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Enjoy Wisconsin’s State Parks and Campgrounds

Despite the fact that many of our favorite summertime activities have been canceled this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, most Wisconsin State Parks, forests, recreational trails and campgrounds have reopened so that the public can spend time outside and enjoy nature. Wisconsin state park system properties are operating from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week, with some restrictions.

An annual park sticker or trail pass is required for all visits to state parks and trails, including camping. Daily stickers are not being sold at this time. Annual passes are not available for purchase at individual properties, so visitors must buy prior to going. Passes can be purchased at Office buildings, visitor centers, observation towers, shelters and playgrounds remain closed.

Reservations for camping, which must be made via phone or online before setting up on a site, can be made for the same day of arrival or up to 11 months in advance. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff may periodically stop by campsites to verify check-in, so campers should keep a copy of their reservation on hand or available on a mobile device for staff to verify. Restrooms, including shower buildings, will be open in day-use areas and campgrounds and facilities will be cleaned each day. Campers are encouraged to use facilities one household at a time and respectfully distance themselves from other campers. Drinking fountains in campgrounds and day-use areas will be available. All other campground rules, including those pertaining to firewood, still apply.

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