“Family campground" means any tract of land designated for camping by families or groups of 6 persons or less.
“Group campground" means a campground designated for use by juvenile or adult groups.
“Juvenile group" means a group made up of juvenile members of an established organization and under the leadership of at least one competent, mature adult for each 10 juveniles in the group and using any number of camping units or occupying a group campground.
“Non-family group" means any 6 or less individuals who do not meet the definition of family.
“Northern flowage properties" means the Turtle-Flambeau and Willow Flowage scenic waters areas, and the Chippewa flowage.
“Northern state forests" means the Black River, Brule River, Coulee Experimental, Flambeau River, Governor Knowles, Northern Highland, American Legion and Peshtigo River state forests.
“Occupy," “occupied" or “occupying" means the camping unit, such as a tent, trailer or RV, is set up in a useable condition and for persons staying at the South Trout Lake, Plum Lake, Firefly Lake, Crystal Lake, Muskie Lake, Carrol, Indian Mounds and Clear Lake campgrounds on the Northern Highland-American Legion state forest, includes the requirement that campers check in or register at a contact station.
“Off-highway motorcycle" means a motor vehicle not more than 45 inches in overall width designed to travel on not more than 2 wheels in contact with the ground and is designed or modified for off-road use and is not eligible for registration with the Wisconsin department of transportation for on-road use.
“Organized climbing group" means a group engaged in rock climbing activities that is organized, sponsored, transported or supervised by a school, university, youth group, club, social organization, church, business, guide service or similar organization.
Any person afoot without the use of skis, skates or other similar devices.
Any physically disabled person in a wheelchair, either manually or mechanically propelled, or other low-powered mechanically propelled vehicle designed specifically for use by a physically disabled person, but does not include any person using an electric personal assistive mobility device.
“Physically disabled person” means a person who by reason of a physical impairment is a “qualified individual with a disability” as defined in 28 C.F.R. 35.104.
NR 45.03 Note
The procedures for DOT special identification cards are found in s. 343.51
, Stats., and ch. Trans 130
NR 45.03 Note
The Americans with Disabilities Act (Pub. L. 101-336, 104 Stat. 327, 42 U.S.C. 12101-12213
and 47 U.S.C. 225
) is interpreted by 28 C.F.R. 35.104
. Qualified individual with a disability means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable modifications to rules, policies, or practices, the removal of architectural, communication, or transportation barriers, or the provision of auxiliary aids and services, meets the essential eligibility requirements for the receipt of services or the participation in programs or activities provided by a public entity.
“Picnic area" means any tract of land developed and maintained for picnicking and containing not less than 5 picnic tables. Included in the definition of picnic area are adjacent playground and play field areas.
“Private schools" means institutions meeting the criteria of s. 118.165
“Proper self-registration" means depositing a completed envelope with accurate information and containing, at a minimum, the appropriate fees into a self-registration box upon entering a state park, trail, recreation area or forest.
“Range officer" means any department employee or person designated by the department to monitor activities on the shooting range.
“Registered camper" means a person camping on a campsite whose name is included on the camping permit for that campsite.
“Reservable remote camping" means a watercraft campsite on the Northern Highland-American Legion state forest that may have limited facilities such as pit toilets and fire rings that is reservable.
“Shooting Range” means a facility designated by the department that has target shooting with firearms, bows, or crossbows as its major purpose.
“Shoreline zones" means that area of sand or gravel beach from the water's edge to the first dune or to the tree line or other terrestrial vegetation, whichever is closest to the water's edge.
“Snowmobile" has the meaning specified in s. 340.01 (58a)
, Stats., and is considered to be a vehicle for the purposes of this chapter.
“Southern state forests" means Havenwoods state forest preserve, Point Beach state forest and all units of the Kettle Moraine state forests.
“Special event” means a temporary use of department property which permits an activity that is otherwise not specifically allowed under this chapter or which involves one or more of the following circumstances:
Requires exclusive use or closure of all or part of public facilities or areas within a property or effectively restricts or limits use of a property by non-participants.
Will take place during hours beyond normal property open hours.
Requires use of equipment or facilities not otherwise authorized for the proposed public use.
NR 45.03 Note
Section 23.27 (1) (h)
states “state natural area", unless otherwise limited, means any designated state natural area or dedicated state natural area.
“State park" or “state forest" means the area within the project boundary approved for the state park or state forest by the natural resources board.
“State trail" means a recreational trail designated by the department under s. NR 51.73
“Swimming beach" means any water area or adjacent land area designated as a swim area by standard regulatory markers or posted notice.
