|Across Wisconsin, beautiful state parks, forests, trails and more offer opportunities to get outdoors. And the fun doesn’t stop when winter winds blow.
Some would argue that winter brings out the best in our state parks for those who enjoy a quiet walk in the woods. Scenic snow-covered landscapes are perfect for exploring on foot, with generally fewer people around to disrupt wildlife watching, a reflective stroll with a friend or perhaps some much-needed solitude.
Opportunities to hike and snowshoe in winter are plentiful and can be found statewide. Check out our Instagram guide to plan a walk at a hidden gem near you.
Want more to explore? View the Wisconsin State Park System’s website.
Explore 25,000 Miles Of Trails By Snowmobile
There’s nothing better than making fresh tracks in the snow. With more than 25,000 miles of groomed trails across the state, there’s plenty to explore.
Not sure where to explore? Check out this list of the Top 6 Snowmobiling Spots from Travel Wisconsin.
No matter which trail you choose, think smart before you start with these tips:
- Don’t drink and ride.
- Stay on marked trails and routes.
- Always wear your helmet and safety gear.
- Slow down and use extra caution at night: Remember that there is a 55 mph speed limit at night.
- Travel with a friend, carry a cell phone and let people know where you are going and when you’ll return home.
- Dress appropriately, carry a first aid kit and navigation tools.
- Take a snowmobile safety course.
Visit the DNR Safety Education webpage for details and to locate a class or take an online course.
Bald Eagle Watching Days Go Virtual
Each year, bald eagles from northern Wisconsin, Canada, northern Michigan and Minnesota move south in winter in search of open water where they can catch fish. They typically congregate along open water areas along the Wisconsin, Mississippi and Fox rivers. Several Wisconsin communities offer bald eagle watching events in winter to take advantage of this majestic sight.
While the COVID-19 public health emergency has spurred event changes and/or cancellations, you can still enjoy virtual events. Mark your calendars to join one of these virtual options:
Eagle Days in Kaukauna: Jan. 23, 2021. Enjoy a virtual raptor show (registration required) as well as socially distanced outdoor events.
Bald Eagle Watching Days in the Sauk Prairie area: Jan. 23 and Feb. 6 & 20, 2021. Attend Wisconsin’s longest-running eagle-watching event without leaving the comfort of your home.
All-Terrain Wheelchairs And Sit Skis Open The Outdoors For Wisconsinites With Disabilities
Winter in Wisconsin is a difficult time for many people with disabilities. Snow not only makes it hard to enjoy the outdoors, but also to complete simple tasks outside of the home. The DNR strives to open the outdoors for all through adaptive equipment rentals.
The DNR’s cross-country sit skis allow people with mobility impairments to get out into the peace and solitude of winter. The sit skis are available for free use at six locations with flat, groomed trails that allow for easier maneuverability.
Outdoor all-terrain wheelchairs (OWCs) are another great option for people with mobility issues to use year-round. OWCs are designed with safety in mind and can easily take on snow, mud and other obstacles that could otherwise pose a threat during the harsh winter months. Wisconsinites can rent OWCs free-of-charge from Access Ability Wisconsin.
Read more about all-terrain wheelchairs and the DNR’s partnership with Access Ability Wisconsin in this article from Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.