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Wisconsin InfoLink is an almanac of Wisconsin facts and resources compiled by Ron Larson. Each week on the WisconsinWatch blog, Larson introduces us to some of these gems.

Summertime is in full swing. Many Wisconsin residents are busy with travel plans, recreational activities and hitting the state’s top tourist hot spots.

Popular Wisconsin destinations for camping, hiking, swimming and picnics are the state parks. Since 1900 when the first state park was established, Interstate Park, people have found the parks to be wonderful summer escapes.

To learn more about Wisconsin State Parks, Wisconsin InfoLink has provided a handy list of all of the parks, complete with contact info and links. A chart is also available providing basic information for each park, such as year established, county location, acreage and annual visitors. The links lead you to additional information on each park.

All of the Wisconsin State Park information is available at your fingertips. Now all need to do is to find your camping gear and pack the cooler.

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