“Teepee" means a cone-shaped tent supported by poles which run from the ground through the apex of the cone, and is used for overnight camping by a family or non-family group.
“Vehicle" means any motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, or mobile home and is further defined in s. 340.01 (74)
, Stats. For purposes of this chapter, a snowmobile is considered to be a vehicle.
“Watercraft campsite" means a campsite along a waterway for use by persons traveling exclusively by watercraft.
“Water trail” means a recreational route on a waterway that has a network of public access points.
“Water view campsite" means a designated campsite in a state park or southern forest bordering on a body of water or with a scenic view of a body of water.
“Yurt" means a circular, tent-like structure supported on a lattice framework with a window or windows and a hinged door and is used for overnight camping by a family or non-family group.
NR 45.03 History
Cr. Register, December, 1983, No. 336
, eff. 1-1-84; renum. (2) to (17) to be (3) to (17) and (19) and am. (10) and (16), cr. (2) and (13), Register, August, 1986, No. 368
, eff. 9-1-86; renum. (18) and (19) to be (19) and (21), cr. (18) and (20), Register, March, 1992, No. 435
, eff. 4-1-92; renum. (3) to (18) and (21) to be (3) to (17) and (22) and am. (5), (6) and (21), cr. (18), Register, December, 1993, No. 456
, eff. 1-1-94; am. (6), renum. (9) to (22) to be (25), (9) to (13), (16) to (20) and (22) to (24) and am. (25), am. (11) and cr. (14), (15) and (21), Register, November, 1995, No. 479
, eff. 12-1-95; cr. (8m) and (21m), Register, December, 1999, No. 528
, eff. 1-1-00; CR 01-011
: cr. (8f) and (16m) Register April 2002 No. 556
, eff. 5-1-02; CR 03-035
: cr. (2m), (9f), (9m), (18m) and (26), am. (15) Register December 2003 No. 576
, eff. 1-1-04; CR 04-092
: cr. (6m), (9c), (9i), (9k), (14m), (15m), (16r), (16v), (18f), (18t) and (21g) Register April 2005 No. 592
, eff. 5-1-05; CR 07-026
: cr. (9g), (23m) and (27), am. (16) Register December 2007 No. 624
, eff. 1-1-08; CR 10-042
: cr. (3m) and (18k), am. (9i) and (15) Register December 2010 No. 660
, eff. 1-1-11; CR 16-001
: am. (3), (16v), cr. (18x), (21d), (25m) Register July 2017 No. 739
, eff. 8-1-17.
No person may destroy, molest, deface, remove or attempt to remove any natural growth or natural or archaeological feature except as follows:
Edible fruits, edible nuts, wild mushrooms, wild asparagus, and watercress may be removed by hand without a permit for the purpose of personal consumption by the collector. Willow stems not larger than 2.5 inches in diameter, from species not listed under ch. NR 27
, may be collected for personal noncommercial use by the collector for purposes such as trap stakes, with the property manager's approval.
NR 45.04 Note
Note: The collection of seeds from herbaceous plants such as grasses and wildflowers is not allowed without written authorization from the department.
Herbaceous plant species that are listed as prohibited plant invasive species under s. NR 40.04 (2) (b)
or listed as restricted plant invasive species under s. NR 40.05 (2) (b)
may be removed without a permit issued under this chapter.
Rocks, minerals or fossil materials may be collected for noncommercial purposes, such as educational uses and personal collections, by hand or using a hand held rock hammer or similar device in accordance with the terms of a written permit issued by the manager of the property on which the collecting is done. A collector may not remove more than 5 pounds of rock, mineral or fossil material per day from any property with a maximum total of 50 pounds per year. The permit may further limit the allowable methods and amounts of material collected.
Notwithstanding subd. 3.
, no person may collect rocks, minerals or fossil materials on state natural areas, state wild rivers, state parks, state trails, Havenwoods state forest preserve, state recreation areas, Point Beach and Kettle Moraine state forests, and any specific site which is designated as a noncollection site by the department.
The department may close, by posted notice, any land, structure, or property owned or administered by the state of Wisconsin and under the management, supervision, and control of the department. Closure may include prohibiting access for one or more types of activities and shall be implemented for the purpose of protecting public health, safety and welfare, or for protection of natural resources or property as determined by the secretary. No person may enter or be in any building installation or area that may be locked or closed to public use or contrary to posted notice without a written permit from the property superintendent.
