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Wisconsin state parks adjust operations

Wisconsin state parks adjust operations Wisconsin state parks adjust operations

In accordance with public health guidelines and safety recommendations, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has modifed operations to maintain the safest environment for visitors and staff.

ĂĄll Wisconsin state park system properties have returned to regular operating hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Properties are no longer closed Wednesdays.

In addition, a limited number of day-use area restrooms at park properties will reopen for public use beginning Wednesday, June 3. Visitors are reminded to plan ahead as well as bring hand sanitizer in the event it is not available at facilities.

All group, family and indoor group campsites will remain closed through June 7. All events and shelter reservations will also be canceled through June 7. Permit and reservation holders will be contacted and provided a full refund. The status of events, reservations and camping after June 7 is currently under review.

Rock Island State Park is closed to all use, including camping, until July 1. According to the ferry operator, ferry service to and from the island is on hold until further notice due to high lake levels and pending guidelines for both state park and vessel operations during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Dells of The Wisconsin River State Natural Area, Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area, Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area and Pewits Nest state Natural Area remain closed for the health and safety of the public, staff, and property integrity.

The priority continues to be the safety and health of visitors and staff and the public is asked to continue recreating responsibly close to home, practicing social distancing, frequently wash their hands and only traveling for necessity. The DNR will continue to turn the dial on additional outdoor recreation opportunities, amenities and services at state park system properties. Visitors are also encouraged to wear face coverings in situations where social distancing may be difficult. This may apply to outdoor spaces as well.

An annual park sticker or trail pass is required to visit state parks and trails which can be purchased online or by calling 1-888-305-0398 daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All restrooms are closed through June 2.

Temporary capacity restrictions will be put into place as needed to manage admissions and overcrowding at properties. View current property information before visiting https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/apip/ capacity.aspx.

Attractions at which social distancing cannot be achieved are closed at various properties. Visit https:// dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/propertyNotices.html for information about ongoing closures. All other facilities currently closed such as towers, shelters, playgrounds, nature centers, headquarters, entrance stations and concession buildings remain closed to the public.

Ticks are out. Visitors should take precautions to prevent lyme disease.

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