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DNR state park admission stickers on sale now

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced the 2023 state park and forest annual admission stickers and trail passes went on sale Friday, Nov. 25.

In this season of giving, an annual admission sticker or trail pass makes for the perfect present, unwrapping opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy Wisconsin’s big backyard every day of the year.

“We’re delighted to give visitors a boost to stretch out and enjoy a day of fresh air and fun by opening sales of 2023 admission stickers and trail passes the day after Thanksgiving,” said Steve Schmelzer, DNR Parks Director. “From northern waterfalls to the Lake Michigan shoreline and southern forests to the Dalles of the St. Croix River, there’s no shortage of fun in Wisconsin’s four corners.”

The 2023 stickers and passes for admission to parks, forests, recreation areas and trails are valid from the date of purchase through Dec. 31, 2023.

Vehicle admission passes provide access to more than 60 state parks, forests and recreation areas across Wisconsin. They are required on all motor vehicles visiting state parks and recreation areas. Some state forest and trail parking areas also require the annual sticker or daily admission pass.

An admission sticker costs $28 for Wisconsin residents or $38 for nonresidents. If there is more than one vehicle registered to the same household, additional state park and forest stickers are available for $15.50 for residents and $20.50 for non-residents. A senior citizen annual sticker for $13 is available for Wisconsin residents 65 years of age and older. Annual trail passes are $25 for residents and non-residents.

Additionally, state trail passes are required for all people age 16 or older biking, in-line skating, horseback riding, cross-country skiing or offhighway motorcycling on specific state trails. A state trail pass is not required for walking or hiking.

Resident and non-resident annual admission stickers are available online and at individual state park and forest properties via drive-up window service, self-registration kiosks or over the phone. State trail passes are available only at individual properties or licensed vendors.

If gifting an admission sticker or trail pass for the holidays, the DNR recommends purchasing stickers by Friday, Dec. 9 to receive them in time.

Those interested in purchasing a bulk order of 20 or more annual admission stickers on behalf of themselves or their organization can fill out this questionnaire, and DNR staff will assist with the order.

Visit the DNR’s website for information on the Wisconsin state park and forest vehicle admission sticker.