Wisconsin DNR opens park campgrounds

Campers must make reservations online or by phone; facilities such as shelters and playgrounds remain closed.

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will reopen state campgrounds Wednesday, June 10, with special conditions to ensure the safety of staff and visitors.

The changes include automatic touchless check-in, closed park offices and new signs to educate visitors.

Camping reservations, including same-day reservations, will be accepted by phone at 1-888-947-2757 and online only. Check-in is no longer necessary at the office or visitor station. Campers can proceed directly to their campsite and begin setup. Property staff will visit sites to monitor them.

Annual park stickers and trail passes are required to visit state parks and trails. Annual stickers are available for purchase online or with credit card by phone from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 888-305-0398. They are not available for purchase at individual properties.

Most restrooms at state properties are open, although some remote water fountains may be closed in the day use area of the park. All other facilities will remain closed, including towers, shelters and playgrounds.


Some properties, including Rock Island State Park, Pewits Nest, Parfrey’s Glen, Dells of the Wisconsin River and Gibraltar Rock will remain closed. Attractions within state parks where social distancing can’t be achieved may also be closed.

Firewood is not available at state parks; any firewood to be used should be purchased within 10 miles of the camping location.

Visitors are reminded to practice social distancing of 6 feet, refrain from congregating in large groups, travel within their home communities and follow park rules and guidelines. In situations where social distancing is difficult, visitors are encouraged to wear masks.

Due to high demand, many properties are likely to reach their predetermined capacity limits. When that happens, properties will close until existing visitors leave. All events and special permits are canceled through June 30.

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