An estimated 20-million, 600-thousand people visits Wisconsin State Park System properties last year. The coronavirus pandemic that has been so hard on so many facets of Badger State life has actually given the parks a boost. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says park attendance was up by three-million visitors in 2020. Sales of annual passes jumped by 40-percent. Camping was up six-percent even though campsites were actually closed for several months. The park system is self-funding, so it gets to spend the extra money brought in. Leaders say the parks have a lot of needs, including infrastructure repairs. The D-N-R says it’s already seeing yet another increase in reservations for 2021.

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