Wisconsin Gov. Evers requests DNR reopen some state parks, forests with conditions

Tuesday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers directed the state's Department of Natural Resources to reopen several state parks, forest and recreational area with some special conditions.

The areas had previously been closed due to unprecedented crowds and an effort to protect public health in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Evers directs Wisconsin DNR to close 40 state parks, recreational areas

Evers requested the DNR open 34 state parks and forests on Friday with added efforts to minimize overcrowding and promote social distancing requirements.

"Outdoor recreation is important for both physical and mental health, and I know how important it is to Wisconsinites to get outside and enjoy Wisconsin's natural resources and spring weather," Evers said in a statement. "With a few adjustments, like closing one day a week for maintenance and reduced hours of operation, folks should be able to get outside and enjoy our parks safely and respectfully."