State park campgrounds open June 10
List includes Hartman Creek State Park
Wisconsin will reopen state campgrounds on Wednesday, June 10, with special conditions to ensure the safety of staff and visitors.
That list of campgrounds includes the family campground at Hartman Creek State Park near Waupaca.
Some of the changes that campers and park visitors will experience beginning that day include:
• Automatic touchless check-in.
• New signs to educate visitors on recreating responsibly.
• Park offices will remain closed to the public.
Camping reservations will be accepted by phone at 1-888-947-2757 and online only to eliminate face-to-face interaction with state Department of Natural Resources staff.
Same-day camping reservations are also now available by phone at 1-888-947-2757 and the online reservation system.
Check-in is no longer necessary park offices or visitor stations. Campers should proceed directly to their campsite and begin set-up. Property staff will visit sites to monitor occupancy.
Group camping, shelters and amphitheaters will be closed through Tuesday, June 30. All reservation holders will be contacted and provided a full refund.
All other facilities will remain closed, including towers, shelters, playgrounds, nature centers, headquarters, contact stations and concession areas.
Most restrooms at state properties are now open.
Some remote water fountains may be closed in the day use area of the park or have the bubbler turned off and have access to the water spigot only.
Firewood is not available at state parks at this time and should be purchased before campers arrive.
Annual park stickers and trail passes are required to visit state parks and trails.
Stickers are available for purchase online or with credit card by phone from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily by calling 1-888-305-0398.
Annual trail and daily passes are not available for purchase at individual properties. Visitors must have an annual admission sticker adhered to their vehicle or proof of purchase for entry.
Once proof of purchase is shown, visitors must place proof of purchase on the dash of the windshield while parked within the boundary of the property.
The 2020 annual vehicle admission sticker is valid through Dec. 31, 2020.
An annual state trail pass is required for anyone age 16 or older biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding or in-line skating on certain trails. A pass is not required for walking or hiking. The annual trail passes are valid through Dec. 31 of the year they are issued.
Due to high demand, many properties will likely reach their pre-determined capacity limits. When this happens, properties will close until existing visitors leave and capacity is reduced.
Visitors are encouraged to explore other state recreation areas or visit during nonpeak hours before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
Attractions, including beaches, where social distancing cannot be achieved may close as needed.
All events and special event permits are canceled through June 30.
Volunteer activities will also follow the Bounce Back Plan and be permitted on a case-by-case basis depending on group size and whether the activity can be done maintaining 6 feet of space between volunteers.
Visitors are reminded to practice social distancing of 6 feet; refrain from congregating in large groups; travel only within local communities; and follow all existing state park rules and guidelines.
Visitors are also encouraged to wear masks in situations where social distancing is difficult.