Wisconsin state parks to resume some regular operations
Restrooms to be closed until June 3, when some will open
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin state park system will begin cranking up operations Saturday, with some tweaks to maintain safe conditions taking the novel coronavirus pandemic into account.
State park properties will return to regular operating hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week, and properties no longer will be closed Wednesdays.
Restrooms will be closed, but a limited number of day-use area restrooms will reopen for public use beginning Wednesday, June 3. Visitors are reminded to plan ahead as well as bring hand sanitizer in case a facility doesn’t have sanitizer.
All group, family and indoor group campsites will remain closed through June 7. All events and shelter reservations are canceled or postponed through June 7. Permit and reservation holders will be contacted and provided a full refund.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is reviewing the status of events, reservations and camping after June.
Rock Island State Park is closed to all use, including camping, until July 1. Ferry service to and from the island is on hold until further notice because of high lake levels and pending guidelines, according to the ferry operator.
The following properties will remain closed:
• Dells of The Wisconsin River State Natural Area.
• Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area.
• Parfrey’s Glen state Natural area.
• Pewits Nest state Natural area
Visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings in situations where physical distancing may be difficult. This may apply to outdoor spaces as well.
A few reminders heading into the Memorial Day weekend:
• An annual park sticker or trail pass is required to visit state parks and trails. Passes can be bought online or by calling (888) 305-0398 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
• All restrooms are closed through June 2.
• Temporary capacity restrictions will be put into place as needed to manage admissions and overcrowding at properties.
• Attractions at which physical distancing cannot be achieved are closed at various properties. Visit the park notices webpage for information about ongoing closures.
• All other facilities that are closed now remain closed. These include towers, shelters, playgrounds, nature centers, headquarters, entrance stations and concession buildings remain closed to the public.
• Fight the Bite! Ticks are out, and visitors should take precautions to prevent Lyme Disease.
Most Wisconsin state parks, forests and other day-use areas do not have garbage or recycling bins. Visitors need to take garbage and recyclables home.
For specific information regarding the COVID-19, check the DHS website for updates, and to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.
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