Wisconsin kicks off the first weekend in June with four ways to enjoy the outdoors for free. “Wisconsin is having, really, open houses in four big categories from our state parks, to a free fishing weekend, ATV weekend, and a state historical visitor appreciation day. So if you’re looking for something great to do, something outside, something interactive, this is the weekend for you and you can’t beat the price.”
Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett says there’s no charge for admission to state parks, forests, recreation areas and DNR-managed state trails on Saturday only. It’s one way to promote tourism in the state, which is a $16.8 billion industry, according to a recent report. This “4 Pack of Fun” weekend gives people a taste of what Wisconsin has to offer.
Tourism is a substantial and growing driver of the Wisconsin economy and it represents a significant source of business sales, employment, and taxes in Wisconsin.
It’s also Free Fishing Weekend. No money? No license? No problem. “And this includes all 15,000 lakes, all of our rivers and streams,” Klett says, “Also, if you’re a first timer and you’re new to fishing and you don’t know if you’re gonna like it, this is a perfect way to try and see ‘OK, is this something I want to invest in or not?'”
Great time to test the water, so to speak. Dozens of free fishing clinics will be offered where you can learn the basics and borrow equipment for free. Klett says it’s a great way to try something new and enjoy what Wisconsin has to offer.
The first annual Free Wheel’n ATV Weekend is both Saturday and Sunday. Ride for the weekend without paying the annual registration fee. State Historical Visitor Appreciation Day is on Sunday, June 2, at four sites offering discounts: Madeline Island Museum, Pendarvis, Stonefield and Villa Louis.