It looks like state parks turned into a blessing for a lot of Wisconsinites during the pandemic!
Missy VanLanduyt, with the Wisconsin State Parks System said in 2021 visitation through March 2021 has actually trended 30% above last year. VanLanduyt says she expects record visitation again this summer.
Last year Wisconsin State Parks saw such an increase in traffic that some popular parks have implemented capacity requirements. That means you might have to wait to get in. Campgrounds will continue to accept reservations, but VanLanduyt says to consider going during a weekday to minimize the wait. The busiest times typically are weekends between 10-4 pm. She also says just adjusting the time you’re planning to visit a park may help. Maybe an evening picnic instead of midday.
VanLanduyt points out that “all recreation types are open now”, including hiking, biking, swimming, boating, camping, kayaking rentals, equestrian use, ATV trails, and climbing..
Best to “know before you go”. Check social media outlets or the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources site to find out about fees required or finding admission passes. Just to be safe, VanLanduyt notes that most restrooms are open, and water is available, but bringing along water, snacks, and sunscreen might help improve your experience.