Winter camping at Wisconsin state parks can be fun
A vacation without bugs, crowds, coolers and airport delays?
It's all right here in Wisconsin with winter activities at more than 30 state parks, forests or recreational areas.
Choose backpack camping to family campsites - with or without electricity, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, animal tracking, bird watching and ice fishing.
Parks open to winter camping have water available and open toilet facilities.
Some park and forest campgrounds and campsites are plowed out for recreational vehicles.
For reservation information, call (888) 947-2757. Most forest offices are closed on weekends during the winter. For park information, call (608) 266-2181.
Once the destination is decided on, the next step is to gather up the gear.
James Bishop, DNR public affairs manager and avid winter camper, said "Winter camping, whether in a campground or remote wilderness at minus 20 below zero or 30 degrees above, can be fun, but only with the right preparation and gear."
The following are his recommendations: