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Wis. State Parks and Trails remain open, campsites closed

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Posted at 11:03 AM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 12:03:24-04

WISCONSIN -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has decided to leave State Parks and Trails open for public use with some limitations.

A recent statement from the Department of Health Services (DHS) recommends cancel ling or postponing gathering of 10 people or more to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

"We recognize that spending time outdoors benefits both physical and mental health. Getting outdoors can also help relieve stress, especially during this public health emergency. A quiet walk does wonders to reduce our anxieties," said DNR Secretary Preston D. Cole. "The DNR is committed to providing a safe environment for our visitors to enjoy, while protecting the health of our staff."

Parks staff and law enforcement will be diligently ensuring groups stay below 10 people as well as provide routine sweeps of state park system properties.

According to the DNR, State Parks and Trails will enact voluntary registration fees through self-registration or electronic kiosks.

In addition, they say all state park offices, visitor center, and non-essential building will be closed at this time. Bathrooms on state properties will remain open provided there are enough resources and cleaning supplies for staff to maintain cleanliness in those facilities.

The DNR says all campsites will be closed through April 30. This includes individual, group, and indoor.

DNR staff or Camis Reservations staff will be reaching out to people with current or upcoming reservations to issue refunds. They will not accept new reservations at this time. Questions regarding camping reservations can be directed to the Camis Call Center at (1-800) 947-2757.

DNR property managers will also be contacting groups or individuals who have existing special event permits.

Customer service representatives for the DNR will continue to provide service via phone at (1-888) 936-7463 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.