Fishing resources

Ministry of Natural Resources: Organization of a free fun weekend on June 4 and 5

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to join us for the 10and Annual Free Entertainment Weekend, June 4-5, 2022. State park admission fees, fishing permits, and trail passes are waived for all visitors.

Grab your family and friends and head outside for the weekend of free fun and find your adventure. Wisconsin is home to 49 state parks, 15 state forests, 44 state trails, 84,000 miles of rivers and streams, approximately 15,000 lakes and more.

The DNR encourages Wisconsinites to discover a new favorite park, trail, forest or recreation area or try a new activity over the weekend. Share your adventures during Fun Free Weekend using the hashtag #OutWiGo on Instagram.

“We have seen a lot of growth in state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas over the past 10 years. The Free Fun Weekend is always a great opportunity for parks teams to welcome back summer visitors,” said Steve Schmelzer, MNR Director of Parks and Recreation Management.

Saturday, June 4 is also National Trails Day. Whether on foot, bike, ATV, horseback or personal watercraft, Wisconsin has thousands of miles of trails for you to enjoy. Celebrate your hometown trails and show your support for trail networks.

During Free Fun Weekend, there will be free fishing clinics at properties across the state for beginners. Find free fishing clinics and other fun events by visiting the MNR Events and Programs Calendar.

“From beach walks at waterfront properties like Rock Island State Park in Door County, to biking and birding in forests like Kettle Moraine State Forest, to fishing and camping at river parks like Nelson Dewey in Grant County and relaxing by the waterfalls at Pattison State Park in Superior, there are abundant natural areas and hidden gems to explore,” said Schmelzer said.

Find a complete list of state properties, activities, and maps by visiting the DNR website. Reserve a refuge or a camping pitch via the DNR’s online reservation system.

Before heading to a state park, trail, or body of water near you, here is some helpful information:


  • Vehicle admission stickers will not be required.
  • All state parks and trails will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Rolling windows, play areas, restrooms and viewing towers are open.
  • Office buildings, concessions, visitor centers and nature centers are open.
  • Programs and events are posted on the MNR website.


  • Passes will not be required for residents and non-residents.
  • All linear/rail trails will be open to the public, including ATV trails and horseback riding trails.
  • ATVs, UTVs and OHMs are exempt from registration requirements. Resident and non-resident ATV riders do not need a pass to ride the state ATV trails.


  • Residents and non-residents will not be required to have a fishing license or trout/salmon stamps.
  • All 2022-2023 fishing regulations apply, including catch and length limits.
  • This is the perfect time of year for small and largemouth bass, sunfish and northern pike to be active.
  • New to fishing? Check out the free clinics housed on state properties.
  • Due to COVID-19 precautions, loan materials may not be available. Anglers must bring their own gear and bait.
  • Locate shore fishing launches and access points near you.


  • All DNR boat ramps are open.
  • Boats must be registered, which can be done online or by mail.
  • Minimize the spread of aquatic invasive species by removing plants and animals from boats before and after launch, draining all water from compartments, and never moving live fish from a body of water.


  • Always wear a life jacket when fishing from a boat, kayak, canoe or paddle board.
  • Use boat lights after sunset.
  • Never consume alcohol or drugs before or during an ATV ride or while operating a boat.
  • Wear a helmet and protective clothing such as goggles, gloves, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when riding an ATV.
  • All children under the age of 18 must have at least a Department of Transport standard motorcycle or ATV helmet – bicycle helmets are not legal.
  • Keep your speed in mind as weather and terrain conditions vary or change.