The first weekend in June offers ample opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors in Wisconsin as the state celebrates “free fun weekend.”
Admission stickers are waived for Wisconsin’s state parks and forests, trail passes are waived for state bicycle and all-terrain vehicle trails and no fishing licenses are needed to fish state waters.
Those who camp at state parks still need to pay for their campsites.
Many other trails are also celebrating with organized hikes, rides or events. People can enjoy free access to state-owned and operated trails that normally require a trail pass for those 16 or older who want to bike, in-line skate or horseback ride.
Find trails by searching the Department of Natural Resources website, dnr.wi.gov, for “Find a Park”; and find events by searching for “Get Outdoors,” and then select the calendar search function for June 4-5.
People can fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend. This includes all inland waters and Wisconsin’s side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River.
Other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish you can keep and any seasons when you must release certain fish species.
If you don’t own fishing gear but would like to give it a try, equipment is available through tackle loaner programs at many state parks and DNR offices.
Contact a tackle loaner site to find out what’s available at a location convenient to you. Additional free fishing activities taking place around the state can also be found by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords “free fishing weekend.”
Wisconsin law requires those who use Wisconsin ATV or UTV trails to display either Wisconsin registration or a nonresident trail pass, but on Free Fun Weekend, ATV/UTV owners do not need to have their machines registered in Wisconsin and nonresidents do not need to have a trail pass.
For more information or to report a violation, call Warden Paul Sickman at 715-684-2914, ext. 120.