The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced several State Park System operations updates.

The state offers 49 state parks, more than 500 boat launches, 15 state forests, 44 state trails, over 5,000 campsites and much more for outdoor enthusiasts.

Starting April 30, the following changes will be implemented:

• Observation towers and playgrounds will be open.

• Volunteer group sizes will be increased to 50 people.

• Capacity for open-air shelters, amphitheaters and outdoor group campgrounds will be increased to 100 people.

• Nondepartment led special event capacity will increase from 50 to 100. Special event permit applicants may work with property staff to phase larger events with capacities over 100.

• Stand-alone concession facilities will open to the public at 50% capacity including staff.

Camping update

In addition to the operations updates, the following amenities continue to be available to state park visitors:

• Family camping (100% reservable with auto check-in).

• Outdoor group camping, maximum capacity of 100 people (100% reservable with auto check-in).

• Bathroom and dump station facilities.

• Accessible cabins.

• Drive-up window service.

• Concessions, including firewood sales.

Rock Island will remain closed to all visitors through Thursday, May 27, to allow for repairs to the dock including dredging of the dock area. Camping reservation holders will be contacted directly and those scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, May 26, or Thursday, May 27, will be given the opportunity to shorten their stay to arrive on Friday, May 28.

Indoor group campgrounds and indoor shelters, including the Flambeau River State Forest yurt, will also remain closed through June 1. Wisconsin state park and property visitor capacity closures will remain in place to help manage overcrowding and promote social distancing.

Pewits Nest and Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Areas remain open.

State park visitors can purchase annual admission passes online, over the phone by calling local properties directly or in-person at self-registration stations at individual properties.

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