#LocalGovMatters – Parks

Summer is officially here, and this week on #LocalGovMatters Gwyn sits down with Missy Vanlanduyt from the WI DNR Parks Program, and Darren Marsh from the Dane County Land & Water Resources Department – Parks Division.

The first thing to know about using State Parks, County Parks and Municipal Parks are fees, passes and requirements.  Here’s what you need for State Parks:

Here’s what you need for County Parks:

Missy and Darren both highlight that to get the most accurate information, park conditions and rules – contact the park director directly.

The three discuss pets in parks.  Missy highlights that in State Parks it is required dogs stay on leash and under control. Check with each park – State, County or Municipal – to get all the rules. Darren highlights that dog parks may have additional rules – including pet permits and license.  (Here are the rules for Dane County Parks)

Drones – they are a popular hobby, but are not allowed in state parks.  Darren says each county regulates drone usage individually – so check with your local parks department before taking the drone out.

The three finish up the podcast by talking about what you need to know about swimming. It’s important people are safe – State Parks, and most County Parks – DO NOT provide lifeguards at beaches.  SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK.

This weekend (June 2-3) is free state park weekend. That means free entry to state parks and forests. Free fishing.  Free DNR trails. Free ATV/UTV riding on public trails open to such uses.  Check out the new logo – OutWiGo – Exploring Wisconsin State Parks.

This weekend is the Parks and Trail Unite Festival in Dane County.  The event is free and will take place at BOTH Lake Farm County Park and McDaniel Park. The celebration includes the new Lower Yahara River Trail.