Visitors to two national parks in Wisconsin spent $28.4 million in
surrounding communities in 2012.
to a new National Park Service report.
It shows that
nearly 274,000 people visited Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
in Bayfield and Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway in St. Croix
Falls in 2012.
The report says
those visitors spend $28.4 million in the surrounding communities
within 60 miles and supported 442 jobs in the state.
The bulk of it
was at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The more than
163,000 visitors in 2012 spent more than $24 million in
communities surrounding the park.
National Park Service says 283 million tourists to the parks spent
$14.7 billion in nearby communities.