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Amnicon Falls faces off against other state parks in DNR's new Facebook contest

Sara Olson gets hit by mist of the Upper Falls at Amnicon Falls State Park. (Jed Carlson/

MADISON - Sixteen of Wisconsin's lesser known and used state parks properties are ready to go head-to-head in the first ever "Wisconsin State Park Treasures" contest. Up for grabs are bragging rights for the winning state park and a prize package for one lucky winner. The opening bracket for the contest, which begins today, includes Amnicon Falls Park in Douglas County facing off against Council Grounds State Park, which is located near Merrill.

The public will have an opportunity to vote for one of the parks in the contest on the Department of Natural Resources Facebook page Parks selected for the contest represent different geographical regions of the state and are ones people may not be as familiar with as some of Wisconsin's highly visited parks.

"The concept is similar to a basketball tournament bracket with state parks facing off against each other," said Trish Nitschke, DNR social media coordinator.

Parks with the most votes by the end of each voting period move on in the competition until only one park remains. Everyone who votes is entered in a random drawing.

"The first round of voting runs March 19-25 with the 'Green 16' teams. March 26-April 1 will be the 'Great 8' teams. We will be down to the 'Fabulous 4' teams April 2-4 and the final round will be held April 5-7," Nitschke said.

The winning park will be announced on April 8, and one person will be randomly selected to win a prize package. That package consists of a $50 Wisconsin state park campsite gift certificate, donated by Active Network, Inc., a 2014 resident annual state park sticker, a 2014 annual trail pass, and a campfire cookbook, all donated by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks.

There is no cost to enter the contest, but entrants must "like" the Wisconsin DNR Facebook page to enter. People can vote once a day during each day of the contest.

To learn more about Wisconsin state parks properties, search the DNR website for keyword "parks."