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Free Fishing Weekend also means free state park and state trail access


UNDATED (WSAU) -- What started out as Free Fishing Weekend has expanded to include other activities.

Ed Culhane with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says this coming weekend is also a weekend for free state park access without the vehicle sticker, and free state trail access. He says many of the fees associated with state property are waived, but campers will still be paying for campsite registration. Culhane says if camping is your interest, call ahead to make sure there are available campsites because they book far in advance.

Culhane says there are many activities this weekend that are free, and checking the DNR website is a good start.  “If you go into our web page, which is dnr.wi.gov, and right on the front page there’s a free weekend video and access button, and there’s a kind of a cool page, Explore Wisconsin page, where you can decide what kind of activity you want to do and it will help you find it, whether you’re interested in trail riding, and it can find the kind of trail you might want to find whatever county you’re in.”  He adds, “Whether it’s birding, or bike riding, or horseback riding, or fishing, or whatever it is, we have the tools on our webpage to help you plan for your weekend.”

Culhane says this is a rare weekend where you can see what state parks have to offer without spending a lot of money, which means you can also try out new and different activities.  “There are lots of activities going on in the parks, or if you just want to go in and fish for a day if it’s a park that’s got some nice fishing, or just walk the trails, or if it’s a park that has a beach and you want to spend time on the beach. I think it’s going to be nice and warm Saturday. Any of that is free. You can go in and park and enjoy our beautiful parks.”

(Listen to our interview with Ed Culhane on our website, here.)