DNR encouraging people to visit less-congested state properties Memorial Day Weekend

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Published: May. 25, 2023 at 11:30 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is encouraging people to explore less-congested state properties during Memorial Day Weekend, to avoid congestion at the most visited parks.

A media release from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources states, “Wisconsin is home to 50 state parks, 15 state forests, 44 state trails and several state recreation areas. There are several scenic properties where you can still find your adventure but with a smaller crowd.”

The media release provides this list:

  • Mirror Lake State Park is a prime spot for boating and swimming. Kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, canoes and pontoon boats are available for rent to get out on the namesake water. The park also features sandstone cliff ledges lining natural surface trails, a beach and an accessible pier.”
  • “For hiking, visit the miles of trails the wind through Governor Dodge State Park. The park offers easy hikes, steep hills with deep valleys, and trails for biking and horseback riding.”
  • “In the southeast, the Pike Lake Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest is terrific for picnicking and hiking. The Ice Age Trail also travels through the Pike Lake overlook, which showcases a panoramic view of the lake.”
  • “The Great Sauk Trail is one of Wisconsin’s many rail trails. The paved asphalt trail starts at the Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area and continues 10.5 miles paralleling the Wisconsin River through Prairie du Sac and Sauk City. Enjoy beautiful views, historic towns, fishing spots and local destinations for food, drinks and music.”
  • “Visit Natural Bridge State Park to see an incredible naturally formed bridge that is thousands of years old. It’s a good one to explore for families with hikers of all ages and is less than 20 minutes from Devil’s Lake.”
  • “For stunning views off the beaten path, explore Roche-A-Cri State Park. The park protects a 300-foot-high rock outcropping and Native American petroglyphs and pictographs.”
  • “Located near Castle Rock Lake, Buckhorn State Park is a great spot for water enthusiasts, hikers, campers and nature lovers. The park and two adjacent state wildlife areas cover more than 8,000 areas to explore.”

Additional information is available in the full media release from the DNR, HERE.