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Offline Gypsea

Wisconsin Hiker Biker sites
« on: June 05, 2024, 11:44:24 am »
In spite of the document ACA has and what I read therein, I just spoke to someone at one of the state parks (Kohler SP) and here's what they told me...

Most state parks have just one hiker biker site.  First come. If that site is full, and all other campsites are full (weekends usually are), you will be turned away and not allowed to camp in the state park. They will not accommodate a hiker/biker if no designated site is available.  Just a heads up if you are going to Wisconsin expecting a no turn away response.

Anyone have recent first hand experience or more information, I'd welcome your comment.

Offline driftlessregion

Re: Wisconsin Hiker Biker sites
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2024, 06:19:06 pm »
Wisconsin state parks will not turn away a cyclist if the campground is full. The site they offer may not be great and may not have a table, (I speak from experience) and they only offer this for one night. Kohler-Andrae State Park is very nice. Give a try.

Offline Gypsea

Re: Wisconsin Hiker Biker sites
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2024, 06:23:31 pm »
Thanks for the input. I wonder why, then, when I called Kohler SP on 6/5/24, the person (ranger?) I spoke to said they WOULD turn me away.  She seemed somewhat familar with the document regarding this, from which I read. It would be pretty stressful to arrive late in the day and be told I have to go someplace else, especially since I don't know the area.  I decided I would call each of the state parks that I expect to visit and ask the same question.

Offline driftlessregion

Re: Wisconsin Hiker Biker sites
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2024, 03:18:27 pm »
I found this on the Adventure Cycling website  https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/no-turn-away-bike-camping-policies/ and  https://www.adventurecycling.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Wisconsin-no-turn-away-policy.pdf. I will continue to find the citation from state admin code for you to quote when arriving at a park. We had to do that once. Again, don't be surprised if the site offered isn't great. Wisconsin state park campgrounds have been very full last few years.

Offline Gypsea

Re: Wisconsin Hiker Biker sites
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2024, 05:22:18 pm »
Yes, I have the document that is provided by Adventure Cycling.  If one reads the last four paragraphs, it sort of gives them the option of turning people away.  I called each of the four state parks I planned on visiting.  The DNR manages them and pretty much said we'll turn you away if no spot.  The only one that I will make a reservation for is Kohler.  The others said they would find a place. 
I'd recommend anyone using the hiker biker sites to read the ACA documents carefully and call the individual parks.  However, I know from personal experience that Washington State and Oregon will always take care of any hiker/biker who needs a place to camp.
Tailwinds....

Offline John Nelson

Re: Wisconsin Hiker Biker sites
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2024, 11:12:13 pm »
What one person tells you would theoretically happen in the future is almost irrelevant. People get their own policies wrong all the time, and the person you talk to today may not be the same person there when you get there. Whenever you can find an official policy in writing, carry a copy with you.

Offline Gypsea

Re: Wisconsin Hiker Biker sites
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2024, 11:42:42 am »
Thanks and yes I'll have my copy. And names of the supervisors I spoke to.  I'm sure it will all work out and looking forward to exploring Wisconsin!