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St. Croix parks to have open house, state parks plan free days

St. Croix County will host a County Parks Open House Day Sunday, June 2, for all park visitors.

The Open House Day offers free vehicle admission for all visitors into the county's three staffed parks - Glen Hills Park, Troy Beach and Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake.

(Additional fees for camping, boat or canoe rentals, and group shelter rentals still apply.)

Parks Operations Manager Dave Larson encourages area residents to discover and explore these St. Croix County parks. He says they are great places to plan a family event like swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking or just relaxing.

For park locations, directions and a list of amenities available at each location visit the St. Croix County Parks website: StCroixParks. On the left-hand sidebar, select the county park you wish to visit.

State Parks plan free days

Free fun is on tap June 1 and 2 for everyone in Wisconsin's great outdoors.

On these two days, Wisconsin residents and visitors can fish for free, hike or bike state trails for free, and ride public ATV trails for free. On Sunday, June 2, they can enjoy free admission to state parks and forests.


New this year, Wisconsin residents and nonresidents can ride their ATVs or UTVs on public trails for free on those two days. A law advanced by the Wisconsin ATV Association and passed in 2012 created the free weekend.

Normally, Wisconsin residents have to register their ATVs or UTVs with DNR for public use to operate on public trails, or other areas open to the public like frozen water bodies. Nonresident riders normally have to buy a nonresident trail pass to ride on these areas in Wisconsin. On June 1 and 2, the registration and trail pass fees are waived. All other ATV and UTV regulations apply during the weekend.

Free fishing

The free fishing in Wisconsin on June 1 and 2 applies to all waters. No fishing license is needed to fish any waters -- this includes inland trout and Great Lakes trout and salmon fishing, which normally would require a trout stamp in addition to a license. Fishing rules such as limits on the size and species of fish that can be kept do apply, however.

On June 1 and 2, all state trail pass fees on all DNR-owned state trails are waived. Cooperatively-run state trails also may waive fees.

On Sunday June 2, all state park vehicle admission sticker fees on all DNR-owned properties are waived.

For questions or comments, call Sickman at 715-684-2914, ext. 120.

Bow fishing

With rough fish entering the shallows, many people are starting to bow fish.

Equipment requirements for legal bow fishing include arrows equipped with a metal barbed tip that is attached to the bow with a tethered line that allows for retrieval of the arrow and the fish.

Rough fish taken by bow cannot be released or returned to the water. Rough fish cannot be left on the shores or banks of the waterway where the rough fish were harvested. Crossbows are legal for bow fishing.

Bow fishing is legal in all of St. Croix County lakes, except within the Willow River State Park. Bow fishing is allowed during the day and/or night with the aid of lights.

Remember to be courteous to homeowners when using lights at night on the lakes. Make sure if using a motorboat the registration is current and all safety equipment is on board such as personal flotation devices and navigation lights.

For any questions or to report a violation, call Sickman at 715-684-2914, ext. 120.