OMAHA, Neb. – A new
National Park Service report shows that 273,933 people
visiting national parks in Wisconsin spent $28.4 million
and supported 422 jobs in the state in 2012.
“The national parks of Wisconsin attract visitors from
across the country and around the world and provide
premiere historical, cultural, natural and recreational
experiences,” said NPS Midwest Regional Director Michael
T. Reynolds. “This new report shows that national park
tourism is a significant driver in the national economy
– returning $10 for every $1 invested – and funding
generated by national parks has a swift and direct
positive impact on local economies in Wisconsin as
The national parks in Wisconsin are: Apostle Islands
National Lakeshore, Bayfield, and Saint Croix National
Scenic Riverway, Saint Croix Falls.
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was
conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine
Cullinane Thomas, Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for
the National Park Service.
According to the report, most visitor spending supports
jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, 39
percent; hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts, 27
percent; and other amusement and recreation, 20 percent.