closed

Contact(s): DNRPress@wisconsin.gov
March 24, 2020 at 10:44:26 am

Devil's Doorway at Devil's Lake State Park is just one of the many places you can still visit during this public health emergency with appropriate social distancing. - Photo credit: DNR
Devil's Doorway at Devil's Lake State Park is just one of the many places you can still visit during this public health emergency with appropriate social distancing. Photo credit: DNR
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Release was updated to reflect that outdoor activity is considered an essential activity.]

MADISON, Wis. - Gov. Evers' Safer at Home order (item 11.c) recognizes outdoor activity as an essential activity. As such, all State Parks, Trails and Forests remain open and all fees are now waived. All current regulations apply for hunting, trapping, and fishing seasons.

Under the Safer at Home order, we must do all that we can to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Staying home as much as possible is the best way to lower COVID-19 infection rates. The public should stay as close to home as possible and avoid travel outside of their community.

Distance is key while people are visiting state parks and trails. We are asking the public not to congregate at restrooms, self-registration stations, electronic kiosks and maintain six feet of distance from other people.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources continues to receive the most up-to-date information and will adjust operations as conditions change. We will also continue to monitor on-the-ground circumstances each day to determine if park closures become necessary.

Should you need a place with space, getting outdoors in your community has both physical and mental benefits. Beginning March 24, 2020, the DNR will implement the following changes to the operation of all state parks and recreation areas across the state consistent with guidance provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Department of Administration.

Here is the latest:

Fees Waived
Restrooms Open
All state park offices, visitor centers, and non-essential buildings are closed for the duration of the public health emergency
Camping And Special Permits
Hunting And Fishing
Steps To Prevent And Avoid Exposure

For updates on event cancellations and building closures at DNR properties, visit the DNR website or follow @WIDNR on Facebook, @wi_dnr on Instagram, or @WDNR on Twitter.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. For specific information regarding the COVID-19 we encourage the public to frequently monitor the DHS website for updates, and to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.



Last Revised: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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