Cyclists ride along the Glacial Drumlin Trail in the
Town of Genesee.
Nothing to do? Or it costs too much? Or it’s too far?
onto your bicycling helmet or kayak paddle for Free Fun
Weekend in Wisconsin. And there’s a lot to do in Waukesha
no admission fee for parks and forests, trail passes are
waived, and people can fish without a license on state
waters Saturday and Sunday. The exceptions are state
campsites aren’t free and fees aren’t waived at nonprofit
Heritage Hill State Park.
land in Waukesha County - county parks notably aren’t
included - it’s a good time to try something new or revisit
an old pursuit, outdoor fun experts say.
what you want to do, we’ve got it,” said Anne Korman,
superintendent of Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit.
“It's fun to provide these outdoor activities.”
include hiking, bicycling on a state trail or mountain bike
trails, swimming, fishing and kayaking. About 45 miles of
the Ice Age Trail run Waukesha County.
actually love the Ice Age Trail. It’s amazingly beautiful.
Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail never gets old for me.
There’s always something cool to see. The springs are always
bubbly and something's usually blooming,” Korman said.
the metro Milwaukee area and near Chicagoland and the
Madison area, the Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit
draws 1.2 million visitors annually.
and local economies benefit from Wisconsin state parks,
forests and trails, which attracted a record 16.5 million
visitors in 2015 and estimated total spending by park
properties visitors at more than $1 billion a year, Gov.
Scott Walker said in a news release on Free Fun Weekend.
the state is adverse to casting for more or those who
slipped away to other pursuits. “Free” helps grease the
wheel, whether it's the state Glacial Drumlin Trail for
bicyclists and others or any open body of water for fishing
great weekend for novices and veteran anglers; maybe people
who have shied away from it for a few years it’s a great
weekend to get back into it,” said Theresa Stabo, fisheries
outreach coordinator with the state Department of Natural
annual fishing licenses are $20 plus $10 for a trout stamp.
The state has tried to lure first-timers and those who
haven’t fished for a decade with a $5 annual fishing fee.
people are fishing, they should take a buddy who hasn’t
fished for a while with them. This would be a great weekend
to do it,” Stabo said.
clinics will be held across the state by local groups, which
is good for new anglers and those who need to get caught up
on regulations, Stabo said.
Oconomowoc Parks and Recreation Department will host a
clinic from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial
Park. Jennifer Froemming, recreation manager for the
Oconomowoc Parks and Recreation Department, said people need
to call 262-569-2199 to register to ensure enough equipment
includes instruction on baiting a hook, knot tying and
casting with time for free fishing. It’s rain or shine,
barring heavy rain or lightning, Froemming said.
places will loan tackle for free.
said the campground at Ottawa Lake will loan tackle this
weekend. There will be one-hour guided kayak tours as well,
teaching the basics, at 10 a.m. 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3
p.m. Saturday at the lake at Highway ZZ, just west of
Highway 67, in the Town of Ottawa. Sign up is encouraged by