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DNR: State Parks and Recreational Areas Remain Open


While the federal government shutdown has closed federal recreational areas in Wisconsin, people can still visit state-owned lands.

According to the DNR, Wisconsin has 1.5 million acres of state land people can visit, including parks and trails, and all county and local recreational areas remain open as well. Autumn, with its bright colors peaking in the north, is a popular time for people to head outdoors. 

Among the federal properties closed in Wisconsin: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, the Chequamegon/Nicolet National Forests and the national refuge at the Horicon Marsh.

However, at the Horicon Marsh, the State Wildlife Area and the Visitors Center remain open - and events on its calendar will continue, as scheduled.

Some activities at the Ice Age National Scenic Trail are canceled, because they involved partnerships with federal agencies.

The DNR urges people to check its web site, when looking for outdoor places to visit.