New DNR Activities Database Helps Wisconsin Residents Find Fun in the Outdoors


Finding fun in Wisconsin just got a whole lot easier with the launch today of a new activities locator that can be found on the DNR’s website by searching for “Explore Outdoors.”

This new interactive tool allows users to search millions of acres of public lands by county, by proximity to a city, by type of property or by one of 22 listed outdoor activities. For example, search terms can be combined to find dog training areas where you can also ride horseback within a specific county or near a listed city.

“Wisconsin has so much to offer in the way of outdoor recreation opportunities,” said DNR Administrator Kurt Thiede. “There are countless possibilities, and to make it easy for residents we’ve created this webpage to help them find the kind of place and activity they’re looking for.”

By clicking the property link from your search results, you get more detail on the property, including maps.   Theide notes that one search covers opportunities on all DNR properties. Property types include state parks and trails, state forests, natural areas, wildlife areas, fisheries areas and wild rivers.

“Most, if not all, of these properties offer multiple recreational opportunities, and that’s what we’re trying to do here, to make all the opportunities to engage in an outdoor recreation open and available to folks,” explains Thiede.

The page also links directly to the DNR’s customer call center, which operates 7 am to 10 pm, seven days per week, and includes a feedback survey so customers can provide input on how to improve the new service.

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