Most state parks reopening on May 1
Let’s not mess it up again

In time for a warm week ahead, Gov. Tony Evers is directing the Department of Natural Resources to reopen 34 state parks and natural areas on May 1, with some new guidelines in place for safety. The governor ordered 40 sites closed on April 10 amid reports that large crowds were making social distancing difficult. Problems with vandalism and littering were also reported.

Many of the newly reopened sites will close earlier than normal, with open hours from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and also close Wednesdays for maintenance. (Some northern state forests, wild rivers, flowages and Lower Wisconsin Riverway sites will maintain normal hours.) Safety capacities have been determined for each location, and admission will be delayed if that number has already been met. A state parks admission sticker also needs to be purchased ($28) in advance; if you don’t already have one, call 888-305-0398. Annual stickers or daily admission passes will not be available at the parks. While the DNR does not offer sales of parks admission online, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks does sell yearly admission stickers online. (Note: An upcharge of $10 supports FWSP.)...

...For the full details, read the press release. The DNR has also created a map of properties open as of May 1; PDF here....

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Notes: First THANK YOU for reopening these parks. I would propose one trade-off in the guidelines for park use. Please consider opening the restrooms in exchange for a "carry in carry out" policy for trash. Here is a visualization of current policy - One. When people have to go, they have to go and a locked bathroom will not change this. Thus they will find a tree or sheltered spot and the results will be a mess (pun intended). - Two. The parks will be very popular and other peoples waste will accumulate, in some cases to overflowing, at this time we should not expose our park employees to other peoples trash and a simple request to take it with them is not unreasonable. A few fines and signs to show we are serious and a carefully worded press release should get this done. As the policies now stand I would not want to be a park employee on clean up duty (pun intended). Just a thought...



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