The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host the eighth annual Wisconsin Free Fun Weekend. 

Park admission fees, fishing license and trail pass requirements will be waived on June 6-7 to encourage residents to take advantage of Wisconsin’s outdoors.

During Free Fun Weekend June 6-7:

• No state park admission stickers or trail passes are required.

• People may fish without a fishing license or trout/salmon stamps. All other fishing regulations apply.

• ATV, UTVs, and OHMs are exempt from registration requirements. Resident and nonresident all-terrain vehicle operators do not need a trail pass to ride state ATV trails.

Residents are reminded capacity limits remain in effect at some properties to limit overcrowding due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitors are asked to recreate responsibly close to home and practice social distancing.

Try fishing

Residents and nonresidents will not be required to have a fishing license or trout/salmon stamps June 6-7. Anglers are reminded all 2020-’21 fishing regulations apply including bag and length limits.

Due to the public health risk, loaner equipment will not be available at some sites as in the past. Anglers should take their own equipment and bait.

Only anglers living in the same household (i.e. family members or roommates) should fish within six feet of one another. Events, such as fishing clinics, are canceled.

Anglers are encouraged to have a backup plan in the event there is crowding or unsafe conditions where they plan to fish. 

All DNR boat launches are open. Anglers and recreational boaters should continue to practice social distancing and keep travel to a minimum.

A list of launches and shorefishing access points is available on the DNR website to help anglers find fishing locations close to home. Boats need to be registered, which can be done either online or via mail.

Boaters are asked to 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 move live fish from any waterbody.

State parks open

Admission stickers will not be required June 6-7.

All state parks have updated hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., but all group, family and indoor group campsites will remain closed through June 7. The status of events, reservations and camping after June 7 is currently under review.

Some state parks have implemented capacity restrictions limiting admission. Make sure to look at current property information before visiting.

Parkgoers should re­mem­ber to take their garbage and recycling home with them as most state parks, forests, and other day-use areas do not have garbage or recycling bins.

Attractions at which social distancing cannot be achieved are closed at various properties; visit the park notices webpage 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.

A limited number of day-use area restrooms at park properties will reopen for public use beginning Wednesday, June 3.

State trail passes will not be required for both residents and nonresidents June 6-7.

All linear/rail trails will be open to the public, including ATV trails.

Safety first

When recreating, the DNR advises the following:

• Wear a lifejacket at all times when fishing from a boat, kayak, canoe or paddleboard.

• Use boat lights after sunset.

• Never consume alcohol or drugs before or during an ATV ride or while operating a boat.

• Wear a helmet and protective clothing such as eye protection, gloves, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt while riding an ATV. 

• All children under the age of 18 must have a minimum Department of Transportation standard motorcycle or ATV helmet; bicycle helmets are not legal.

• Keep your speed in mind as weather and terrain conditions vary or change.

Free Fun Weekend goers in Wisconsin are urged to continue to practice social distancing, avoid congregating in large groups, use hand sanitizer and wear masks when social distancing is difficult.