New DNR activities database connects people and places around state
MADISON The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources launched a new activities locator on its website.
The interactive tool, found by typing Explore Outdoors, allows users to search millions of acres of public lands by county, by proximity to a city by type of property or by one of 22 listed outdoor activities. For example, search terms can be combined to find dog training areas where you can also ride horseback within a specific county or near a listed city.
By clicking the property link from the search results, people can get more detail on the property, including maps. Kurt Thiede, DNR Lands Division administrator, noted that one search covers opportunities on all of the following DNR properties: state parks and trails, state forests, natural areas, wildlife areas, fishers areas and wild rivers. A general search of Walworth County, for example, lists 11 properties, from Big Foot Beach State Park to the White River State Trail.
The page also links directly to the DNR customer call center, which operates 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days per week, an includes a feedback survey so customers can provide input on how to improve the new service.