Flying related activities, including but not limited to, hang gliding, parasailing, hot air ballooning, land sailing, flying model airplanes or sky diving on state parks, state recreation areas, state natural areas, Kettle Moraine and Point Beach state forests and Lower Wisconsin state riverway shall be restricted to areas posted for their use.
In-line skates or roller blades are permitted on all public highways and paved trails under department management and supervision except where posted against such use.
The department may, by posted notice, restrict climbing activities on any lands subject to this chapter. Notice of climbing restrictions shall be posted at the administrative office of the property and at the site where the climbing restrictions apply.
No person may transplant, relocate, stock or release any plant or animal, domesticated or wild, without written permission from the department.
No person may enter or be within the boundaries of any state park, state recreation area, forest campground, picnic area, beach, headquarters site, amphitheater, ice age center, posted parking areas, Point Beach state forest and specifically designated areas within the Lower Wisconsin state riverway between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and the following 6:00 a.m. except:
Registered campers in or enroute to their designated campsites.
Hunters or trappers entering department lands during an open hunting or trapping season on the land, provided the entry is no earlier than 90 minutes prior to sunrise.
Lakeshore state park.
Lakeshore state park hours of operation are between 6.00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., except for persons actively engaged in fishing, persons moving through the park on designated trails, or registered guests at the marina leaving or returning to their boats.
Users of state trails, except during hours of closure as posted by the department or by an entity operating a state trail under a written agreement with the department.
does not apply to any person who for the sole purpose of fishing:
Enters any state park or state forest recreation area on the opening weekend of fishing season, or
Uses the boat launch facilities and boat launching parking lots in the northern state forests.
Enters any state park or state forest recreation area one hour before sunrise.
The closing hours of this subsection do not apply to individuals with written authorization from the department or to those projects or parts of projects where the department has posted other opening and closing hours or where the department has waived these hours and established different hours for special events and programs. No person may enter or be within a department property contrary to closing hours established pursuant to this subsection.
NR 45.04(3)(a)(a) Disorderly conduct.
No person may engage in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct, or conduct which tends to cause or provoke a disturbance or create a breach of the peace.
The department may expel any person or persons from the lands under the management, supervision and control of the department for violations of any state law, administrative rule or posted rules or regulations. The period of time for which a person may be expelled is 48 hours, or for the period of their camping permit, whichever is longer. The
expelled person may not return to the property before the eviction period has elapsed or enter any other state park, forest, recreation area, or any other designated camping area for a period of 48 hours after eviction. Persons expelled are not eligible for refunds for unused camping fees or vehicle admission fees. People charged with violent, assaultive or disorderly behavior may be expelled until after the case is adjudicated in court.
(c) Observation towers.
No person may possess or consume any food or beverage, including fermented malt beverage or intoxicating liquor, when on any observation tower.
No person may dispose of any debris, waste or recyclable material except by placing the material in receptacles provided for those purposes.
No person may dispose of any waste or recyclable materials in any waste or recyclable receptacles or at any location if the waste or recyclable material is generated from a permanent or seasonal residence or a business or other commercial operation.
No person may operate any sound truck, loudspeaker, generator, chainsaw, air-conditioner or other device that produces excessive, loud or unusual noises without first obtaining a written permit from the department.
No person may solicit or collect funds or peddle or solicit business of any nature, post signs or distribute handbills or advertising matter unless first authorized by contractual agreement.
In addition to the requirements of subd. 1.
, in the state parks, state recreation areas and southern forests, no person may engage in commercial filming or photography or provide services for a fee that involves the provider's physical presence in the state park, state recreation area or southern forest unless first authorized by contractual agreement or a department commercial use permit.
No person may use in any manner the dock, pier, wharf, boat landing or mooring facilities in, or on, the waters in or immediately adjacent to any lands under the management, supervision or control of the department for the purpose of soliciting rides of any kind, unless authorized by the department.
This paragraph does not apply to the provision of emergency repair service or tour buses originating outside of department lands.
(g) Destruction of property.
No person may destroy, molest, possess without permission, attempt to remove or remove the property of others.
(i) Metal detectors.
The use of metal detectors is prohibited except by written permit issued by the property superintendent.
(j) Ski trails.
No person may hike or snowshoe on designated cross-country ski trails when the trails are snow covered.
(k) Quiet zones.
The department may establish quiet zones by posted notice. Within quiet zones, no person may operate a radio, boombox, musical instrument, tape player or similar noise producing device, unless the noise is confined to the person through the use of a headset.