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a Wisconsin state park, forest, recreation area or trail.
Camping opportunities
in state parks and forests.
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a vehicle admission sticker or state trail pass.
Get Outdoors!
to attend a nature program or event with family and friends.
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Wisconsin State Parks

Wisconsin State Park System Publications, plans and reports

The Department of Natural Resources produces publications on a wide variety of issues including fish, wildlife, forests, lands, environmental, research, business, lakes, rivers and more.

Property management

The department creates master plans for state properties that establish the public uses permitted, detail resource management and facility development, and act as a blueprint for the properties.

Wisconsin State Park System statewide publications

Several publications are available that take a statewide look at the Wisconsin State Park System. Individual properties may also have their own visitor newspapers or brochures available at the property headquarters or visitor center.

Wisconsin State Park System (WSPS) statewide publications
WSPS visitor guideWSPS Visitor Guide (2020)

This publication provides an overview and introduction to all of Wisconsin's state parks, forests, recreation areas and trails in a handy glove box-sized guide that includes a locator map, property descriptions, and contact phone numbers.
Other Tourism publications [exit DNR]

WSPS 2015-2020 Strategic DirectionsWSPS 2015-2020 Strategic Directions [PDF] (2015)

This report provides a breakdown of the Wisconsin State Park System's core directions and goals that will help guide policy decisions. These directions are consistent with the department's mission, vision and core values.

Connections to Gateway CommunitiesEconomic Impacts of the WSPS: Connections to Gateway Communities [PDF] (2013)

This report addresses several key questions to improve the understanding of how state parks and trails affect local economic conditions within the communities and regions in which these properties are located.

2011-2016 SCORP2011-2016 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (2012)

This plan is done every five years to identify essential and contemporary issues that affect the future of outdoor recreation in Wisconsin.

Trail Etiquette and Safety GuidelinesWisconsin Trail Etiquette and Safety Guidelines: Tips for Trail Users [PDF] (2011)

This brochure explains general trail etiquette that makes for a safe and enjoyable experience for all trail users while also protecting the environment.

Managing Heritage ResourcesManaging the Heritage Resources of the WSPS [PDF] (2010)

This document addresses the management of WSPS heritage resources and how to protect these resources while providing opportunities for nature-based outdoor recreation, education and interpretation, and scientific research.

Managing Forests on WSPS LandsManaging Forests on Wisconsin State Park Lands [PDF] (2010)

This document provides guidance related to the management of WSPS forested lands, including desired outcomes that will preserve the value of these resources for millions of visitors.

Trails and their Gateway CommunitiesTrails and their Gateway Communities: A Case Study of Recreational Use Compatibility and Economic Impacts [PDF] (2009)

This report looks at the economic effects of trail on communities throughout Wisconsin.

2005-2010 SCORP2005-2010 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (2005)

This plan is done every five years to identify essential and contemporary issues that affect the future of outdoor recreation in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Trails Network PlanWisconsin Trails Network Plan [PDF] (2003)

This plan identifies a statewide network of trails and provides guidance to the DNR for land acquisition and development. The plan maps detail the potential trail network for different regions in the state.
Statewide map [PDF]
Northern Region map [PDF]
Northeast Region map [PDF]
Southeast Region map [PDF]
South Central Region map [PDF]
West Central Region map [PDF]

Parks and their Gateway CommunitiesParks and their Gateway Communities: Development and Recreation Planning Issues in Wisconsin [PDF] (2002)

This report looks at the economic effects of state park, forest, recreation area and trail properties on communities throughout Wisconsin.

Attendance by YearEstimated Attendance by Year [PDF] (2002-2018)

This listing shows the estimated attendance by property for the Wisconsin State Park System from 2002 through 2018.

Last revised: Sunday May 17 2020