Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Free Admission Wisconsin State Parks

Wisconsin has countless attractions for its residents or those from who find themselves here for business or recreation.  At the top of the attractions list one should find "state parks"; according to the DNR web site Wisconsin offers the following parks and other areas:

  • 47 State Parks 
  • 13 State Forests 
  • 76 State Wildlife Areas
  • 23 State Wildlife Management Areas 
  • 2 State Wildlife Refuges 
  • 31 State Fishery Areas; and
  • 5 State Fish Hatcherys
Usually entry fees are required, the annual sticker for a Wisconsin resident is $25 (less if you are over 65) and $35 for non-Wisconsin residents.  Day passes are $7 for residents and $10 for non-residents.  However, the first Saturday in June is an Open House for Wisconsin State Parks, which coincides with National Trials Day; all fees for Wisconsin State owned properties are waived for the day.  For 2012, that means there is no fee to enter Wisconsin State Parks (and other properties) on Saturday, June 2nd.  This allows overlaps with Wisconsin's free fishing weekend; no license is needed to fish on June 2nd and 3rd.

I noticed that this information was not easy to find; it is buried at the bottom of the DNR web page, under fee waivers.  Close reading is needed.  I hope this post made it a bit easier for people to visit this wonderful places.    We purchase an annual sticker, so no savings for us, but I hope it will help others.  Share your story if you take advantage of the open house!

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