The June tradition of a free outdoors weekend in Wisconsin is back for another year! The Wisconsin DNR has will give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy many outdoor activities without having to pay any fees or licenses this weekend (June 4-6, 2016).

The "fee holiday" gives everyone the chance to explore many of Wisconsin's awesome outdoor activities, such as fishing, visiting state parks, or riding on ATV trails. If you're looking to take advantage of the free weekend and need some ideas planning, hit the button below to take advantage of the Wisconsin DNR's planning website. We also have a list of what you can do for free this weekend below.

Local Organized Family Activities

  • Douglas County: Brule River Hatchery and Bois Brule Campground Canoe Landing
    • From HWY 2 and Brule, go south on Ranger Road to Hatchery Road
    • Family Fun Day, including fly fishing, catch and release fishing, fish filleting demonstrations, hatchery tours, archery, lunch, and more. You can learn more here.
  • Bayfield County: Les Voigt Hatchery
  • Ashland County: Northern Lakes Visitor Center
    • 2 Miles west of Ashland on US Hwy 2
    • Learn fishing tips and techniques from experienced anglers and biologists. It is recommended to bring a fishing pole if you have one, but loaner gear will also be available. Registration is recommended the morning of the event. You can learn more here.

What You Can Do For Free in Wisconsin For the Free Weekend

  • Fishing Wisconsin lakes and streams

    • Residents and non-residents can enjoy a free weekend of fishing, without the need for a license. This includes inland trout, Great Lakes trout, and salmon fishing.
    • Free fishing equipment is being offered for loan at many state parks around Wisconsin for those without equipment of their own.
    • Fishing rules such as limits, size and species of fish that you can keep do still apply during free fishing weekend.
  • Use of DNR Trails

    • All state trail fees on DNR-owned properties are waived, and many cooperatively-run state trails will also waive fees.
  • Entry to State Parks and Forests

    • Vehicle admission stickers for state parks will be waived for the weekend, allowing free admission to enjoy hiking, sightseeing, and more.
  • ATV/UTV riding and trail use

    • Owners of ATV/UTVs can ride for free. Residents do not need to have machines registered to ride this weekend and non-residents do not need to have a trail pass to ride for the weekend.
    • All safety rules and laws still apply.