Free Weekend Fun at Wisconsin State Parks


The Wisconsin DNR provides some helpful information before you go.


  • Admission stickers will not be required.
  • All state parks will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Windows, playgrounds, restrooms and observation towers are open.
  • Stand-alone concession facilities are open to the public at 50% of their capacity.
  • Office buildings, visitor centers and nature centers remain closed until further notice.
  • Adapted rental equipment at state park properties is not available until further notice.

Due to high demand, some properties may reach their predetermined capacity limits. When this happens, the properties will close until the departure of existing visitors and capacity will be reduced.


  • Passes will not be required for residents and non-residents.
  • All linear trails / rails will be open to the public, including ATV trails and horseback riding trails.


  • Residents and non-residents will not be required to have a fishing license or trout / salmon stamps.
  • All 2021-2022 fishing regulations apply, including bag and length limits.
  • Due to COVID-19 precautions, loaner materials will not be available. Fishermen must bring their own equipment and bait.
  • Events such as fishing clinics have been canceled.
  • Locate shore fishing launches and access points near you.


  • All DNR launching ramps are open.
  • Boats must be registered, which can be done online or by mail.
  • Minimize the spread of aquatic invasive species by removing plants and animals from boats before and after launching, draining all water from compartments, and never moving live fish from a body of water.

MNR reminds residents and visitors to focus on safety. Always wear a life jacket when fishing from a boat, kayak, canoe, or paddle board. Do not use alcohol or drugs before or while riding an ATV or while operating a boat. Wear a helmet and protective clothing such as eye protection and long pants when riding or riding an ATV.

All children under the age of 18 must have at least one standard Department of Transportation motorcycle or ATV helmet. Remember, bicycle helmets are not legal.

Watch the weather forecast, as conditions can change quickly. Visit the WDIO Storm Track Weather page at and the interactive radar.


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