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DNR News Releases

Proposed master plan amendments would improve ATV/UTV access at three Northwoods properties
MADISON - The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on proposed amendments that would provide access for motorized recreational vehicles at three properties in the Northwoods region of Wisconsin.
Central Office
Monday, January 22, 2018 3:23:20 p.m.
Parking vouchers "Sold Out" for Lapham Peak candlelight hike

Must have a voucher to enter the event this year... limited to 450 vehicles

DELAFIELD, Wis. - The 450 available parking vouchers for the candlelight hike this year being sponsored by the Friends of Lapham Peak have all been given out.
Central Office
Monday, January 22, 2018 2:06:31 p.m.
First CWD detection in Lincoln County will result in baiting and feeding ban in Lincoln and Langlade Counties
MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has received confirmation that a wild deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in northeast Lincoln County, south of Rhinelander.
Central Office
Monday, January 22, 2018 1:37:51 p.m.
Lake trout season on Lake Michigan now closed
MADISON - Lake trout fishing on Lake Michigan is now closed under a temporary rule that allowed year-long harvest of lake trout in Lake Michigan and increased the bag limit.
Central Office
Friday, January 19, 2018 2:03:37 p.m.
Jan. 20 Governor Dodge State Park candlelight event cancelled
DODGEVILLE, Wis. - A candlelight ski and hike scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 20 at Governor Dodge State Park has been cancelled. Warm temperatures are melting the snow that fell this week and is creating icy conditions on the trails.
Central Office
Friday, January 19, 2018 11:40:28 a.m.
Operation Safe Snow: DNR wardens to be on northern Wisconsin snowmobile trails to promote safe operators
WOODRUFF, Wis. -- Snowmobilers will see more Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conservation wardens on the northern Wisconsin trails this month promoting safe, sober and smart driving following a rash of serious injury and fatal snowmobile accidents.
Central Office
Thursday, January 18, 2018 1:25:56 p.m.
Draft management plan for Pierce County Islands Wildlife Area available for public input
BALDWIN, Wis. - Maintenance of quality floodplain forest and wetland habitats and continued emphasis on the traditional outdoor recreational activities of hunting, fishing, and trapping are the primary objectives of a draft Tier 3 management plan for the Pierce County Islands Wildlife Area, located on the Mississippi River near the Village of Bay City in Pierce County.The public can review and comment on the draft management plan during the comment period, which is open from January 16 through February 6, 2018.
Central Office
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:33:27 p.m.
Recreational Boating Facilities Grants are now available
MADISON- The Department of Natural Resources is again accepting grant applications for Recreational Boating Facilities grant funds. The application postmark deadline is February 1, 2018. Counties, towns, cities, villages, American Indian tribes, sanitary districts, public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts, and qualified lake associations, are eligible to apply for funds to undertake recreational boating facility projects.
Central Office
Friday, January 12, 2018 3:13:59 p.m.
New pricing structure to go into effect on Wisconsin State Park System properties Feb. 15
MADISON - A new demand-based pricing structure for Wisconsin State Park System properties will go into effect on Feb. 15, 2018 that is intended to encourage use and manage capacity while providing funds for property improvements that directly enhance visitor experiences.
Central Office
Friday, January 12, 2018 10:29:03 a.m.
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See bald eagles indoors, outdoors and up close at Bald Eagle Watching Days Jan. 12-13
No eagles will be released but bus tours, Decorah eagles film screening, eagle biology program added
SAUK PRAIRIE - Bald Eagle Watching Days in Sauk Prairie on Jan. 12-13 will feature close up views of bald eagles in nature and live raptor shows along with new presentations, exhibits and cultural experiences celebrating the nation's symbol and its comeback from the brink of extinction.

Central Office
Thursday, January 11, 2018 3:24:46 p.m.
Last revised: Sunday, December 10, 2017

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