Work*Play*Earth Day–2014*

bildePeople can celebrate Earth Day while helping out and enjoying Wisconsin state park, forest, trail and wildlife properties during the sixth annual Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteer events are sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and Department of Natural Resources properties. The events will be held April 19, 26 and May 3, 2014.
Volunteers can join DNR staff, local friends group members, and people from nearby communities to help repair and enhance park, forest and trail properties. Activities include planting trees and shrubs, installing benches, removing invasive plants, painting picnic tables and other structures, raking and cleaning up leaves and picking up litter. Refreshments will be provided and Friends of Wisconsin State Parks will also provide appreciation gifts for volunteers.
"When the work is done, volunteers join staff in hiking or biking park trails, visiting nature centers or interpretive displays, or enjoying any of the recreational opportunities available at the different properties," said Patty Loosen, friends coordinator for the state parks program.
Loosen says during the 2013 Work *Play* Earth Day events, more than 700 volunteers donated more than 2,500 hours cleaning up and maintaining parks and trails, planting more than 500 trees, doing invasive species work and building bird houses, planting native plants and repairing picnic tables.
Volunteers should check with the park, forest, trail or recreation area where they would like to participate for event start times and details. Volunteers should wear work boots or athletic shoes, long pants and bring their own work gloves. Come and be part of the 2014 Work*Play*Earth Day events at these Wisconsin state properties!
To find out more about the parks listed below, search the DNR website for "find a park."
Saturday, April 19, 2014
- Big Foot Beach State Park - Lake Geneva - 262-248-2528
- Kohler-Andrae State Park - Sheboygan - 920-451-4080
- Mirror Lake State Park - Baraboo - 608-254-2333
- Newport State Park - Ellison Bay - 920-854-2500
- Stower Seven Lakes State Trail - Amery - 715-485-9294
Saturday, April 26, 2014
- Buckhorn State Park - Necedah - 608-565-2789
- Hank Aaron State Trail - Milwaukee - 414-263-8559
- Harrington Beach State Park - Belgium - 262-285-3015
- High Cliff State Park - Sherwood - 920-989-1106
- Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit - Campbellsport - 262-626-2116
- Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit - Eagle - 262-594-6200
- Lakeshore State Park - Milwaukee - 414-274-4280
- Lapham Peak State Forest - Delafield - 262-646-3025
- Perrot State Park - Trempealeau - 608-534-6409
- Pike Lake State Forest - Hartford - 262-670-3400
- Richard Bong State Recreation Area - Kansasville- 262-878-5600
- Whitefish Dunes State Park - Sturgeon Bay - 920-823-2400
Saturday, May 3, 2014
- Devil's Lake State Park - Baraboo - 608-356-8301
- Hartman Creek State Park - Waupaca - 715-258-2372
- Merrick State Park - Fountain City - 608-687-4936
- Roche-A-Cri State Park - Friendship - 608-339-6881
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Friends Announce Spring Newsletter

Clipboard01The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks have announced the publication of the Spring newsletter – Between Friends.  The newest publication is all about springing into action – on a bike!
  • Roger Putnam, III, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks reviews the first of four Regional Friends Summit and what will be happening this summer.
  • Bong Naturalist Association is hi-lighted in this issue.
  • The main page is all about jumping on a bike and enjoying the nearly 750 miles of bike trails found in Wisconsin
  • Lists the parks, trails, and forests taking part in Work, Play, Earth Day.  Find one near you and enjoy the fun.
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks mission is to enhance, preserve, protect, restore, and promote Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.  The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks welcomes the support of individuals and businesses who share a commitment to conserving, protecting, and enhancing the natural and recreational areas of our state. Help keep Wisconsin's parks and forests places that all can enjoy, forever. By becoming a member of a friends group, you can support conservation and education in Wisconsin’s State parks, forests and recreation areas.
Click here for Spring Newsletter 2014  PDF


The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks  has received a donation from the Subaru corporation through Sommers Subaru in Mequon for the money donated during the “Share the Love” promotion at the end of 2013.  Each time a person purchased or leased a new vehicle during the promotion at Sommers Subaru – the person could choose among 5 non-profits for a donation to that charity of $250.  During the promotion,The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks received $6,166 by being selected.
Thank You SOMMERS SUBARU for your contribution to Friends of Wisconsin State Parks from the "Share the Love" promotion!
This will help us in our mission to "Preserve, Protect, Promote and Enhance" the Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas!

Straight Lake State Park*

LocationA pristine natural area and quiet beauty are found at Straight Lake innorthwest Wisconsin. This 1,800-acre park is open to foot traffic only. Lake views and glacial features provide great vistas on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail within the park. Fishing is allowed and boats may be carried in to fish.
Straight Lake State Park is a new park still being developed. It plays host to a section of the Ice Age trail. The trail moves through the forest until it reaches Straight Lake. The lake is so beautiful and relaxing to sit next to. There is one island photoin the middle of it for day use. It would be a great place to bring a canoe to and paddle. That is precisely what two men were doing that we greeted on the way back to the trailhead. They had an absolutely beautiful day for it and I’m sure they had a great paddle. This park has a lot of potential and it will be interesting to see what becomes of it.
Straight Lake is about 12 miles northeast of St. Croix Falls. Take State Highway 35 north through Luck or south from Frederic in Polk County. Straight Lake is about 3.5 miles east of Highway 35 via 270th Avenue. The park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

***** Jonathon Ringdahl visited all of Wisconsin’s 64 State Parks, State Forests, and recreational areas in 2012. This is another in a series of articles he is writing for the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. Opinions expressed in this blog are the author’s.

Lake Wissota State Park Seeks Campground Host

Campground Host SiteLake Wissota State Park, near Chippewa Falls is currently looking for a campground host  for the spring and fall seasons. A campground host is a volunteer position that is offered free camping for services that you provide to us and for our park guests. For 2014, we have an opening beginning about April 25th through May 22nd and an opening in the fall beginning about September 4th  through October 31st.

Responsibilities of a volunteer campground host require approximately 2-4 hours of work daily and include; assisting campers with self-registration, posting reservations, providing information to park users, checking restrooms for cleanliness and stocking restroom supplies, picking up litter, cleaning campsites and campsite fire rings, painting,  lawn mowing and other light maintenance as you are able and assigned. Candidates must be hospitable and friendly, self- motivated and able to work independently.

For information about Lake Wissota State Park and to contact park staff you may visit