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.

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 Mar. 24, 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.

Fees Waived

¦ Entrance fees are waived.

¦ Please do not congregate at self-registration stations or electronic kiosks.

Restrooms Open

¦ Restrooms on state properties will remain open given there are enough resources, cleaning supplies and access to personal protective equipment for staff to maintain them.

All state park offices, visitor centers, and non-essential buildings are closed for the duration of the public health emergency

¦ Effective immediately, the DNR will close the following state buildings to the public: Park headquarters, offices, visitor centers, nature centers, research stations, ranger stations, shooting ranges, fish hatcheries, shelters, showers, concessions, and indoor group camp buildings on all DNR owned properties.

¦ Properties will continue to be staffed and outdoor recreational opportunities (hiking, trails, fishing, hunting, etc.) remain open at this time.

¦ Boat launches at state parks remain open. Fees for boat launches in Wisconsin State Parks are also waived.

Camping And Special Permits

¦ All campsites (individual, group, and indoor) are closed through April 30, 2020.

¦ Refunds will be issued to all customers.

¦ No new camping reservations will be taken for dates prior to June 1, 2020.

¦ Any questions regarding camping reservations can be directed to the Camis Call Center at 1-888-947-2757.

Hunting And Fishing

¦ All current regulations apply for hunting, trapping, and fishing seasons.

¦ Hunters, trappers, and anglers are encouraged to hunt, trap and fish in their communities only.