Wisconsin State Parks

Want to move forward, as is Wisconsin's state motto, through the many state parks they have to offer? Never fear, for there are plenty of state parks to choose from that you are sure to find one near you, no matter where you live or where you decide to vacation. The following are only but a few of the numerous state parks in Wisconsin.

Have you ever visited a park that was close to 30,000 acres in size? Kettle Moraine State Forest is a state park in Wisconsin that is internationally known for its beautifully unique glacial features. You can start your exploration of the park by starting at the Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Center to learn more about the history of the park. If the history doesn't interest you, then the activities will. Take some time to camp out and enjoy your hand at fishing and horseback riding, off road biking, canoeing, hiking trails and more. For a more educational experience, enjoy one of the free programs offered, such as Smokey Camping Jr. Ranger Explorer, or the Fishing Tackle Loaner Program.

For another one of the largest state parks in Wisconsin, visit Governor Dodge State Park and all 5,270 acres it offers. You cannot get bored at this park, no matter what you like to do. For the outdoors enthusiasts there is boating, hunting, horseback riding, bicycling, and picnicking, in the warm months. When the snow hits, there are still many things to do. Try your hand at snowmobiling, ice skating, sled riding, and skiing adventures. When you add in the beautiful scenery, such as the Driftless Area, coined for the island of hills and valleys, you are guaranteed to enjoy your visit.

For a state park in Wisconsin with tons of activities, come to Peninsula State Park. This 3,776-acre state beauty offers the best camping experience around, with 468 campsites to date. While you camp, you can enjoy other activities such as swimming, hiking, boating, and fishing. Peninsula State Park offers other special attractions that are sure to bring their guests back for more. Take a shot at the 18-hole golf course or check out the musical theater located in the park. Try to climb the historical lighthouse on Eagle Bluff and enjoy the view from the top. The park is open year-round for tons of fun and activities for the entire family to enjoy.

For a batty time while in Wisconsin, visit Yellowstone Lake State Park and its 4,050 acres of beautiful landscape. Batty, you ask? It may be the 4,000 plus brown bats that make their home here. Evening campers can gather at the bat houses to watch the bats fly around the sky hunting, and basically eliminating the population of mosquitoes. These bats are a project of a park volunteer named Kent Borcherding, and are a big attraction of the park. However, Yellowstone Lake Park offers much more to do, such as swimming, fishing, boating and picnicking. They are open all year round for an exciting visit no matter when you drop by.