Potawatomi Tower Information Session January 12th

The Wisconsin DNR has announced a virtual public information session regarding progress with the observation tower in Potawatomi State Park, during which they will be sharing the next steps for the tower project. The tower was closed in December of 2017 after engineers found unsafe conditions with significant wood decay in the structure. At 6PM on Thursday January 12th, the chosen engineering company for the … Continue reading

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Eastern End of Ice Age Trail Moving

Currently, the eastern terminus of the Ice Age Trail is at a large glacial boulder and historical marker in a heavily wooded area next to a restroom in Potawatomi State Park. The Wisconsin DNR announced Monday that the trail’s official end and the boulder will now be moved 0.3 miles west to the old ski hill overlook. The new location was deemed more picturesque with … Continue reading

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State Parks Update and Rock Island Re-Open Date

The Wisconsin DNR has informed us that starting April 30th, there will be some changes to the state park system. Playgrounds will be open. Volunteer group sizes will be increased to 50 people. The capacity for open-air shelters, amphitheaters, and outdoor group campgrounds will be increased to 100 people. Non-department led special event capacity will increase from 50 to 100 people, and special event permit … Continue reading

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Rock Island Totally Closed to the Public

Last week we reported that Rock Island State Park had closed for the remainder of 2020 due to accessibility limitations and concerns related to COVID-19. All camping reservations have been canceled and reservation holders are to be provided a full refund. The Friends of Rock Island State Park have also canceled all boathouse and lighthouse tours as well. In a most recent update, the Wisconsin … Continue reading

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Group Camping at State Parks Returns July 13th

The Wisconsin DNR will now begin to allow group camping again for groups of 50 or less with reservations on Monday July 13th. Also, they will begin placing camp hosts at state park campgrounds, and select state parks will again be selling firewood to campers. Both Peninsula and Potawatomi State Parks are among those offering firewood. Special park operation conditions remain in place to ensure … Continue reading

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WI State Park Campgrounds Reopen June 10th

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is reopening state campgrounds this Wednesday June 10th. There will be special safety conditions including automated touchless check-in, new educational signs on responsible recreation, and park offices will remain closed to the public. Scheduled or same-day campsite reservations will only be accepted by phone or online to eliminate face-to-face interaction with D.N.R. staff. Check-in is no longer necessary at … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Free Fun Weekend June 6-7

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is hosting their 8th annual “Wisconsin Free Fun Weekend” this June 6th and 7th. During that weekend state park admission stickers and trail passes will not be required. Also, you will be able to fish without a fishing license and without trout or salmon stamps. All other fishing regulations will still apply. On that weekend, ATV’s and UTV’s will … Continue reading

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Wisconsin State Parks Return to Regular Hours. Rock Island State Park Remains Closed.

The Wisconsin D.N.R. has informed us that beginning May 23rd, all Wisconsin state parks will return to regular operating hours of 6:00 am to 11:00 pm seven days a week. They will no longer be closed on Wednesdays. One exception, however, is that Rock Island State Park will remain closed to all use, including camping, until July 1st. Ferry service to and from Rock Island … Continue reading

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