With budgets tight, Wisconsin state parks are increasingly relying on donated time and money from volunteer groups known as Friends of the Wisconsin State Parks.
A small number of popular Wisconsin state parks are subsidizing dozens of money-losing properties across the parks and recreation system.
This summer, Wisconsin’s state park campgrounds will complete the largest expansion of electric sites in decades — a response to growing demands from campers and to economic pressures.
An overview of the Wisconsin state parks program history, budget, properties, and user fees.
With taxpayer funding for Wisconsin’s state parks slowly shrinking, parks are increasingly reliant on revenue from visitors, and donated money and time from volunteer groups.