DNR welcomes summer time season, will increase outside capacities at Wis. state park system | WFRV Native 5


(WFRV) – Summer is approaching and Wisconsinites are eager to leave their homes and enjoy outdoor activities.

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recognizes this need and stands ready to welcome residents back to their facilities by increasing the capacity for outdoor events, activities, and outdoor spaces such as group campsites, outdoor accommodations, and amphitheaters. This increase is accompanied by the following changes, which will take effect immediately:

  • The size of the volunteer groups can be increased from 50 or less to 350 people outdoors with small work groups
  • DNR-run and co-sponsored events such as naturalist activities, educational programs, hiking with friends, and candlelight events are now allowed for up to 350 people as long as outdoor events are taking place
  • Outdoor-only concession activities can be increased to 350 people
  • Group outdoor campsites are increased to maximum capacity or 350, whichever is less
  • Open-air shelters and amphitheaters are increased to a maximum capacity of 350, whichever is lower
  • The group size for special events will be increased to 350
  • The size of the commercially used application groups is increased to 350

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DNR officials report that services and facilities that are open and accessible to the public include camping, plumbing, landfills, accessible cabins, window lifters, concessions and firewood, and outdoor shelters / amphitheaters. However, all other DNR facilities, including nature centers, indoor group camps, and headquarters, will remain closed to the public.

In addition to the capacity increase, the DNR announced that the 9th annual Free Fun Weekend will take place on June 5th and 6th. Officials say park entry fees, fishing licenses, and hiking passes will be waived this weekend.

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“We really have something special here in Wisconsin, especially when it comes to outdoor recreation,” said DNR Secretary Preston Cole. “Explore a state park, hit the trails, or try your hand at fishing. There’s no better time to get out and explore what Wisconsin’s nature has to offer. “